The tragedy occurred at a newly-finished public rental housing estate in Hong Kong's Tung Chung district. Photo: Handout

A male tenant who was about to move into his new flat in the Mun Tung Estate in Hong Kong’s Tung Chung district fell to his death on Sunday.

An initial police probe ruled out any foul play and it was suspected the 59-year-old man lost his balance while cleaning a window in the living room and fell 13 floors onto a podium on the first floor. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

The deceased was thought to be preparing a housewarming party and cleaning up his newly-decorated flat to welcome in the New Year.

Apple Daily reported that he had waited for many years before being allocated a one-person unit in the public rental estate. But police were still investigating how he fell as the window in the living room was very high. Tenants started moving into the estate in mid-November.

Similar tragedies have occurred in recent years at high-rise residential blocks in the city. Tenants have been advised to never step out onto a windowsill and instead to use retractable tools to clean windows to ensure absolute safety.

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