1 5HKU safety 21t legal provisions.pdf - CIVL6060 Legal Provisions in Maintenance of Private Buildings Legal Documents Buildings Ordinance(Chapter 123

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CIVL6060 1 Legal Provisions in Maintenance of Private Buildings Legal Documents Buildings Ordinance (Chapter 123) Private buildings and private building works in Hong Kong come within the purview of the Buildings Ordinance ( BO ). The BO ensures that minimum safety and health standards are maintained in the design, construction, use and safety maintenance of buildings. Matters involving the structural and fire safety of existing private buildings and their associated features also come under the jurisdiction of the Building Authority ( BA ). Statutory orders may be served on owners to rectify unsafe or undesirable situations such as dilapidation, drainage nuisance, dangerous slopes or earth-retaining structures, unauthorized building works, fire hazards and other nuisances. Such orders may also require owners to carry out investigation for an assessment of the required remedial measures. Building Management Ordinance (Chapter 344) Objectives of the Building Management Ordinance ( BMO ) are to facilitate the incorporation of owners of flats in buildings to provide for the management of buildings. Deed of Mutual Covenant The Deed of Mutual Covenant ( DMC ) is a legal document binding the building owners registered in the Land Registry. It sets out the rights, interests and obligations of the owners, occupiers, tenants and property management agents in respect of the control, administration, maintenance and management of private properties, common parts and facilities of buildings. Copies of the DMC may be obtained from solicitors in the process of property transactions or from the Land Registry by paying a fee. Other Relevant Legal Documents There are provisions in other legislations which contain specific requirements and restrictions relating to building maintenance and management. Some of them are: Landlord and Tenant (Consolidation) Ordinance (Chapter 7) covers the rights and responsibilities between the landlords and the tenants. Fire Services Ordinance (Chapter 95) governs the installation of fire fighting equipment in buildings, and the maintenance of them. Waterworks Ordinance (Chapter 102) governs the water supply work for consumption purposes and for fire services installations in buildings. Air Pollution Control Ordinance (Chapter 311) governs external and indoor quality, such as smoke, fume, dust and odour. It even governs use and removal of asbestos.
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CIVL6060 2 Water Pollution Control Ordinance (Chapter 358) governs the achievement and maintenance of water quality.
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