A public housing tenant's leave application was dismissed in the top court yesterday, clearing the way for the dispute over the Housing Authority's Link Reit listing to be heard in just over five weeks. Lo Siu-lan, 67, had sought leave in the Court of Final Appeal to throw out a lower court decision to shorten from 28 days to less than 24 hours the time allowed for her to lodge a separate appeal. Ms Lo's first appeal on the abridgement-of-time issue was rejected by the lower appeal court last month. Court of Final Appeal judge Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary refused to grant leave, noting that 'the best way to serve everybody's legitimate interests' is for all parties to focus on the question of the Link Reit's lawfulness. 'The extra appeal will act as a distraction,' he added. The authority welcomed the ruling and said it hoped to relaunch the Link Reit as soon as possible. Ms Lo is arguing the authority's right to privatise car parks and shopping centres worth $32 billion on public housing estates is not lawful. Her challenge postponed the listing in December. The case is to be heard in the Court of Final Appeal on July 5.