Housing Managers Registration Ordinance


Published: 1999-11-26

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Chapter: 550 HOUSING MANAGERS REGISTRATION ORDINANCE Gazette Number Version Date

Long title 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


An Ordinance to provide for the registration of professional housing managers, the disciplinary control of the
professional activities of registered professional housing managers and for related matters.


[26 November 1999]


(Originally 72 of 1999)

Part: I PRELIMINARY 72 of 1999 26/11/1999




Section: 1 Short title 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


This Ordinance may be cited as the Housing Managers Registration Ordinance.

Section: 2 Interpretation 10 of 2005 08/07/2005


(1) In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires- (Amended 10 of 2005 s. 125)
"Board" (管理局) means the registration board established by section 3;
"Chairman" (主席) means the Chairman of the Board elected under section 5;
"disciplinary offence" (違紀行為) means an act or omission set out in section 20(1);
"General Council" (理事會) means the General Council of the Institute;
"inquiry committee" (研訊委員會) means an inquiry committee established under section 21;
"Institute" (學會) means The Hong Kong Institute of Housing incorporated by section 3 of The Hong Kong Institute

of Housing Ordinance (Cap 507);
"member of the Institute" (學會會員) means a person who is a corporate member under the constitution of the

Institute;
"register" (註冊紀錄冊) means the register of registered professional housing managers established under section 7;
"registered address" (註冊地址) means the address of a registered professional housing manager currently entered in

the register;
"registered professional housing manager" (註冊專業房屋經理) means a person whose name is currently entered in

the register;
"Registrar" (註冊主任) means the Registrar of registered professional housing managers appointed under section 10;
"registration committee" (註冊事務委員會) means a registration committee appointed under section 16;
"review committee" (覆核委員會) means a review committee appointed under section 25(2).

(2) For the purposes of sections 26(2) and 27(1), an appeal to the Court of Appeal shall be deemed to be finally
determined when the earliest of the following events occurs, whichever is applicable in the circumstances-

(a) when the appeal to the Court of Appeal is withdrawn or abandoned;
(b) when the specified period expires without an application for leave to appeal having been made to the

Court of Appeal;
(c) if, before the expiry of the specified period, an application for leave to appeal is made to the Court of

Appeal-
(i) when the application is withdrawn or abandoned;
(ii) if the application is refused, when the specified period expires without an application for leave to

appeal having been made to the Court of Final Appeal; or
(iii) if the application is granted, when the appeal to the Court of Final Appeal is withdrawn,

abandoned or disposed of; or
(d) if, before the expiry of the specified period, an application for leave to appeal is made to the Court of



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Final Appeal-
(i) when the application is withdrawn, abandoned or refused; or
(ii) if the application is granted, when the appeal to the Court of Final Appeal is withdrawn,

abandoned or disposed of. (Added 10 of 2005 s. 125)
(3) In subsection (2)-

"application for leave to appeal" (上訴許可申請) means an application made to the Court of Appeal or the Court of
Final Appeal under section 24 of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Ordinance (Cap 484) for leave to appeal
to the Court of Final Appeal from a judgment of the Court of Appeal;

"specified period" (指明限期)-
(a) in the case of an application for leave to appeal made to the Court of Appeal, means-

(i) subject to subparagraph (ii), the period of 28 days within which the notice of motion referred to
in section 24(2) of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Ordinance (Cap 484) is required to be
filed; or

(ii) if, on an application made within the 28-day period referred to in subparagraph (i), the Court of
Appeal extends that period, the period as so extended; or

(b) in the case of an application for leave to appeal made to the Court of Final Appeal, means-
(i) subject to subparagraph (ii), the period of 28 days within which the notice of motion referred to

in section 24(4) of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Ordinance (Cap 484) is required to be
filed; or

(ii) if, on an application made within the 28-day period referred to in subparagraph (i), the Court of
Final Appeal extends that period, the period as so extended. (Added 10 of 2005 s. 125)


Part: II HOUSING MANAGERS REGISTRATION BOARD 72 of 1999 26/11/1999




Section: 3 Constitution of the Board 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) There is established a board to be known as the Housing Managers Registration Board which shall be a
body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal.

