The Housing Authority could relocate families if they were affected by the privatisation of shopping centres and car parks on public housing estates, the Court of Final Appeal heard yesterday. It could also provide transport for residents if amenities were lost or convert lower floors into retail units, said British QC James Goudie, arguing on behalf of the government. The revelation came as the administration sought to convince the court that the authority would not be without recourse if the planned asset disposal and listing of the Link Reit resulted in changes to the way the commercial properties were managed. Mr Goudie stressed that the authority had never had to resort to the relocation measures as it was an extreme, hypothetical situation. But Philip Dykes SC, representing the plaintiff, Lo Siu-lan, said the existence of 'these extreme and unusual measures means that these facilities should be maintained'. The court had earlier heard that privatising the assets would hand over management control of the properties to the Link, which would be relatively free to determine how the facilities were used. This has fuelled public fears that the existing housing estate wet markets and car parks would be substituted with theme malls and computer centres to generate a more attractive return on its investment. However, Mr Goudie yesterday noted that the cash flow already represented a return of 9.75 per cent and that it would be in the interests of the Link to maintain the current use of the properties. The authority also said it retained some leverage over the Link as the shopping and car parks at future housing estates may continue to be added to the privatised asset portfolio and adverse changes could jeopardise future asset disposals. The contingency measures did not placate Ms Lo, who has lived at Kwai Shing West Estate for about four years but prefers to shop at a newer housing estate. Outside the court, she and her supporters condemned the measures as 'unjust and unacceptable' and called on housing chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung to step down for 'selling off our assets'. The court concluded the hearing yesterday and is expected to deliver its verdict within days.