Homeowners overcharged for estate maintenance as obscure Link Reit deal with Hong Kong gov’t revealed

Homeowners in some subsidised housing estates could have paid millions of dollars more in maintenance fees than is required under a little known agreement between the government and management firm Link Reit.

領展須分擔23居屋公用地方維修費 僅3屋苑知情 房委會無執行契諾累業主損失

法政匯思成員、熟悉土地法的大律師何旳匡表示,分攤比率契諾屬買賣協議條文的一部分,具法律效力,簽訂契諾的雙方為房委會與領展都需要遵守。雖然內容指明由房委會一方負責執行(enforce),不過根據法例第219章《物業轉易及財產條例》第26條,即使小業主不是簽約方,仍然可以向領展或其後業主追討。以穗禾苑的例子,小業主在不知道有分攤比率契諾情況下,同意了對領展單方面有利的攤分比率,這協議將領展的分攤比率降低,領展實際無付出任何代價,協議可能無效,住宅業主有權向領展追討。