NINE families will be evicted from their homes on top of Kingland Apartments in Mongkok today after the administration rejected calls by legislators to wait a week. One tenant, Lau Hung, said the families would stay and defend their rooftop flats until the last minute, but pledged not to do anything unlawful. He said that after they were forced from their homes, they would rather become street sleepers than accept the Government's 'unfair' offer. The families, which involve about 30 people, demand to be rehoused in urban public housing flats. The Housing Department has agreed only to put them in urban temporary housing areas. The Legislative Council's house committee on Friday asked the administration to delay the clearance one week, to allow further talks. But assistant director of the Buildings Department, Lok Che-leung, yesterday said the Government had talked to the tenants many times and there was no point waiting. Secretary for Housing, Dominic Wong Shing-wah, and Director of Buildings, Helen Yu Lai Ching-ping, appealed to the rooftop dwellers to accept the terms offered. Mr Wong said the rehousing criteria were reasonable and fair, and should not be changed in favour of a particular group. He said it would be unreasonable to put the families in public housing. 'To do so will lead to accusations of queue jumping, which is unfair to eligible households now on the waiting list,' he said. Six other families have moved voluntarily, and 22 have accepted government rehousing offers.