From public housing to luxury houses on The Peak, flat inspector Tsim Chai-nam has seen it all. And he has found one thing many homeowners have in common: the urge to rip out furnishings provided by developers.Monday, 2 December, 2013, 12:19pm
When Mr and Mrs Wong were planning to buy a second-hand flat in east Kowloon, they were concerned there might be hidden problems.
Would the roof leak, or would there be cracks on the walls they couldn't spot? It was a big decision, so before they signed the deal, they decided to enlist the help of a clerk of works to inspect the unit.15 Oct 2010 - 12:00am
Compulsory en bloc acquisition of units in old and neglected blocks in Hong Kong for redevelopment could be sped up by policy changes the government is proposing in a bid to get rid of buildings that pose 'a serious threat to public safety'.27 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
Drainage pipes with fungi growing in them, pipes so encrusted that stalactites have formed within, and washbasins with no sealed bottom, finding any of these in your newly purchased home would be a nightmare.
Tsim Chai-nam, however, has seen them all, and many worse defects as well. Fortunately for him, he always spots them at other people's homes.8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am
'I want to fight for justice.' That's the mantra of Tsim Chai-nam, known to many through a television property programme on which he uses his tailor-made equipment to show viewers how to examine their flats or new houses.
His own bad experience drives his search for justice.11 Aug 2004 - 12:00am