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A. Why should you join the Institute as a member or an associate? [Application form]

2014 Renewal Form

B. Professional Ethics and Discipline

Estate agents have to serve their clients with undivided loyalty and professionalism, and be fair with their customers. We expect our members to observe an ethical standard no lower than that required of their counterparts in developed common law countries. Those falling below it may be subject to disciplinary sanctions.

Professional Ethics

Discipline and appeal procedures

C. Opinion

1. In Perspective

[2017] HKIEA 2 Submissions re miscarriage of justice

[2017] HKIEA 1 Submissions on Anti-money laundering proposals

[2013] HKIEA P1 - Buyer Stamp Duty discriminates against non-permanent residents

    HKIEA submissions http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr12-13/english/bc/bc01/papers/bc010218cb1-536-10-e.pdf

    Legislative Council brief http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr12-13/english/bills/brief/b01_brf.pdf

    立法會參考資料摘要 http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr12-13/chinese/bills/brief/b01_brf.pdf

[2012] HKIEA P2 Further Submissions on the Proposed Legislation to Regulate the Sale of First-Hand Residential Properties (If the newspaper scans are not clear please let us know at research@hkiea.hk)

[2012] HKIEA P1 Submissions on the Proposed Legislation to Regulate the Sale of First-Hand Residential Properties

[2011] HKIEA P3 If open kitchens are unauthorized building works, ought estate agents verify? (contributor article)

[2011] HKIEA P3 (i) EAA's reply of 2.6.2011

[2011] HKIEA P3 (ii) Minutes of Special Meeting on ICON, Legco Panel on Housing -


Food for thought :

If X takes a non-prescription drug bought from a drug store and dies from certain defects in the drug (or misrepresentation about it made by the drug manufacturer), who below should be liable for his death (or how should liability be apportioned)?

(a) The drug manufacturer;

(b) The government department that approves the sale;

(c) The regulator that carries out regular compliance inspection;

(d) The drug store owner.

[2011] HKIEA P2 The Icon Fallacies - That the developer's estate agent is to provide accurate 'information' to the buyer (contributor article)

[2011] HKIEA P1-A Further Submissions to the Legislative Council on the Special Stamp Duty ('SSD') (contributor article)

[2011] HKIEA P1 Submissions to the Legislative Council on the proposed Special Stamp Duty ('SSD') (contributor article)

[2010] HKIEA P1 Fair Handling of UBWs in Leasing (contributor article)

[2009] HKIEA 1 The Tripartite Provisional Agreement for Sale and Purchase - R.I.P. (contributor article)

2. Dialogue

[2012] HKIEA D1 'Saleable area' that may mislead - EAA Practice Circular 12-02 The Circular and Circular Q & A

[2012 ] HKIEA D1(a) Letter to EAA dated 11.9.2012

[2012] HKIEA D1(b) Reply from EAA dated 24.9.2012

[2012] HKIEA D1(c) Letter to EAA dated 24.10.2012

[2012] HKIEA D1 (c1) Reply from EAA dated 8.11.2012

[2012] HKIEA D1(d) Letter to EAA dated 14.11.2012

[2012] HKIEA D1(e) Letter to EAA dated 26.11.2012

D. Matters of Interest


New measures affecting the property market : 

(1) Ad valorem stamp duty : (see 3/2010 entry below for the old AVD rates)

FAQ (new AVD rates at Q. 34)


News conference :


(2) Mortgage loan rates :


(3) Mortgage Insurance Programme :


樓宇買賣印花稅率 : (舊「從價印花稅」稅率見以下 3/2010 一欄)

常見問題 (新稅率表見第34) http://www.ird.gov.hk/chi/faq/avd.htm#a1



Enforcement policy against NT Small House UBWs

新界豁免管制屋宇僭建物申報及執法- http://www.bd.gov.hk/english/documents/pamphlet/VHWUBW_b.pdf

Press release http://www.devb.gov.hk/en/publications_and_press_releases/speeches_and_presentations/index_id_7064.html

演辭 http://www.devb.gov.hk/tc/publications_and_press_releases/speeches_and_presentations/index_id_7064.html


Public consultation on the proposed legislation to regulate the sale of first-hand residential properties http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr11-12/english/panels/hg/papers/hg1205cb1-479-1-e.pdf

規管一手住宅物業銷售的建議法例公眾諮詢文件 http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr11-12/chinese/panels/hg/papers/hg1205cb1-479-1-c.pdf


Report of The Steering Committee on the Regulation of the Sale of First-hand Residential Properties by Legislation http://www.thb.gov.hk/eng/policy/housing/policy/firstsaleresidential/report2011-e.pdf

立法規管一手住宅物業銷售督導委員會之報告  http://www.thb.gov.hk/tc/policy/housing/policy/firstsaleresidential/report2011-c.pdf


Joint representation by solicitors in conveyancing transactions : [3#9]

(i) Rule 5C of the Solicitors' Practice Rules (note rules (1) and (6))


(ii) pursuant to LACO Circular Memorandum No.60, Consent Scheme ASPs amended to revise the definition of "Saleable Area" and introduce two new definitions of "Measurements" and "Other Areas" - Law Society of Hong Kong Circular 11-624 (PA) – f.i. only


Regulation of sales of first-hand private residential properties - Legislative Council Secretariat  http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr10-11/english/panels/hg/papers/hg0726cb1-2778-4-e.pdf

