Q1: To whom should payment be made by cheques?
A: Cheques should be made payable to "The Land Registry" or "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region".
Q2: The value of the consideration recorded in my instrument is $0 or $1. Why am I required to pay $450 for registration rather than $230?
A: This is because the nature of the instrument is to assign property or a mortgage and the Land Registry assesses the value of the property to be above $750,000. At present, the registration fee is $230 for property transactions with value of consideration not exceeding $750,000 and $450 for those over $750,000. If you can provide information that the value of the property assessed by the Rating and Valuation Department is $750,000 or less or other acceptable evidence, you may apply to this department in writing for refund . For the scope of acceptable documentary proof, please refer to Land Registry Circular Memorandum No.6/07.
Q3: What are the procedures for refund of over-paid registration fee?
A: Application for refund of over-paid registration fee can be made in writing to the Land Registry (Attn.: Deeds Lodgement Unit) with supporting document(s) as evidence.