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【Failing to comply with removal orders will lead to prosecution】

Hey hey hey!  #Stay away from legal trouble!  Two more owners were convicted and fined about $210,000 and $160,000 respectively for failing to comply with removal orders.  The first case involved two removal orders served in respect of the unauthorised flat roof structures of about 120 square metres for rental purposes, located at two adjacent domestic units in a composite building.  The magistrate, after taking into account the size and usage of the unauthorised structures, imposed a heavy fine of nearly $210,000.

The second case involved several unauthorised building works (UBWs) of about 80 square metres in total in a single family house.  The owner was fined $80,000 for failing to comply with a removal order in 2017.  However, the owner persisted in not complying with the order and the Buildings Department instigated prosecution for the second time.  The owner was convicted and fined almost $160,000.

Build & Ding Reminders:
UBWs may adversely affect the structural and fire safety of a building, leading to serious consequences.  Owners must comply with removal orders without further delay.  The Buildings Department will continue to take enforcement action, including instigation of prosecution, against owners who have failed to comply with removal orders as a deterrent.  Any person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with the removal order served on him under section 24(1) of the Buildings Ordinance commits an offence and is liable to a fine of $200,000 and to imprisonment for 1 year, as well as a further fine of $20,000 for each day that the offence has continued.

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