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  • Aug 31, 2014
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Buildings Department

Landlords neglect duty to prevent killer landslides

Nearly a quarter of landlords ordered to repair their man-made slopes in the past three years have not done so, Buildings Department figures show. More than 760 orders are still pending and the department has taken 32 landlords to court in the past 12 months. However, only nine people in such cases pleaded guilty.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013, 4:22am

Lessons in safety need to be learned again

Whenever a terrible disaster occurs, whether it is a fatal blaze or ferry collision, the questions asked are the same. How did it happen? Is anyone responsible? And above all, how can it be avoided? It is as much about doing justice to those who suffer as learning our lesson. It is imperative that no questions are left unanswered.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am

Repairman fined HK$10,000 over To Kwa Wan building collapse

Chu Wai-wing, 77, the only person prosecuted over the 2010 collapse, which killed four people, maintained he was a "scapegoat" shouldering all the blame, which the Buildings Department should have shared.

7 Mar 2013 - 7:06am

No sign of concrete action since To Kwa Wan tragedy

The Buildings Department appears to have done little to improve its inspection system three years after the collapse of a To Kwa Wan tenement that killed four people, critics say.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:38am 1 comment

Henry Tang's wife charged over illegal basement

A Buildings Department spokesman confirmed yesterday that the probe into the 2,250 sq ft basement at the house at 7 York Road, Kowloon Tong, had been completed and a summons issued on February 9.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am 8 comments

Henry Tang puts department against wall

Failed chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen handed the Buildings Department a tricky dilemma yesterday when he asked them to approve his proposal to seal his unauthorised basement with a brick wall - just as his rival Leung Chun-ying had done.

5 Jan 2013 - 8:48am 17 comments

200,000 village houses face warnings on illegal structures

Buildings Department officers will this week begin handing out as many as 200,000 warnings and demolition orders to the owners of village houses with illegal structures.

30 Dec 2012 - 1:23pm 11 comments

Probe of Leung's former home in Stanley draws a blank

The Buildings Department is unable to confirm whether an illegal extension exists in Leung's property in Stanley after inspectors failed to locate any entry point yesterday.

It will carry on the inquiry and check other flats in the threestorey building, officials said.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:49pm 1 comment

Buildings Department officials denied entry to CY Leung's flat

Buildings Department staff were denied entry into Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's Stanley flat, which allegedly has an illegal basement, the department said.

8 Dec 2012 - 4:49am

Chief executive 'ignored' pleas by Buildings Department

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has ignored four requests from the Buildings Department for information about a brick wall he built to seal up an unauthorised extension in one of his houses on The Peak, despite his claims that he has been helpful to the investigation.

28 Nov 2012 - 7:11am 6 comments