This kind of emission is not expected to contribute to climate change, but it is fouling up the environment nonetheless.
Residents of a residential building in Kwun Tong have won an injunction against a family living in a flat on the 10th floor, ordering them to cease and desist from giving off an unbearable stench to neighboring units, Sing Tao Daily reports.
In granting the application for an injunction filed by the incorporated owners of Kwun Tong Mansion in February, the lands tribunal on Thursday ruled that the smell from the flat was so obnoxious that neighbors were really affected.
It said the residents of the flat have the obligation to stop the emission of foul odor which constitutes a violation of the deed of mutual covenant which binds residents of the building to certain rules and regulations about such matters as security and hygiene.
Something must be done about the odor pollution, otherwise the problem would never be solved, the judge said.
Neighbors have complained that the stink has been spreading not only on the 10th floor but also to the 8th, 9th and 11th floor of the building.
A man who lives next door told the judge that the odor coming from the unit was like that of excrement, while a security guard said it smelled like a decomposing body.
The guard said she visited the flat after receiving complaints from neighbors and saw at least seven or eight cats and dogs inside.
A Sing Tao Daily reporter was not allowed to enter the flat in question, but confirmed that the odor coming from the place was unbearable. The reporter also heard dogs and cats inside.
The defendants are a woman and her son who inherited the flat from her deceased husband, but it is the son’s daughter and granddaughter who actually live in it.
Although none of the defendants appeared in the court on Thursday, the judge ordered them to pay the plaintiffs the litigation fees and warned they would be fined should they fail to stop the stench, news website hk01.com reported.
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