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Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong$
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390625

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.001.0001

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Building Codes and Postwar Reconstruction in Hong Kong

Building Codes and Postwar Reconstruction in Hong Kong

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(p.195) 26 Building Codes and Postwar Reconstruction in Hong Kong
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Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.003.0026

With the new rules in place, eviction cases declined drastically as landlord and tenant came to quick agreement. Without Mr. Way’s ruling, the easing of the building code would have largely been futile, since prewar premises covered under the rent control legislation were situated on the most desirable properties. Had it not been for his ruling, Hong Kong’s postwar reconstruction history would have stalled, and the city would have ended up like Calcutta.Because of him, the spirit and vitality of common law is also much better formed in our city where development and redevelopment are more driven by private market initiatives.

Keywords:   Rent control, Reconstruction, 1967 riots, Building codes

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