(2) The Board shall consist of not more than 16 members-
(a) not less than 12 of whom shall be appointed by the General Council; and
(b) not more than 2 members as the Chief Executive may appoint.

(3) Notice of every appointment made under this section shall be published in the Gazette.
(4) No person may be appointed under subsection (2)(a) as a member of the Board unless he is a member of the

Institute.

Section: 4 Tenure of office 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) A member appointed by the General Council-
(a) shall be appointed for 2 years or such lesser period as may be specified in the terms of his

appointment;
(b) may resign by giving notice in writing to the Board; and
(c) subject to subsection (2), may be reappointed.

(2) A member-
(a) who has been a member of the Board appointed by the General Council continuously for 6 years; or
(b) whose period of service as a member of the Board appointed by the General Council exceeds 6 years

in total in any period of 10 consecutive years,
may not be reappointed until a period of 2 years since he last served has elapsed when he shall be eligible for
reappointment as if he had not previously been appointed.

(3) A member who has been appointed by the Chief Executive shall hold office at the Chief Executive's
discretion.

(4) If the Board is satisfied that a member of the Board appointed by the General Council-
(a) has become bankrupt or has entered into a composition or scheme of arrangement with his creditors

within the meaning of the Bankruptcy Ordinance (Cap 6);



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(b) has become so incapacitated by physical or mental illness as to be unable to carry out his duties as a
member;

(c) has been absent from Hong Kong for a continuous period of 2 years or more;
(d) has been sentenced to imprisonment, whether suspended or not, by any court or magistrate;
(e) has been found guilty of a disciplinary offence; or
(f) notwithstanding any of the other grounds for removal, is, in the opinion of the Board, unable or unfit to

carry out his functions as a member of the Board,
the Board may by notice in writing terminate his appointment.

(5) Where any member of the Board appointed by the General Council or by the Chief Executive is precluded
by temporary absence or incapacity from carrying out his functions as a member for any period or resigns, the General
Council or the Chief Executive, as the case may be, shall appoint another person to hold office in place of such
member-

(a) in the case of a temporary absence or incapacity, during the period of temporary absence or incapacity;
or

(b) in the case of a resignation, for the balance of the period for which the resigning member was due to
serve.


Section: 5 Chairman 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) The Board shall elect a Chairman and a Vice-chairman each year from among the members and not more
than 15 months shall elapse between the date of one election and the next.

(2) A member elected as Chairman or Vice-chairman under subsection (1) may at any time, by notice in writing
to the Board, resign from the office of Chairman or Vice-chairman.

Section: 6 Proceedings 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) The Chairman, or in his absence, the Vice-chairman, may appoint the time and place for the Board to meet.
(2) The Registrar shall, or a member of the Board may, on the written requisition of not less than 3 members,

give notice of a meeting of the Board to be held not sooner than 7 days but within 28 days from receipt of the
requisition and appoint the time and place for that purpose.

(3) The Board shall meet at least once every 6 months and as often as may be necessary to transact the business
of the Board.

(4) The Board shall not transact business at a meeting other than to adjourn unless there is a quorum of one half
of the members of the Board present.

(5) The Board may make rules, not inconsistent with this section, setting out the procedures to be followed at
meetings.

(6) The Board shall lodge a copy of any rules made under subsection (5) with the Director of Administration.

Section: 7 Functions of the Board 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


The Board shall-
(a) establish and maintain a register of registered professional housing managers;
(b) set, review and publish for general information the qualification standards for registration as a

registered professional housing manager and related registration matters;
(c) advise the Government and the Institute on registration matters;
(d) examine and verify the qualifications of persons who apply for registration as registered professional

housing managers;
(e) receive, examine, accept or reject applications for registration and renewal of registration as a

registered professional housing manager;
(f) deal with disciplinary offences in accordance with this Ordinance;
(g) keep proper records of its proceedings and accounts; and
(h) carry out such other functions as this Ordinance may provide.





