Developers have criticised the government for ignoring their concerns in drafting a bill to regulate the sale of new homes. The bill requires developers to publish the price lists of all flats before sale if the project contains up to 30 homes. It also bans them from quoting gross floor area to describe flat sizes. The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong is resisting those two key clauses. It suggested legislating the bill in parts, leaving out the controversial elements in the first phase, but this was rejected by the Transport and Housing Bureau. Stewart Leung Chi-kin, chairman of the association's executive committee, said the gross floor area should be published alongside the saleable area, as 'it's the buyer's right to know what he has bought'. Leung said it was unfair that property agents could quote gross floor area in second-hand sales, but not developers. 'Selling a completed new property and a second-hand property is largely the same.' The association said the bill was ambiguous and would make it easy for developers to fall into traps. It said the bureau had not provided sufficient reasons in turning down its demands. The Legislative Council's bills committee is seeking to get the bill through before Legco's term ends in July. The association also submitted a legal counsel's opinion to the panel last month, arguing some parts of the bills might not be constitutional. Leung said they did not intend to delay the legislation, but they wanted it to be clear, fair and transparent. 'We are the ones who have to abide by the new law, but we don't even understand it,' he said. Leung said they had not considered taking any legal action against the government, and would follow the bill if it was passed. It was unreasonable to require developers to publish price lists of all flats for small projects because some might not want to sell all of them in one go, Leung said. 'If one publishes the price list and adjusts the prices later for flats that are not sold, he could be accused of misleading [buyers], when in fact the adjustment is actually made according to market fluctuations.' The bureau said it responded to the association's suggestions in a public consultation report in March.