Naked woman sparks estate probe

Top News | Carine Chow 9 Jun 2021

A public housing tenant has filed a complaint saying she was shocked to see a naked woman inside a flat that she was about to rent.

The tenant said the woman, an employee of a construction contractor, was showering inside the unit at Hoi Wah House, Hoi Tat Estate, Cheung Sha Wan, on Friday afternoon.

The incident has laid bare the lax security at public estates as strangers and construction workers have been seen many times inside vacant flats, said Sam Lo Tak-yin, community officer of the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood.

The tenant, also a woman, said she noticed the floor was wet and a woman was showering when she entered the flat. "And it didn't seem like the first time she entered my flat," she said.

The tenant also noticed that the windows were open. She then filed a complaint to the estate's management office.

Lo said some tenants had sought help from him after the incident.

"They told me that they are worried about their properties given that there are so many strangers walking in and out of the building every day," he said.

Lo said the Hoi Tat Estate was constructed in three phases, and Hoi Cheong House and Hoi Wah House were built in the second phase. The two blocks have a total of 1,400 flats, of which 400 are still vacant. The construction of phase three is expected to be completed by 2022.

Although all visitors, including construction workers, must register before entering the building, Lo said the security guards would often turn a blind eye to construction workers moving building materials.

"During the public housing intake peak, I had seen several times that construction workers would enter the unlocked flats to use the toilets," he said.

A spokesman for the Housing Authority said the employee entered the unlocked flat without permission to wipe her body because of the hot weather.

The authority said it has already told the contractor about the incident and warned the employee involved. The authority has also instructed security guards to step up patrols.

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