A public housing tenant was charged with false statement contrary to s.26(1)(c) of the Housing ordinance (Cap.283) recently for making false declarations during the application for public housing to the Housing Authorities. The Housing Authority on subsequent investigations, found out that the accused co-owned an apartment in Laguna Verde in Hung Hom, which has a market value of about HK$17 million, before his application for public housing. The accused therefore, after deducting unpaid mortgage, possesses around HK$4 million of assets, which is exceeds far beyond the net asset limits of HK$472,000 and HK$484,000 for an elderly singleton of public housing unit in the year 2015-16 and 2016-17, the time which the applicant made the false declarations, respectively. The accused was sentenced to one month of imprisonment which was suspended for 12 months.
Tenants or applicants of public housing who knowingly make a false statement or neglect to provide the information specified in the declaration form will be prosecuted under the Ordinance. A convicted person shall be liable to a maximum fine of HK$50,000 and six months’ of imprisonment. The application of the accused will be cancelled and any units assigned will be recovered by the Housing Department.
Ms. Ngan is on the panel of Solicitors for the Legal Aid Department of criminal matters, matrimonial/family law, employee compensation, personal injury, medical negligence, and land disputes and has participated in cases related to the Hague Convention on the Abduction of Children, which involved parental abduction of children in and out of the country. In addition, she provides legal advice to clients concerning marriage or relationship breakdown, drafts pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, separation deeds and divorce agreements, and assists to delete non-biological father’s name on birth certificate. Ms Ngan is also experienced in handling void marriage petition, unreasonable behavior divorce petitions, litigation regarding the validity of the Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), applying for Guardianship Order, Debt-related legal advices, employees’ violations of fiduciary duties such as conflict of interests and breach of confidentiality, applications for Dependent Visas, Company, Shares and Property transfers Due Diligence Check, Building Mortgages, Re-mortgage of public housing flats/HOS units, handling landlord-tenant dispute cases, Adverse Possession, cases involving investigations by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Immigration Department or Police Force, traffic crime cases, criminal defense or mitigation, probate application for Hong Kong residents who have died outside Hong Kong, civil litigation and debt claims, etc.