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Section: 8 Powers of the Board 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) The Board may-
(a) establish committees to advise the Board on the carrying out of the powers and duties of the Board;
(b) employ persons to assist with the carrying out of its functions under this Ordinance;
(c) from time to time engage such professional advisers as it may consider necessary or expedient;
(d) set and publish for general information the fees payable to it under or by virtue of this Ordinance;
(e) issue and publish for general information a code of professional conduct or practice for registered

professional housing managers;
(f) set and publish for general information the principles for and scales of reimbursement of reasonable

expenses incurred by persons attending to the business of the Board.
(2) The Board may make rules which provide for any further thing required under or by virtue of this

Ordinance.

Section: 9 No fees payable to Board members 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


No fees shall be paid to any member of the Board for his services as a member.

Part: III REGISTER AND CERTIFICATES 72 of 1999 26/11/1999




Section: 10 Appointment and duties of Registrar 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) The Board shall appoint a person to be Registrar upon such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.
(2) The Registrar shall-

(a) be responsible for the custody of the register; and
(b) serve as secretary to the Board, and, subject to any rules made by the Board, the registration committee

and any inquiry committee and review committee.

Section: 11 Form of register 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) The Registrar shall, in accordance with the directions of the Board, keep the register in which he shall enter
in respect of every registered professional housing manager-

(a) the name and address of the registered professional housing manager;
(b) the qualification on which his registration is based; and
(c) any other particulars that the Board may direct.

(2) The register shall be available to any person for inspection free of charge at the office of the Institute at
such reasonable times as the Board may direct.

(3) A person whose name is entered in the register shall within 28 days notify the Registrar of any change in
the particulars prescribed by subsection (1).

(4) The Board shall not charge a fee to amend the register.

Section: 12 Qualifications for registration 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) The Board shall not register a person as a registered professional housing manager unless-
(a) he-

(i) is a member of the Institute; or
(ii) is a member of a housing management body the membership of which is accepted by the Board

as being of a standard not less than that of a member of the Institute; or
(iii) has passed such examination in housing management and other subjects and has received such

training and experience as the Board may accept, either generally or in a particular case, as a
qualification of a standard not less than that of a member of the Institute; and

(b) he satisfies the Board that he has had not less than 1 year's relevant professional experience in Hong
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(c) he is ordinarily resident in Hong Kong; and
(d) he is not the subject of an inquiry committee or a disciplinary order under Part IV which precludes him

from being registered under this Ordinance; and
(e) he satisfies the Board by declaration in writing that he is competent to practise housing management;

and
(f) he is a fit and proper person to be registered.

(2) Without limiting the effect of subsection (1)(f), the Board may refuse to register a person as a registered
professional housing manager who-

(a) has been convicted in Hong Kong or elsewhere of any offence which may bring the profession into
disrepute and sentenced to imprisonment, whether suspended or not; or

(b) has committed misconduct or neglect in a professional respect.
(3) Where the Board is satisfied by an applicant that he is competent to practise housing management and the

Board is later satisfied that the person is not competent to practise as such, the Board may refer the matter to an
inquiry committee who shall deal with it as if it were a complaint under section 21(1).

Section: 13 Application for registration 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) A person shall apply for registration as a registered professional housing manager in such form and manner
as the Board may specify.

(2) An applicant shall pay to the Board at the time of lodging his application the fee for an application for
registration.

(3) The Board may, in its discretion, require an applicant to undertake such examination under section
12(1)(a)(iii) of his knowledge of housing management and professional matters.

Section: 14 Acceptance or rejection of registration 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) The Board may accept or reject an application for registration or renewal of registration under this
Ordinance.

(2) Where the Board accepts or rejects an application for registration or renewal of registration, the Registrar
shall act in accordance with rules made by the Board.

(3) Where the Board rejects an application for registration or renewal of registration, it shall give to the
applicant an adequate statement of reasons for the rejection.

