A resident of Ching Ho Estate in Sheung Shui declared that he did not own any land when he filled in his income and asset declaration form this year, and it was later revealed that he was solely in possession of a piece of land located at Hang Hau in Sai Kung, New Territories at the material time. The resident, who was prosecuted for contravening Section 27(a) of the Housing Ordinance, was convicted at Fanling Magistrates' Courts earlier and sentenced to two weeks' imprisonment today (28th).


A resident of Ching Ho Estate in Sheung Shui declared that he did not own any land when he completed his income and asset declaration, and subsequent investigation revealed that he was solely in possession of a piece of land located at Hang Hau in Sai Kung, New Territories. (File photo)

A public rental housing resident living in Ching Ho Estate in Sheung Shui declared that he did not own any land when he completed his income and asset declaration this year. Subsequent investigation revealed that at the material time, the resident was solely in possession of a piece of land located at Hang Hau in Sai Kung, New Territories.

The resident was prosecuted for neglecting to provide the particulars specified in the return, contrary to Section 27(a) of the Housing Ordinance, and was earlier convicted at Fanling Magistrates' Courts. Taking into account the seriousness of the case and reading the probation report, the Magistrate sentenced the defendant to two weeks' imprisonment. The PRH flat concerned has been resumed by the Housing Department.

A spokesman for the Housing Department reminded all public rental housing residents to declare their income and assets truthfully. (File photo)

A spokesman for the Housing Department reminded all public rental housing residents to declare their income and assets truthfully. The spokesman reminded households that when providing the details specified in the declaration form to the Hong Kong Housing Authority, they should read carefully the contents of the income and asset declaration form and the notes for completing the form, and calculate their income and assets according to the prescribed method.

If a household knowingly makes a false statement, he/she will commit an offence under section 26(1)(a) of the Housing Ordinance and is liable on conviction to a maximum fine of $5,6 and imprisonment for 27 months. Anyone who commits an offence under section 2(a) by omitting to furnish particulars specified in the return is liable to a maximum fine of $5,3 and imprisonment for <> months. The Housing Department will also recover the underpaid rent due to incorrect information from the tenants, and even repossess the PRH flats in which they are currently residing.

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