More than 6,000 public tenants are defying eviction warnings for installing clothes-drying racks at points other than those designated by the Housing Department. Tenants who took their complaints to the Legco housing panel yesterday said the location - outside the kitchen windows - was inconvenient. Most had put the racks outside the living room or bathroom. The department's acting chief manager, Li Sai-ping, told the panel that the tenancy agreement prohibited tenants from making any alterations to the premises. Unauthorised installation of drying racks was deemed a breach of the terms of tenancy, Mr Li said. By the end of February, 11,351 written warnings had been issued. Some 5,000 tenants have rectified the problem. Panellist Leung Yiu-chung, of The Frontier, urged the department to be more tolerant as the wrongly placed racks posed no threat to building safety. 'If so many tenants choose to relocate the racks, there must be some problem with the department's design,' he said. 'The department should think of ways to improve it rather than threatening to terminate tenants' tenancy.' Mr Li said there had been complaints that tenants had placed heavy objects on their wrongly placed drying racks, which posed a threat to passers-by. Legislators also warned that more disputes between tenants and owner-occupiers over estate management could result with more of the department's flats being sold. A total of 137 public estates have put flats up for sale under various authority schemes over the past four years. Not all have been taken up, resulting in so-called mixed tenure, where some residents are owners while others are public tenants.