Section: 15 Expiry of registration and renewal 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) The entry in the register of a person as a registered professional housing manager under this Ordinance-
(a) shall remain in force for 12 months from the date when he was registered;
(b) may be renewed annually by application of the person so registered.

(2) A registered professional housing manager shall apply for renewal of registration to the Registrar in the
form specified by the Board not earlier than 3 months and not later than 28 days prior to the expiry of the current
registration.

(3) A registered professional housing manager shall pay to the Board the fee for an application for renewal of
registration at the time of applying for renewal of registration.

(4) If a registered professional housing manager does not apply for renewal of registration before the expiry of
his current registration-

(a) the Registrar shall, on the expiry of the current registration, note in the register that registration has not
been renewed; and

(b) the person shall be deemed not to be currently on the register from the date of expiry of his
registration.

(5) The Board may reject an application for renewal if it is satisfied that the applicant does not continue to
comply with the requirements for registration set out in section 12.

(6) Where a registered professional housing manager fails to renew his registration within time, the Board may
extend the time for renewal of registration if the registered professional housing manager pays to the Board the fee for
the extension of time.

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person who has failed to renew on time may commit as a result of the failure.
(8) If the registration of a registered professional housing manager has expired and he applies for renewal of his

registration, the Board may treat that application as being an application for registration or may require him to reapply
for registration instead of dealing with the application for renewal of his registration.

Section: 16 Registration committee 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) The Board may appoint a registration committee of not less than 5 members of the Institute to examine the
qualifications of applicants.

(2) The Chief Executive may nominate a person to be a member of the registration committee, and, if a person
is so nominated, the Board shall appoint him to the committee.

(3) The registration committee shall make recommendations to the Board on the acceptability of the
qualifications which require the Board's acceptance under section 12(1)(a)(ii) or (iii).

(4) The Board shall not be bound by a recommendation of the registration committee under subsection (3).
(5) The Board may delegate any of its functions relating to registration and the renewal of registration to the

registration committee.

Section: 17 Certificate of registration 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


The Registrar may, on payment by a registered professional housing manager to the Board of the fee, issue to the
registered professional housing manager a certificate of registration or a certificate of renewal of registration in the
form specified by the Board.

Section: 18 Notice to the Board on leaving Hong Kong 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


A registered professional housing manager shall notify the Board, in writing, if he is likely to be absent from
Hong Kong for a continuous period of more than 6 months.

Section: 19 Removal of name from the register 10 of 2005 08/07/2005


(1) The Registrar may remove the name of a registered professional housing manager from the register if he
has notice that the registered professional housing manager has-

(a) died;
(b) applied to discontinue his registration;
(c) in the opinion of the Board, ceased to be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong;
(d) failed to renew his registration;
(e) ceased to hold a qualification by virtue of which he was registered; or
(f) failed to notify a change of particulars required under section 11(3).

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)(c), if it appears to the Board that a registered professional housing
manager has been absent from Hong Kong for a continuous period of 2 years or more, the Board need not consider
him to be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong.

(3) Subject to section 26(2), the Registrar shall remove a name from the register if he receives an order of the
Court of Final Appeal, the Court of Appeal or an inquiry committee directing that the name be removed from the
register. (Amended 10 of 2005 s. 126)

(4) Where the Registrar intends to remove the name of a registered professional housing manager from the
register under subsection (1)(c), (d), (e) or (f), he shall send notice of his intention by prepaid registered post to the
registered address of the registered professional housing manager and shall not remove his name until the expiry of a
period of 28 days after the date of posting the notice.

(5) If the Registrar gives notice to a registered professional housing manager that-
(a) the Board is of the opinion that he is not ordinarily resident in Hong Kong and, before the Registrar

acts to remove his name from the register, the registered professional housing manager satisfies the
Board that he is ordinarily resident in Hong Kong;

(b) he has not applied to renew his registration and, before the Registrar acts to remove his name from the
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(c) he has ceased to hold a qualification by virtue of which he was registered and, before the Registrar acts
to remove his name from the register, the registered professional housing manager satisfies the Board
that he holds the qualification; or

(d) he has failed to notify a change in particulars required under section 11(3) and, before the Registrar
acts to remove his name from the register, the registered professional housing manager takes such
action as will remedy the defect in the register,

the Registrar shall not remove the name from the register for the reason set out in the notice referred to in subsection
(4).

