Maid room in MTR/CK Hutchison project too small for single bed

March 26, 2015 12:34
The maid's room (insets) at a show flat in the project.
Photo: HKEJ, Apple Daily, Mingpao

The maid's room in a 782 sq ft three-bedroom show flat at a housing project in Tseung Kwan O takes up only 16 square feet, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

A single bed won't fit in the room, which is too small for an adult standing in it to stretch out both arms.

Flats in the LOHAS Park Phase III project, built by the MTR Corporation, CK Hutchison Holdings and other developers, will be put up for sale to the public soon.

Certified surveyor Tse Chi-kin said the maid's room complies with the Buildings Ordinance, as it has a window big enough to meet the legal requirements.

Although Tse agreed it may not be humane to let a maid live in such a small room, he said some developers have been reducing the size of maid's rooms to increase the space available for living rooms and bedrooms.

Foreign domestic helpers are not totally without recourse if their employers force them to sleep in a space in which they can barely turn from one side to the other.

The report cited a lawyer as saying foreign maids are entitled to ask for the details of the living facilities provided to them to be clearly stated in their employment contracts.

If they find that what they are in fact provided with is different from what is in the contracts, they can seek civil compensation from their employers, the lawyer said.

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