Rogerio Lam sued again for not paying Mid-levels flat rent

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 3:12am

The son of a Hang Seng Bank founder is beset by legal woes for the sixth time in a year.

Kwong Wan Realty, in a Court of First Instance writ, is suing Rogerio Lam Sou-fung, the son of the late Lam Bing-yim, for HK$177,335, including the rent of his luxury Mid-levels flat and his eviction from the flat.

The company, a subsidiary of developer Hysan, said Lam had on June 15, 2011, signed a tenancy agreement to rent the third-floor flat at Bamboo Grove for two years for HK$70,000 a month and a car park at the estate for HK$2,000 a month.

But he has not paid the rent and other charges, including management fees and rates, since November last year, and the licence fees for the parking spaces since October, the writ said. He was also often late in paying his rent, it said.

The company is seeking vacant possession of the flat, in the latest string of legal proceedings involving Lam. In October last year, the company sued him for rent and sought his eviction from another Bamboo Grove flat which had been rented to him at HK$99,000 a month.

That same month, luxury-car dealer Auto Italia sued him for HK$1.3 million owed for the purchase of two Maserati cars.

In September last year, Hang Fai Finance sued Lam for failing to make repayments on a HK$3 million loan.

Also in that month, Lam sued auction house Sotheby's for HK$8.9 million from the sales of antiques.

The High Court earlier ruled that his long-term legal adversary George Tan Soon-gin, former head of the failed Carrian Group, wrongfully sold the antiques at the auction. Tan had borrowed them from Lam in 1982. The two men have been at loggerheads for more than 20 years.