(6) If the name of a registered professional housing manager is removed from the register, his registration is to
be cancelled and he shall return any certificate issued in respect of his registration to the Registrar.

(7) The Board shall not be liable to refund to a person any fee, or any part of any fee, on the removal of his
name from the register.

(8) The Registrar may correct any error apparent on the face of the register.

Part: IV DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS 72 of 1999 26/11/1999




Section: 20 Disciplinary offences 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) A registered professional housing manager commits a disciplinary offence if he-
(a) commits misconduct or neglect in any professional respect;
(b) has been convicted of an offence under this Ordinance;
(c) has obtained registration under this Ordinance by fraud or misrepresentation;
(d) was not at the time of his registration under this Ordinance entitled to be registered;
(e) without reasonable excuse, fails to attend before an inquiry committee when summoned either as a

witness or as a person in respect of whom the inquiry committee is meeting; or
(f) has been convicted in Hong Kong or elsewhere of any offence which may bring the profession into

disrepute and sentenced to imprisonment, whether suspended or not.
(2) If a person who has been guilty of misconduct or neglect in a professional respect or has been convicted of

an offence under this Ordinance or has been convicted of an offence which may bring the profession into disrepute
and sentenced to imprisonment, informs the Board of such misconduct, neglect or conviction when he applies for
registration or renewal of registration and the Board subsequently accepts the person for registration or renewal of
registration, that person shall not, for the purposes of registration or renewal of registration, be considered as having
committed a disciplinary offence in respect of the disclosed misconduct, neglect or conviction.

(3) Where the Registrar receives a complaint concerning a disciplinary offence, the Registrar shall submit the
facts to 2 members of the Board appointed by the Board for the purpose, and the members, in consultation with the
Registrar, shall determine whether the complaint should be referred to the Board.

Section: 21 Inquiry committee and rules of conduct 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) The Board may refer any complaint concerning a disciplinary offence to an inquiry committee for decision,
and for that purpose the Board may establish an inquiry committee of not less than 3 members of the Institute to
determine whether or not the registered professional housing manager in respect of whom the complaint is made has
committed a disciplinary offence.

(2) The Board may make rules providing for the conduct of its inquiries by an inquiry committee and for other
matters relating to the investigation of an alleged disciplinary offence.

(3) The inquiry committee shall not proceed to hear evidence of a complaint concerning a disciplinary offence
unless the registered professional housing manager in respect of whom the complaint is made is given 28 days' notice
of the complaint and the date, time and place of the hearing.

(4) The registered professional housing manager referred to in subsection (3) shall be entitled to attend and hear
all evidence produced at the hearing and may make representations or be represented either by a barrister or a solicitor
and shall be provided with a copy of this Ordinance and any rules made under this section.

(5) The Board may make rules for the rehearing of an inquiry by an inquiry committee.
(6) Where a registered professional housing manager is alleged to have committed a disciplinary offence under

section 20(1)(b) or (f), the inquiry committee-



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(a) shall not be required to inquire whether the registered professional housing manager was properly
convicted of the alleged offence; and

(b) may consider any record of the case in which a conviction was recorded and any other evidence which
is relevant as showing the nature and gravity of the offence.

(7) The inquiry committee may, in deciding whether a person has committed a disciplinary offence, have
regard to any code of professional conduct or practice issued and published by the Board or currently in use by the
Institute.

Section: 22 Legal adviser 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


The Board may appoint a legal practitioner admitted under section 3, 4, 27 or 27A of the Legal Practitioners
Ordinance (Cap 159) who holds a valid current practising certificate to advise an inquiry committee and a review
committee on any points of law and procedure that arise before, during or after the inquiry.

