Owners of seven Tai Po flats, claiming 'distress, grief and discomfort' over the loss of their podium gardens, have launched legal action to rescind their sale agreements with a Sino Group subsidiary. The flat owners, who bought the properties in August 1997 for between $4.9 million and $8.6 million, are the second such group from the Grand Palisades development to take legal steps to revoke sale and purchase agreements. A High Court writ has been filed against Credit World, a member of the Sino Group and the corporate vehicle which carried out the Sino development. The owners claim misrepresentations were made by Credit World over the alleged exclusive right to occupy and enjoy the flat roof or podium gardens. This has led to 'fundamental and adverse changes in the nature, character and appearance' of the properties, the manner in which the occupiers enjoy the flats and 'substantial degrading of the class' of the property, the writ says. Moreover, it has led to 'substantial downgrading of the amenities of living, including loss of privacy and comfort'. The owners have suffered 'serious distress and grief' as a result of the lack of rights to use the podium gardens. The only relief is rescission of the sale and purchase agreements, they claim. They also seek payment or compensation for loss and damage suffered, along with interest and costs.