The Buildings Department on Monday expressed its deep concern over the removal of a load-bearing wall by the owner of an apartment in LOHAS Park in Tseung Kwan O.
After inspecting the flat, the department found that a 200mm thick wall measuring approximately 720mm wide by 2150mm high between the living room and a bedroom had been removed, and a door installed in its place.
While officers concluded that the change did not pose an immediate risk to the building, the department issued a statutory order requiring the flat owner to restore the wall.
The department has also launched a comprehensive investigation into the matter to determine whether it involves any violations of the Building Ordinance.
The department emphasized that it would follow up on the matter seriously.
The incident was brought to the department's attention after a video showcasing the changes made to the flat went viral on the internet.
The department urged all property owners to comply with building regulations and seek professional advice before making any alterations to their properties.