Section: 23 Disciplinary order of inquiry committee 25 of 2008 11/07/2008


(1) Where an inquiry committee finds that a registered professional housing manager committed a disciplinary
offence, on confirmation by a review committee of the finding, or on the variation of the finding or any proposed
order based on the recommendation of the review committee, the inquiry committee may make any one or more of the
following orders-

(a) order the Registrar to remove the name of the registered professional housing manager from the
register;

(b) order the Registrar to remove the name of the registered professional housing manager from the
register for such period as the inquiry committee may think fit;

(c) reprimand the registered professional housing manager in writing and order the Registrar to record the
reprimand on the register;

(d) order that an order made under this section be suspended, subject to such conditions as the inquiry
committee may think fit, for a period not exceeding 2 years;

(e) order that the Board shall not accept an application from the registered professional housing manager
for registration as a registered professional housing manager either for a fixed period or until the
registered professional housing manager satisfies the Board that he should be registered;

(f) order that the Chairman admonish the registered professional housing manager orally;
(g) order the registered professional housing manager to pay all or part of the costs of any of the Registrar,

the Board or the inquiry committee arising from the case if, but only if, the inquiry committee is
satisfied that in all the circumstances of the case it would be unjust and inequitable not to do so.

(2) Costs payable by virtue of an order under subsection (1)(g) shall be recoverable as a civil debt.
(3) The inquiry committee may-

(a) assess the amount of any costs to be payable by virtue of an order under subsection (1)(g); or
(b) order that those costs be taxed on the basis of any one of the scale of costs specified in Part I of

Schedule 1 to Order 62 of the Rules of the District Court (Cap 336 sub. leg. H), (Amended 25 of 2008
s. 20)

and the Schedules to Order 62 of the Rules of the High Court (Cap 4 sub. leg. A) shall with all necessary
modifications, apply to the taxation and recovery of costs.

(4) For the purposes of this Ordinance (including sections 25 and 28), any assessment or order under subsection
(3) shall be deemed to be part of the order under subsection (1)(g) to which it relates.

(5) The inquiry committee shall give an adequate statement of reasons for any assessment or order made under
this section.

Section: 24 Powers in regard to obtaining of evidence and conduct at

inquiry
72 of 1999 26/11/1999



(1) An inquiry committee shall have power-
(a) to hear, receive and examine evidence on oath;
(b) to summon any person to attend the inquiry either as the person whose conduct is the subject of the

inquiry or to give evidence or produce any document or other thing in his possession and to examine



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him as a witness or require him to produce any document or other thing in his possession, subject to all
just exceptions;

(c) subject to subsections (2) to (4), to admit to the inquiry or to exclude from the inquiry, the public or
any member of the public or the media;

(d) to award any person summoned to attend the inquiry as a witness such sum, to be paid from the funds
of the Board, as in the opinion of the inquiry committee has been reasonably expended by him in
connection with his attendance.

(2) Where an inquiry committee, after consulting the registered professional housing manager, is satisfied that
it is desirable to do so, it may by order-

(a) direct that a hearing or part of a hearing shall take place in private and give directions as to the persons
who may be present; and

(b) give directions prohibiting or restricting the publication or disclosure to some or all of the persons who
may be present, of evidence given before the inquiry committee or of any matter contained in any
document lodged with the inquiry committee or received in evidence by the inquiry committee.

(3) In the making of an order under subsection (2), the inquiry committee, without affecting the generality of
that subsection, shall in determining whether or not it is desirable to make an order, take into account any views of the
registered professional housing manager including the private interests of and any claim as to privilege by the
registered professional housing manager.

(4) For the purposes of this section, any question in relation to a claim by the registered professional housing
manager as to privilege shall be a question of law.

(5) The Registrar shall sign summonses to witnesses.
(6) No person shall be required to answer any question or produce any document or other thing which, in the

opinion of the inquiry committee, may tend to incriminate him.
(7) A witness shall, in respect of any evidence given by him before the inquiry committee, be entitled to the

same privileges to which he would be entitled if he were giving evidence in court.

