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Evictions Loom for Hong Kong Retailers Offered Little Relief

  • Shops getting legal notices from landlords for late payment
  • Unlike Singapore or the U.K., city offers scant support
A “For Rent” sign is displayed in the window of a store in Hong Kong.
A “For Rent” sign is displayed in the window of a store in Hong Kong.Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg
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Retailers everywhere are feeling the pinch from the pandemic, though none quite as much as shop owners in Hong Kong like Don Leung.

His business already stung by months of pro-democracy protests and a deep recession, Leung now faces possible eviction because his landlord won’t budge on the rent.