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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    New Territories villagers must play by the rules

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 03:14am by SCMP Editorial

    ... as infringing on private property rights. In a protest against development restrictions in northern Lantau, angry villagers bulldozed an ecologically sensitive mangrove in front of media cameras ... been flattened. The row underlines the conflict between conservation and property rights. If the villagers think their rights are unreasonably restricted, they can make representations ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1580942/new-territories-villagers-must-play-rules
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must remain alert to dangers posed by forces of nature

    Posted Aug 24th 2014, 03:43am by SCMP Editorial

    ... a long way and the loss of life and property during typhoons is no longer as severe as it once was. This is partly the result of technological advances that enable more accurate weather forecasts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1580139/hong-kong-must-remain-alert-dangers-posed-forces-nature
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Dubious windows show flat buyers need better protection

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 03:47am by SCMP Editorial

    ... bathrooms barely big enough for a sink. The latest oddity that has come to public attention is removable "fixed windows"- an increasingly common feature used by property developers to get around environmental and planning rules. Most buyers are not even aware of it until the flat is handed over. Tight building rules and limited living space mean residential projects are often ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1547455/dubious-windows-show-flat-buyers-need-better-protection
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong's new disclosure rules on flats not enough

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... in the industry, leading to those incredibly shrinking shoeboxes whose living space is often much smaller than advertised. The Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Ordinance will ban the use of gross ... living space available. So far, so good. Now, the new law also forces developers and agents to disclose anything that may "affect the enjoyment" of the property, such as noise pollution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1203353/hong-kongs-new-disclosure-rules-flats-not-enough
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Caution about Hong Kong's economic outlook is warranted

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 04:29am by SCMP Editorial

    ... stressed that the "through train" has risks and the economy could come under pressure, particularly the property market, should the US raise interest rates. Share prices have been lifted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1573098/caution-about-hong-kongs-economic-outlook-warranted
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Both sinners and saints in Wenzhou church row

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 04:25am by SCMP Editorial

    ... what the provincial government says is a campaign to promote economic development by removing older and illegal properties. Church leaders and overseas human rights groups say it is a crackdown ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1565058/both-sinners-and-saints-wenzhou-church-row
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Are taxis in Discovery Bay the thin end of the wedge for residents?

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 03:42am by SCMP Editorial

    ... But delivery and service vehicles have since boosted tunnel traffic to 1,000 movements a day, on top of internal traffic like shuttle buses to the ferry. And now, having departed from the residential ... the hotel zone. Otherwise it will seem they are really for the benefit of the hotel- at this stage. If the current relaxation of vehicle restrictions boosts property values, many owners can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1531175/are-taxis-discovery-bay-thin-end-wedge-residents
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Proposals a welcome step to closing illegal guest houses

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... As the licensing regime only considers fire and building safety, some guest houses have been approved even though the buildings in which they are located are restricted to private residential use. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1555506/proposals-welcome-step-closing-illegal-guest-houses
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Beijing should resist pressure to turn on the fiscal tap

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 04:13am by SCMP Editorial

    ... mini-stimulus measures apparently stabilised growth and offset the drag of a weak property market. But economists were quick to characterise it as short-term relief from pain rather than long-term gain, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556616/beijing-should-resist-pressure-turn-fiscal-tap
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Property slump will test Beijing

    Posted May 19th 2014, 02:32am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Property a test of Beijing's resolve Among soft economic growth figures released in Beijing last week one weighed heavily on the others- property. Officials reacted ... cent. The central bank's move should help reduce massive inventories of unsold homes. But China's property market remains headed for correction, with implications for a shadow banking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1515146/property-slump-will-test-beijings-economic-resolve

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