Section: 25 Review of disciplinary orders 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) When an inquiry committee completes its hearing in respect of a disciplinary offence and makes a finding
that a disciplinary offence has been committed, the Registrar shall forthwith forward the inquiry committee's decision
and details of any order proposed to be made by the inquiry committee under section 23(1) to the Board for review.

(2) The Board shall appoint 3 of its members to sit with the Chairman as a review committee to review the
decision of the inquiry committee.

(3) The Board shall not appoint a member of the inquiry committee to be a member of the review committee.
(4) The review committee may-

(a) confirm the decision and any proposed order of the inquiry committee;
(b) reverse a finding of guilt of the inquiry committee;
(c) recommend that any proposed order made by the inquiry committee be varied; or
(d) remit the decision or any proposed order of the inquiry committee to the inquiry committee with

directions to reconsider the decision or proposed order or both.
(5) The inquiry committee shall comply with the directions and recommendation, if any, of the review

committee.
(6) The review committee shall give an adequate statement of reasons for any directions or recommendation

given or made under this section.

Section: 26 Service of orders of inquiry committee 10 of 2005 08/07/2005


(1) The Registrar shall serve a copy of any order made under section 23(1), together with a copy of the inquiry
committee's reasons, or serve notice that the inquiry committee has not found that the registered professional housing
manager concerned committed a disciplinary offence, upon the registered professional housing manager who was the
subject of the complaint, either personally or by registered post addressed to his registered address immediately when
the Registrar receives-

(a) the report of the review committee, unless the inquiry committee is to reconsider its decision; or
(b) any order of the inquiry committee reviewed under section 25(4)(d).

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before the expiry of a period of 3 months after the date of service of the order under subsection (1) or, in the case of an
appeal to the Court of Appeal under section 28 made before the expiry of the time provided in subsection (7)(b) of that
section, before the appeal is finally determined. (Amended 10 of 2005 s. 127)

(3) Any person whose name has been removed from the register under this Ordinance may apply to the Board
for the restoration of his name to the register, and the Board may, after such inquiry and subject to such conditions as
it may consider desirable, allow or refuse the application.

(4) If the Board allows the application under subsection (3), it shall order the Registrar to restore the name of
the applicant to the register on payment by the applicant of the prescribed fee.

Section: 27 Publication of disciplinary orders 10 of 2005 08/07/2005


(1) After the expiry of the time within which an appeal may be made to the Court of Appeal under section 28
against an order of an inquiry committee made under section 23(1) or, if such an appeal has been made, after the
appeal is finally determined, the Board- (Amended 10 of 2005 s. 128)

(a) shall publish a copy of the order or, if the order is varied on appeal, the order as so varied in at least
one Chinese and one English language newspaper circulating daily in Hong Kong; and

(b) may publish the order or, if the order is varied on appeal, the order as so varied in any other
publication or manner as the Board thinks fit. (Amended 10 of 2005 s. 128)

(2) Where an order is published under subsection (1), the Board-
(a) shall publish with such order sufficient particulars to acquaint the public with the nature of the matter

to which the order relates; and
(b) may publish with such order an account of the proceedings of the inquiry committee.

(3) No action in damages for defamation shall lie against any person as a result of publishing an order and other
particulars required or permitted under this section.

Part: V APPEALS 72 of 1999 26/11/1999




Section: 28 Appeal to Court of Appeal 10 of 2005 08/07/2005


(1) Any person who is aggrieved by any decision or order made in respect of him under section 14(1), 15(5),
19(1) or 23(1) may appeal to the Court of Appeal.

(2) The Court of Appeal may affirm, reverse or vary the decision or order appealed against. (Amended 10 of
2005 s. 129)

(3) Where a person appeals against an order of an inquiry committee, the Court of Appeal shall consider the
reasons of the inquiry committee and of the review committee and submissions upon the findings of fact and law of
the inquiry committee made on behalf of the parties to the inquiry and may call for the original record of the evidence
taken and any document put in evidence before the inquiry committee. (Amended 10 of 2005 s. 129)

(4) The Court of Appeal may, upon special grounds being shown, consider any additional evidence not
adduced before the inquiry committee.

