• Sun
  • Apr 20, 2014
  • Updated: 2:29pm

High rents

Letters to the Editor, March 17, 2013

Parallel-goods trading is a controversial topic and a practice condemned by many people. However, I think it is beneficial to Hong Kong to some extent.

Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 2:21am 1 comment

Hong Kong planners must cater to noodle shops amid unsavoury rent rises

There is nothing quite like the great wonton and noodle shops in Hong Kong. They are not fancy places, but have been in the same location for ages - beloved local institutions with lifetime customers. But, in the past few months, several historic noodle shops and cafes have closed due to rising rents.

16 Mar 2013 - 2:40am 4 comments

Doubled rent forces closure of 42-year-old Lei Yuen Congee Noodles

Nearly a hundred people queued outside a 42-year-old congee and noodle shop in Causeway Bay yesterday to say goodbye on its second last day of business. 

29 Jan 2013 - 11:25am 6 comments

The pain of the squeezed middle class

I am in shock. The person who put me in this state is my landlord who has informed me that my rent will go up by 40 per cent when the lease runs out. He recently bought the place from the previous owner, put me in a temporary flat, renovated mine and now wants to drain my wallet. I had heard horror stories of jaw-dropping rent rises but never thought it would happen to me.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am 3 comments

Restaurants pay top rents for spot in Causeway Bay's Ginza-style project

Rents at Soundwill's new "Ginza-style" commercial project, Soundwill Plaza II - Midtown, in Causeway Bay had set a record for restaurant tenants in the city's busiest shopping district, market sources said.

Five restaurants have committed to lease six of the 31 storeys - the top five floors and the third floor. Each has a balcony.

9 Jan 2013 - 4:08am

Letters to the Editor, January 7, 2013

Laws designed to protect maids ignored

I could not agree more with Geoff Carey's letter regarding the vulnerability of domestic helpers in Hong Kong ("Maids will be at mercy of agencies", January 1).

I especially want to direct attention to his point that Hong Kong does have rule of law, "but its effectiveness depends on enforcement".

7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am 3 comments

Call for last orders after 45 years

The 45-year-old Kam Kee Cafe in Shau Kei Wan will be closing next month after the property owner asked for a 150 per cent increase in rent.

28 Nov 2012 - 2:37am

Shape Easy 22 blames high rents for outlet closures

Beauty and fitness centre Shape Easy 22 says soaring rents forced it to close its three of its outlets this week.

The centre posted notices on the doors of its Mong Kok and Causeway Bay branches saying its leases had ended and would not be renewed because of rent rises of 80 per cent. The notices said the company was searching for new premises.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:17am

High rents force consulates out of Central district

The high cost of renting an office in Hong Kong is forcing more consulates out of core districts. At least three have relocated recently or are planning to do so. The consulate of Sweden has moved from the Hong Kong Club Building in Central to the Bank of East Asia Harbour View Centre in Wan Chai, while the Romanian consulate has shifted from the Lippo Centre in Admiralty to 148 Electric Road in North Point.

31 Oct 2012 - 10:02am 2 comments