關於規管一手私人住宅物業銷售的背景資料簡介 - 立法會秘書處 http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr10-11/chinese/panels/hg/papers/hg0726cb1-2778-4-c.pdf


Statutory Minimum Wage – Labour Department http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/news/pdf/Industry_guidelines_Real_Estate_Agency.pdf

法定最低工資 - 勞工處 http://www.labour.gov.hk/tc/news/pdf/Industry_guidelines_Real_Estate_Agencies.pdf


Enforcement Policy against Unauthorized Building Works (revised)  http://www.bd.gov.hk/english/documents/pamphlet/rubw.pdf [363]

僭建物執法政策 (修訂) http://www.bd.gov.hk/chineseT/documents/pamphlet/rubw_c.pdf

FAQ - http://www.bd.gov.hk/english/services/index_faqK.html

常見問題 - http://www.bd.gov.hk/chineseT/services/index_faqK.html


Public Open Space in Private Developments Design and Management Guidelines - (pp. 24-29)  http://www.devb.gov.hk/en/issues_in_focus/provision_of_public_facilities/index.html

私人發展公眾休憩空間設計及管理指引(pp.24-29)  http://www.devb.gov.hk/tc/issues_in_focus/provision_of_public_facilities/index.html

List of public facilities in private developments : http://www.bd.gov.hk/english/dedicated_areas.html

在私人發展項目內的公眾設施名單 : http://www.bd.gov.hk/chineseT/dedicated_areas.html


Implementation of Minor Works Control System  http://www.bd.gov.hk/english/documents/pamphlet/MWCS_e.pdf

Minor Works Control System for Building Owner/Owners' Corporation  http://www.bd.gov.hk/english/documents/pamphlet/MWCS_owner.pdf

Minor Works Control System for interior renovation/alteration  http://www.bd.gov.hk/english/documents/pamphlet/MWCS_interior.pdf

小型工程監管制度實施 http://www.bd.gov.hk/chineseT/documents/pamphlet/MWCS_c.pdf

小型工程監管制度 樓宇業主/ 業主立案法團須知  http://www.bd.gov.hk/chineseT/documents/pamphlet/MWCS_owner_c.pdf

小型工程監管制度《室內裝修/改建》  http://www.bd.gov.hk/chineseT/documents/pamphlet/MWCS_interior_c.pdf


Legislative Council Brief - Measures to enhance building safety in Hong Kong  http://www.devb.gov.hk/filemanager/article/en/upload/6208/LegCo%20Brief%20-%20Building%20Safety%20(final%20eng).pdf

立法會參考資料摘要 - 加強本港樓宇安全的措施 http://www.devb.gov.hk/filemanager/article/tc/upload/6208/LegCo%20Brief%20-%20Building%20Safety%20(final%20chi).pdf

Legislative Council Brief - Measures to foster a quality and sustainable built environment  http://www.devb.gov.hk/filemanager/article/en/upload/6209/LegCo%20Brief%20GFA%20eng.pdf

立法會參考資料摘要 - 締造優質及可持續建築環境的措施 http://www.devb.gov.hk/filemanager/article/tc/upload/6209/LegCo%20Brief%20GFA%20chi.pdf

Stamping Procedures and Explanatory Notes – Stamping of tenancy agreement : [336] http://www.ird.gov.hk/eng/pdf/irsd119.pdf

加蓋印花的程序及註釋 - 租約印花稅 : http://www.ird.gov.hk/chi/pdf/irsd119.pdf


The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors Code of Measuring Practice 量度作業守則

Supplement - http://www.hkis.org.hk/ufiles/MPracticeCode-20100301.pdf (March 2010)

Original Code http://www.hkis.org.hk/ufiles/MPracticeCode-199903.pdf (March 1999)


Stamp Duty Rates [336] : (ad valorem stamp duty 'AVSD' and leasing; for SSD see 10/2011) http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/taxes/docs/IRSD123_0310(e).pdf

印花稅收費 (買賣不動產 'AVSD' 租約; 額外印花稅 10/2011) :http://www.gov.hk/tc/residents/taxes/docs/IRSD123_0310(c).pdf

24.11.2009 Legislative Council - Report of the Subcommittee on Estate Agents (Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulation 2009  http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr09-10/english/hc/papers/hccb1-406-e.pdf

立法會 - 2009年地產代理(發牌)(修訂)(2)規例》小組委員會 http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr09-10/chinese/hc/papers/hccb1-406-c.pdf

8.2008 The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors Guide to Take-over Domestic Unit for Prospective Homebuyer http://www.hkis.org.hk/ufiles/BSDFlat-InspectE.pdf

RVD - A Summary Guide on the Landlord and Tenants (Consolidation) Ordinance : http://www.rvd.gov.hk/doc/en/SummaryGuide-e.pdf

差餉物業估價署《業主與租客(綜合)條例》指 引 概 要 : http://www.rvd.gov.hk/doc/tc/SummaryGuide-c.pdf


Stamp Office Interpretation and Practice Notes No. 1 : [336]

Stamping of agreements for sale and purchase of residential properties - http://www.ird.gov.hk/eng/pdf/e_soipn01.pdf

印花稅署釋義及執行指引 No. 1 : 住宅物业买卖协议加盖印花 – http://www.ird.gov.hk/chi/pdf/c_soipn01.pdf


Transfer of Land: Risk of Damage after Contract for Sale (para. 4.1 Summary) Law Commission Report No. 191 : http://www.bailii.org/ew/other/EWLC/1990/191.pdf