A handful of shop owners and tenants in Tai Kok Tsui will be taken to court by the Urban Renewal Authority for refusing to surrender their properties for redevelopment. But the owners yesterday said legal action was aimed at coercing them into accepting a compensation rate that was much lower than the market value of the properties. Buildings in Beech Street, Pine Street, Ivy Street and Anchor Street became government properties in May last year when the authority secured about 90 per cent of the land ownership. The deadline for the residents to move out was September 15 last year. Grocery store owner Leung Kwok-ping, 50, said he received a summons issued by the Urban Renewal Authority to appear at the District Court in February for failing to return a government-owned property. 'The authorities decided to take us to court after we refused to accept the compensation they offered,' Mr Leung said. 'But the amount of money they are giving is 50 per cent less than what my surveyor has quoted me. The Urban Renewal Authority is just using its legal power to kick us out and shut us up.' Four other shop owners and seven tenants of other properties located in the district have also received summonses. Mr Leung, who has run his business in the district for 20 years, said his 1,000 sq ft shop was valued by the authority at HK$2 million, but a surveyor he hired said it could be worth about HK$4 million. He said he did not apply for legal aid to help him with the case because of 'insufficient evidence'. But Mr Leung said he remained determined to stay on at his shop, even if the authority threatened him with court action. 'I won't give in until I receive a reasonable compensation.' The remaining shop owners and tenants staged a roadside play in one of the affected streets yesterday to express their anger at the move. A spokesman for the Urban Renewal Authority said the buildings in the affected areas had reverted to being government properties since May last year and it was normal procedure under the Lands Resumption Ordinance to take the owners and tenants to court if they refused to move out. A total of 298 households and 167 property owners are affected by the redevelopment project. More than 90 per cent of them have accepted the compensation offers.