The financial downturn has been hitting everyone hard but at least the Housing Department has managed to offload more flats. Out of 25 so-called haunted flats where a murder or suicide has taken place, 23 have attracted interest. So far, eight have been successfully leased, including the one in Tin Shui Wai's Tin Yiu Estate where a mother threw her two children, aged nine and 12, from their flat before jumping to her own death in October 2007. A department officer said applicants had a good chance of securing these flats and jumping ahead of long waiting lists. 'So suddenly they have become hot items,' he said. The blacklisted flats also offer steep rental discounts. When you have fallen on hard times, superstition takes a back seat.