Date
23 September 2018
The government has found that some illegal structures cases have been taking years to resolve. Photo: Lands Department
The government has found that some illegal structures cases have been taking years to resolve. Photo: Lands Department

Task force to be set up to handle tough illegal structures cases

The Lands Department will establish a special task force comprising 60 personnel to deal with difficult cases of unauthorized structures, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The move comes as authorities have found that complicated cases can take up to seven years to bring to resolution — from investigation to removal of the unauthorized structures. 

For example, in a case involving breach of seven land leases in Sheung Shui, pertaining to a total of 9,800 square meters, the department received complaints in 2010 about illegal buildings being erected and rented out.

But it took the department four years to demand that the owner demolish the 17 buildings on those sites and record an encumbrance in the Land Registry.

Receiving no reply, the department took another two years to persuade the 27 households living in those unauthorized structures to move out.

Finally, it was only on Nov. 17 last year that the place was cleared, allowing the department to take control of the property and lock the premises.

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