(5) (Repealed 10 of 2005 s. 124)
(6) The practice in relation to any appeal shall be subject to any rules of court made under the High Court

Ordinance (Cap 4).
(7) The Court of Appeal shall not have power to hear any appeal against a decision or order made under section

14(1), 15(5), 19(1) or 23(1) unless-
(a) in the case of a decision made under section 14(1), 15(5) or 19(1), notice of such appeal is given within

3 months after the applicant is notified in writing of the decision;
(b) in the case of an order made under section 23(1), notice of such appeal is given within 3 months of the

service of the order under section 26.
(8) In deciding any appeal under this section the Court of Appeal may make such order for the payment of

costs as it considers reasonable.




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Part: VI USE OF TITLE 72 of 1999 26/11/1999




Section: 29 Use of title 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


(1) A person whose name does not appear on the register shall not describe himself as a "registered
professional housing manager" or "註冊專業房屋經理" or to use the initials "R.P.H.M.".

(2) The Board may apply to a judge for an order restraining any person whose name is not on the register from
describing himself as a "registered professional housing manager" or "註冊專業房屋經理" or using the initials
"R.P.H.M.".

(3) A person, including a firm or company, shall not use the description of "registered professional housing
manager" or "註冊專業房屋經理" or the initials "R.P.H.M." unless-

(a) at each place where the person carries on the business of housing management, that business is
conducted under the supervision of a registered professional housing manager who does not act at the
same time in a similar capacity for any other person other than for a firm or company that has
substantially the same beneficial ownership and management as the person (where the person is a firm
or company);

(b) where the person carries on a multidisciplinary practice, that business, so far as it relates to housing
management, is under the full time control and management of a registered professional housing
manager who does not act at the same time in a similar capacity for any other person other than for a
firm or company that has substantially the same beneficial ownership and management as the person
(where the person is a firm or company).

(4) The Board may apply to a judge for an order restraining any person, including a firm or company, from
using the description of "registered professional housing manager" or "註冊專業房屋經理 " or the initials
"R.P.H.M." if the person has not complied with subsection (3).

Part: VII OFFENCE AND EVIDENCE 72 of 1999 26/11/1999




Section: 30 Offences and penalties 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


Any person who-
(a) having been summoned by an inquiry committee to attend as a witness or to produce a document or

other thing under section 24 without reasonable excuse refuses or fails to do so;
(b) attends as a witness before an inquiry committee and, without lawful excuse, refuses or fails to answer

any question put to him by the inquiry committee;
(c) fraudulently obtains registration as a registered professional housing manager for himself or any other

person;
(d) obtains registration as a registered professional housing manager for himself or any other person by

means of any misleading, false or fraudulent representation or statement, either orally or in writing;
(e) makes or causes to be made any falsification in the register;
(f) impersonates or falsely represents himself as being the person referred to in any certificate or

document presented to the Board or an inquiry committee in connection with its functions under this
Ordinance;

(g) falsely takes or uses any name, initials, title, addition or description implying that his name is entered
in the register;

(h) not being a registered professional housing manager, uses or knowingly permits the use of in
connection with his business or profession-
(i) the description "registered professional housing manager" or "註冊專業房屋經理";
(ii) the initials "R.P.H.M."; or
(iii) initials or abbreviations or words intended to cause, or which may reasonably cause, any person

to believe that the person using them is on the register;
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or knowingly permits himself to be so advertised or represented;
(j) holds himself out to be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong at the time of making an application for

registration when he is not so ordinarily resident,
commits an offence and is liable to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 1 year.

Section: 31 Certificate as evidence 72 of 1999 26/11/1999


A certificate, purporting to be signed by the Registrar, that the name of a person has or has not been entered in or
has been removed or ordered to be removed from the register shall for all purposes, without further proof, be evidence
of the facts stated in the certificate.

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