March, 07 2014 09:06:54

Hopes rise for better housing

HA NOI (VNS)— Most members of the National Assembly Law Committee have agreed on the need to build draft amendments to the Law on Housing.

They also agreed that the lack of good building laws had led to the development of many very thin, multi-storey houses throughout Viet Nam.

At a meeting yesterday to examine the draft, they said the draft would create conditions for individuals to build houses and encourage more investment in housing development and trade.

Deputies said that after eight years in operation, the current housing law was found to have shortcomings.

For example, the current law only regulated the development of houses through market mechanisms, but lacked regulations on responsibilities of the State and related organisations and individuals in developing social housing. As a result, most businesses only focused on developing commercial housing.

Also, they said the current law failed to require localities to make housing development plans and clearly define land funds when approving housing development projects.

This has led to excessive development of houses, leading to a surplus in commercially built apartments but a shortage of social housing.

However, they said some proposals in the draft law failed to provide reasonable measures on housing for social-welfare beneficiaries, disadvantaged people and low-income earners.

Some deputies said the draft law still paid little attention to adjusting regulations on private houses and existing houses in residential areas and rural areas.

Deputy Nguyen Sy Cuong said the draft amendments still lacked regulations on general housing so they would create conditions for people to build houses following their own needs and interests, whether they met common requirements or not.

This was one reason for the existence of super-thin houses in recent decades, he said.

Regarding the transfer of house-ownership rights, the Standing NA Law Committee said it was essential that they be transferred between buyers and sellers at the time the deal was actually done.

Discussion also focused on funds for social housing, home ownership by foreign individuals and organisations in Viet Nam and public house construction projects.

Basing on opinions raised at this meeting, the compiling board will soon complete the draft amendments to the Housing Law to submit to the National Assembly Standing Committee for consideration at its 26th session this month. — VNS

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