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10/06/2011

She thought she was buying a shop,but got a wall instead,and all this happening in today's Hong Kong.The real estate agentshowed her a ground-floor shopat Kowloon City leasedat the momentto a leading Property Company.She liked what she sawand decided to buy it.She eagerly signed a contract in Englishshe did not understand;happily paid a deposit;and waited earnestlyfor the daywhen she could lease it out.

 
She thought she was buying a shop,but got a wall instead,and all this happening in today's Hong Kong.A privately-owned companybought the wallless than half a year agoat one fifth of the price.It then constructed a small spaceadjoining the wallwhich is now leasedto the property company,despite repeated warningsby the management company of the buildingthat the space was publicand did not belong to the estate.The warnings went unresponded.
 
She thought she was buying a shop,but got a wall instead,and all this happening in today's Hong Kong.The spacewas originally a loading zonenext to an entranceto a carpark,separated from the footpathby a wall,which was knocked downand rebuilt as the tiny shopnow occupied by the property company.What the lady bought nowis in factonly a walladjoining the property company.
 
She thought she was buying a shop,but got a wall instead,and all this happening in today's Hong Kong.The lady asked a district councilorand the incorporated owners of the buildingfor helponly to find that the provisional agreementshe had signedstated that the premisesare a portionof an "external wall".She is trying to reclaim her depositbut the sellerhas refused to refund herand insists on going aheadwith the transaction.
 
She thought she was buying a shop,but got a wall instead,and all this happening in today's Hong Kong.The management companyhas been tryingto stop the original ownerfrom constructing the "wall"and has complained several timesto the Buildings Department.After inspecting the site,the Department said it was safeand there was nothing it could do.Under huge media pressure,it just confirmed that it will check recordsto determine whether the wallis an illegal structure.
 
We thought we have a sound legal system;we thought when we reportcommercial fraud,deceptive practicesor legal violationswe would be heard and answered.We thought identifying such fraudulent practicesis the dutyfor government enforcement agencies,and when faced with as peculiar a case as this,they will have the politicalif not common senseto act promptlyso as not to let this be blown out of proportionsby every possible media,but to let the people of Hong Kongfeel that we are still very well protectedby the rule of lawand that we might not bethe next victimWho would want to be the next one!Let's do something nowbefore critics start saying:it only happens in Hong Kong...

SOURCE: SINGTAO



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