Nigerian consulate general sued over HK$62,000 in rent arrears

Landlords say it failed to pay rent for two months on upmarket Mid-Levels apartment

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 June, 2014, 4:49am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 June, 2014, 5:16am

Two landlords of a Mid-Levels flat are suing the consulate general of Nigeria over rent arrears of HK$62,000 and seeking the return of their property, a writ filed to the High Court shows.

Flat owners Tang Chiu-kin and Lau Oi-wah named the Nigerian consulate general as the defendant that had allegedly fallen behind with its lease payments for the upscale Royal Court home on Kennedy Road for two months.

The consulate general entered into a two-year tenancy in August, agreeing to pay HK$31,000 per month, the pair said in the writ, filed on Monday.

According to the terms of the agreement, the tenant must pay the rent on the due date each month. If the rent is unpaid for more than seven days, it is lawful for the landlord to re-enter the premises.

Tang and Lau say the consulate general has failed to pay for the months of May and June. They claim to have repeatedly requested and demanded the outstanding sum, to no avail.

"By reason of the matter as aforesaid, the defendant's tenancy of the said premises has become liable to be forfeited by the [landlords] and has been forfeited or is being forfeited by the issuance of this writ," the pair say in their writ.

"The [landlords] are hereby entitled to possession of the said premises."

Tang and Lau want the courts to order the consulate general to vacate the flat and return it to them, and to pay the HK$62,000.