Experts discuss ways to resolve apartment building problems

Monday, Nov 14, 2022 07:23

The Imperia Sky Garden apartment building in Hai Ba Trung District, Ha Noi. — Photo

To limit insecurity and disorder in the construction and management of apartment buildings in Hai Ba Trung District of Ha Noi, district authorities have proposed supplementing legal regulations.

Their proposal was shown when the deputy chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee, Duong Duc Tuan, chaired a delegation to inspect apartment buildings in the district on Thursday.

After Hai Ba Trung District, the delegation will continue to check apartment buildings in Ha Dong, Hoang Mai, Thanh Xuan and Dong Da districts.

The Hai Ba Trung District leaders suggested attaching investors' long-term responsibility in managing apartment buildings after handing over the apartments to the residents.

The apartment buildings' management boards operate the buildings at present, which has generated many problems.

When handing over apartments to residents, the district also proposed investors must inform local authorities and State management agencies. In addition, they must provide information, documents, drawings and reports related to the apartment buildings to local authorities.

It is necessary to increase the penalties for violating investors, including criminal sanctions.

Under Hai Ba Trung District's proposal, the Ha Noi Department of Construction would strengthen inspections, requiring investors to put residents' maintenance funds into a bank account.

This would prevent investors' bankruptcy leading to no maintenance funds.

At the inspection, deputy chairman Tuan highly appreciated the Hai Ba Trung District's efforts in managing and resolving difficulties when operating apartment buildings.

He said that Ha Noi had about 1,100 apartment buildings, most potentially dangerous due to conflicts between investors and residents.

He said that if not handled soon, it would be very complicated, and unpredictable situations would arise.

Tuan agreed with Hai Ba Trung District's recommendation on removing difficulties for apartment buildings. For example, investors must have a long-term responsibility for their products, and local authorities will administer the buildings' management boards.

He also agreed to issue house ownership certificates for residents in the projects that had been violated but already resolved.

Presenting a report on a working day, Nguyen Manh Hung, deputy chairman of the Hai Ba Trung District People's Committee, said that the district had 32 apartment buildings with more than 16,300 flats.

Twenty-two buildings had management boards. The remaining five had not had management boards for different reasons, such as the building had so few flats, only 30 ones, or investors and residents had yet to agree on founding management boards.

Some projects saw disputes related to common and private areas, such as the Sky Light Project at No 125 Minh Khai and the Imperia Sky Garden Project at No 423 Minh Khai.

The Hai Ba Trung District's leaders assessed that disputes between the investors, the buildings' management board and residents were because residents did not learn carefully about the investors' capacity and the project's legality or did not read the purchase and sale contract carefully.

Sometimes, investors provided unclear information causing misunderstanding for customers when buying.

Residents often stretched banners and slogans when a dispute occurs, disrupting public disorder.

Conflicts in apartment buildings often started when the investors violated construction orders, leading to problems that could not be resolved after residents move in.

As a result, many apartments were not granted ownership certificates.

Therefore, the Hai Ba Trung District proposed strong sanctions so that the investors could not violate construction orders. — VNS

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