Landlords of regulated tenancies must submit Notice of Tenancy within statutory period
Part IVA of the Landlord and Tenant (Consolidation) Ordinance (Cap. 7) (Ordinance) to implement tenancy control on subdivided units (SDUs) came into force on January 22, 2022. A spokesperson for the Rating and Valuation Department (RVD) today (June 24) reminds that landlords of regulated tenancies must comply with the requirement under section 120AAZT of the Ordinance (requirement) to submit, within 60 days after the term of the tenancy (including a first-term tenancy and a second-term tenancy) commences, a duly completed Notice of Tenancy (Form AR2) to the Commissioner of Rating and Valuation. The above requirement also applies to oral tenancies which are regulated tenancies. Landlords may use the Electronic Submission of Forms service provided at the RVD’s website (www.rvd.gov.hk) to submit Form AR2. The form may also be served on the RVD by personal service, courier or post.
If a landlord is suspected of breaching the requirement, the RVD will consider taking legal action in accordance with the Ordinance. A landlord who refuses or neglects to comply with the requirement without reasonable excuse commits an offence, and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 3 ($10,000); and in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of $200 for each day during which the offence continues.
In case of any suspicion of a landlord breaching the requirement, members of the public should report the case by telephone hotline (2150 8303), email (email@example.com), fax (2116 4920), post or in person at the RVD’s office (address: 15/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon) as soon as possible. The RVD will investigate and take follow-up actions in accordance with the Ordinance.
For enquiries related to a regulated tenancy, please call the above telephone hotline or visit the RVD’s webpage (www.rvd.gov.hk/en/our_services/tenancy_matters.html) for the relevant information.
24 June 2022