A tenant who came to collect the keys for her new flat at a recently constructed public housing estate in Sham Shui Po last Friday got quite the shock when she found a naked woman using the bathroom.
Pictures on Facebook posted by the tenant showed a water-stained concrete floor where the woman, who claimed it was her first time in the house, left the bathroom.
“I immediately walked out of the unit and lodged a complaint,” the Hoi Tat Estate tenant wrote in the post.
The woman was a construction worker who decided to take a shower to cool down from the hot weather, a spokesperson for the Housing Authority said, according to HK01.
The encounter raised concerns about security negligence at public housing estates still undergoing renovation work, especially as this was not an isolated incident, said Sam Lo Tak-yin, a community officer at grassroots concern group Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood.
“During the public housing intake peak, I have seen several times that construction workers would enter the unlocked apartments to use their toilets,” Lo told The Standard. He also wrote in his Facebook post that he requested the management office to ask the estate’s security guards to register non-residents’ information and their reason for visiting.
The Housing Authority said it has informed the construction contractor about the incident, and that the contractor has instructed workers not to enter flats without permission. Security will also be stepped up, the Housing Authority added.