About 30 families in Kai Tak Mansion are having difficulties finding a new home, with the building’s new owner set to demolish the property.
On Thursday, they staged a protest to highlight their plight, Apple Daily reports.
Kai Tak Mansion in Kowloon Bay is set to undergo redevelopment after Oriental Generation Ltd. acquired it at an auction in April.
The company is said to have issued an ultimatum to the occupants to move out by Wednesday or risk having their electricity and water supply cut off.
More than half of the protesters, who are South Asian, said they have been subjected to discrimination from landlords who refused to rent out to them, preventing them from moving out of Kai Tak Mansion.
Nadeem Mohammad from Pakistan said many of them have been looking for a new place for the past six months.
However, most of the flats are too costly for low-income families, Mohammad said.
Another occupant quoted by thestandnews.com said he was denied a chance to rent a flat from Cheung Sha Wan to Mong Kok because of his nationality.
He showed reporters more than 100 name cards collected from various property agents as a proof of his efforts.
Some of the occupants have secured public housing from the government but they could not move in immediately as renovation is in progress.
A store owner, who has been operating a shop in the building for 28 years, said he hopes the developer could put off the deadline to the end of the year, so he could clear his stocks.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Oriental Generation, denied threatening to cut off electricity and water supply to the tenants.
He said they only stopped providing water and electricity for meters registered under the company.
He said the deadline to move out would not be extended while legal advice will be sought on how to proceed.
However, there will be no illegal actions to force the occupants out, he said.
Headline Daily reports that the company is set to install an additional steel gate on the exterior of the building.
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