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Arranging for the formation of owners' corporations

Q1: What services can be obtained from the Land Registry when dealing with owners' corporations matters?
A: Under the provisions of the Building Management Ordinance, the Land Registry processes and approves applications for the registration of owners' corporations, issues certificates of registration, files Notices of Change of Particulars/Notices of Policy of Insurance of owners' corporations and maintains a register of owners' corporations for public search. Information on owners' corporations matters can also be obtained from the District Offices and the District Building Management Liaison Teams of the Home Affairs Department (https://www.buildingmgt.gov.hk/en/Support_Services/7.html). 
Q2: Where can I obtain the owners' corporations services and what are the service hours of these offices?
A:

Please refer to this webpage for the addresses and service hours of our offices providing the owners’ corporations services (www.landreg.gov.hk/en/pdf/info_lr_offices.pdf).

 
Q3: How to form an owners' corporation?
A:

Please refer to the booklet "How to form an Owners' Corporation"
(https://www.buildingmgt.gov.hk/file_manager/en/documents/foc/how_to_form_an_owners_corporation_en.pdf) issued by the Home Affairs Department (HAD) for a comprehensive guide.

You may also approach the District Building Management Liaison Teams of HAD (https://www.buildingmgt.gov.hk/en/Support_Services/7.html) or the Reports on Title and Owners Incorporation Section of the Land Registry (www.landreg.gov.hk/en/contact/contact_2.htm) for assistance.

 
Q4: If the number of members of the management committee is below the statutory requirement, can an owners' corporation be formed?
A: If the number of members of the management committee is below the statutory requirement, an owners' corporation cannot be formed.
Q5: Is it true that only owners may be appointed as members of the management committee at the meeting of owners?
A: Yes, members of the management committee including the chairman and the vice-chairman appointed at the meeting of owners should be registered owners of the building. However, the secretary and the treasurer of the management committee need not be registered owners of the building as they need not be members of the management committee.
Q6: May we obtain records of owners from the Land Registry free of charge for the purpose of forming an owners' corporation?
A: Convenors of the meeting of owners may apply to the relevant District Offices of the Home Affairs Department for obtaining records of owners free of charge. Please contact the District Offices for details.
Q7: Is it compulsory for the owners of a building to form an owners' corporation (OC)?
A: There is no legal obligation for the owners of a building to form an OC, but it has always been the government's policy to encourage owners to form an OC for effective building management.