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Poor records tie up land rights

Update: August, 06/2012 - 10:27

HA NOI — Applications for land-use rights in Ha Noi are being delayed by difficulties in accurately tracking the history of land use for individual plots, according to speakers at a municipal People's Committee meeting on Thursday.

Vague records on past land use and the lack of an effective way to resolve land disputes have resulted in far fewer land-use rights certificates being issued than planned.

According to the city's Natural Resources and Environment Department, in the first six months of this year, about 29,000 certificates were granted, accounting for only 15.6 per cent of the planned number.

At present, about 112,000 other applications for land-use rights are still being held up due to a lack of legal documents or a lack of action by higher level authorities responsible for solving complicated cases.

Vice chairman of Thanh Xuan District People's Committee Dang Hong Thai said that verifying data on land use history was a crucial but time-consuming process.

For example, records may be contradictory. In an application for land-use rights and a certificate on ownership of assets on the land, a house is reported to be one storey but is in fact a 4-storey house.

In another case, an apartment with an allocated area of 18-24sq.m had a listed area of up to hundred sq. metres in the application submitted by its owner.

Granting of certificates for apartment owners in some urban areas has already become an overly slow process as some investors did not complete their financial obligations, such as paying land-use tax.

Vice chairman of the municipal People's Committee Vu Hong Khanh asked relevant departments and agencies to review the land and housing situation in the city and divide problems into detail categories to help find better solutions.

By 2013, the city aims to have granted land-use rights certificates and housing ownership certificates for all eligible applicants.

Those whose applications have yet to meet legal procedure should be told what documents are needed to complete the application, Khanh said.

Violators including investors who did not fulfil their obligations must be punished strictly to ensure house buyers' rights.

He emphasised that the issuance of the certificates was important to land users and house owners as well as for land management, and thus the issuance process must be carried out in a timely manner.

Responding to concern about the phenomenon that State employees working in this field delayed granting certificates and caused trouble for residents, Khanh said that the city would give strict punishment to such violators.

So far, Ha Noi has granted over 1.05 million land-use rights certificates, accounting for 94.6 per cent of all legal applications. — VNS

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