Land Administration and Practice in Hong Kong, Fifth Edition


Roger Nissim

ISBN : 978-988-8754-06-9

Economics, Finance, Business, Management

November 2021

240 pages, 6″ x 9″, 6 b&w illus., 2 color maps and 1 table

  • HK$180.00

The purpose of this book is to explain both the historical context and current practices of land administration in Hong Kong. Although Hong Kong has an open and business-friendly environment, it is underpinned by a socialist leasehold land tenure system. The government is landlord to virtually all land and so it plays a pivotal role in the administration of this scarce, and therefore, valuable resource.

As land administration is governed by private contract law rather than legislation, it is constantly evolving with the courts handing down significant decisions on a regular basis. Government practice has to respond to this, as well as the community’s concern on how best land can be administered. The fifth edition has some substantial and important updates which should continue to be useful to both students and practitioners of surveying, architecture, planning and law, as well as the wider business and financial community.

Roger Nissim, FRICS FHKIS RPS, became chartered in 1968 and practised as a surveyor in England before coming to Hong Kong in 1973. For twenty years he worked in the Lands Department of the Hong Kong government before joining a leading local property developer. From 2007 until 2018, he was an adjunct professor in the Department of Real Estate and Construction at the University of Hong Kong. In 2020, his case study textbook, The First Estates: The Story of Fairview Park and Hong Lok Yuen with Documents, was also published by Hong Kong University Press.