Fifty domestic helpers awaiting Labour Tribunal and court hearings are in desperate need of accommodation as the welfare organisation that took them in looks set to lose its premises at the end of the week. The Christian group, which is renting a Tsim Sha Tsui flat, said its lease was not being renewed as the landlord had insisted on raising the rent by 15 per cent. The group, which pays $56,000 a month, said it could not afford the increase. There are 40 Indonesian maids and 10 Sri Lankans and Filipinas. Some have been living in the flat since March while waiting for their cases to be heard. Most have claims against former employers at the Labour Tribunal, while others are waiting for claims of abuse or sexual harassment to be processed in the courts. According to SAR employment law, the maids cannot work until their claims and court cases are settled. The group's current residence - the 4,000-square-foot flat - is named as His Sanctuary Church Services because it is managed by a group of Filipino Christians and is used for prayers. At night, however, the women sleep on the floor in the living room and take showers across the road in the public changing rooms at Kowloon Park as the 'church' has no bathroom. 'We have to move to a cheaper place where the migrants will not be allowed to stay overnight,' Pastor Bob Robles said. Rob Connelly, head of Amal Indonesia Direct, an international education and welfare group for Indonesian nationals, said his organisation could offer the women temporary shelter for two weeks only. Mr Connelly said his group was also looking for suitable accommodation for the domestic helpers. He said his group, which relied mainly on donations, could spare only about $6,000 a month for the women. A 30-year-old domestic worker, who lodged a claim for unpaid wages against her former employer seven months ago, said she was concerned about her future. 'We can't move by ourselves because we don't have any money. I have to borrow money from my friends to extend my visa,' she said, adding that she was now $10,000 in debt. A spokesman for the Indonesian Consulate in Hong Kong said it could help with accommodation but he said some women had declined the offer as they were not prepared to abide by the strict rules enforced at the consulate's Causeway Bay shelter.