Number of evictions in Spain a record high in 2012

Spanish courts executed 75,605 eviction orders last year, a 16.7 per cent increase over the previous year.

Eviction procedures in Spanish courts for unpaid mortgages and rent hit a fresh high last year, an oversight body said, as a sharp economic downturn and record unemployment continued to take a toll.

Wednesday, 27 March, 2013, 6:06am

Vietnam spares Hong Kong-funded bear rescue centre from eviction

A bear rescue centre for animals saved from the Asian bile trade, which has been at the centre of a high-profile land dispute, has been spared eviction. Photo: AFP

A sanctuary for bears rescued from the Asian bile trade, which has been at the centre of a high-profile land dispute, has been spared eviction by Vietnam's government.

The US$2 million facility run by Animals Asia Foundation, the Hong Kong-based animal welfare group, was told last July that it could face eviction from the Tam Dao National Park.

17 Jan 2013 - 5:20am

Eviction threat to cigarette smugglers on public housing estates

Public housing estate tenants who place phone orders for contraband cigarettes to be delivered to their homes may face eviction if arrested and convicted, a senior customs officer said.

Wan Hing-chuen, divisional commander of the customs services' anti-illicit-cigarette investigation unit, issued the warning after a task force detected 96 phone-order cases.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:18am 1 comment

It was time for Occupy Central protesters to be forcibly moved

Finally, the authorities have taken action to evict members of Occupy Central, who have been camping on the ground floor of HSBC headquarters for almost a year. Bailiffs were sent to the scene after protesters ignored a court order to leave two weeks ago. It is regrettable that the group remains defiant and had to be forcefully removed after scuffling with law enforcers.

12 Sep 2012 - 1:41am

Poor thrown aside in flats crackdown

Hongkongers were relieved when the government cracked down on old buildings jammed with illegally partitioned flats early this year. Two deadly fires last year had roused public concern, and the forced demolition seemed reasonable - except to many of those who were forced to leave their humble homes.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A bad week for ...

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing touts crackdown amid land-grab protests

Beijing has stepped up its crackdown on brazen land grabs and forced demolitions after a nine-month-old regulation intended to curb unlawful evictions has proved to be largely toothless.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Licensed vendors in Mong Kok seek legal aid to resist eviction

Two government-licensed Mong Kok hawkers applied for legal aid yesterday to challenge eviction notices filed by Law Kar-po, son of late Bossini chain founder Law Ting-pong.

4 May 2011 - 12:00am

Villagers concede defeat and reluctantly walk away from their Tuen Mun homes

After a six-month battle, a Tuen Mun village has finally been vacated by residents to make way for a public housing estate.

About 80 villagers had vowed to 'defend our homes to the death' on Monday, as the deadline for a government clearance order passed.

29 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Six arrested for defying eviction over dam work

A long-running eviction dispute at one of the biggest dam projects in Sichuan province has taken another turn, with six villagers detained because of their persistent protest against what locals call unfair resettlement.

24 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Inquiry into wedding banquet complaints

The Consumer Council has received more than 60 complaints from couples who had planned their wedding banquets at Club Regency, a Kowloon Bay banquet hall. The private club will close on March 31 after its landlord won a court application last week to evict the club for failing to pay two months' rent. The club can use the premises for pre-booked weddings until March 31.

29 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Property history

September, 2005 After several rounds of talks, the site's developers successfully apply to the Jiulongpo district housing administration for a demolition order.

January 2007 the housing administration holds a hearing and upholds the demolition request.

3 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

'Nightmare' tenant to lose home for littering

He becomes the first casualty of demerit scheme

Littering has cost Yuen Kin-man more than a $1,500 fine - it has cost him his home.

The Housing Department yesterday gave the 'nightmare' tenant one month to move out of his subsidised flat in Tuen Mun, making him the first public tenant to be evicted for dropping rubbish.

22 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Make way for the truly needy

Although Hong Kong is known to the outside world as a bastion of capitalism, where market forces reign supreme, it also boasts a sizeable public-housing programme.

18 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Estate tenant digs in heels over littering

The Housing Authority may have to review the penalty scheme it uses to punish dirty tenants if a second challenge to an eviction under the system succeeds.

No one has been evicted yet under the two-year-old scheme.

A tenant ordered to leave after accumulating 17 points for littering and spitting lodged an appeal with the authority yesterday.

1 Jul 2005 - 12:00am