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Condotels’ legality to be clarified amid rising demand

Update: August, 14/2017 - 07:00
Condotels are a rising investment trend in the Việt Nam property market. - Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – The legality of condotels needs to be clarified to better manage this new type of property gaining popularity in Việt Nam, a representative from the Ministry of Construction said.

Phạm Văn Thường, from the Housing and Real Estate Market Management Department, said at a conference held late last week by the Vneconomy online newspaper that relevant ministries were developing regulations about condotel standards, ownership ands financial management.

Experts said clarifying the legality of condotels was urgently needed as this type of property is developing rapidly, but the absence of regulations carries risks for ownership and profit sharing.

Condotels are operated as hotels with units being individually owned. Unit owners can rented out their apartments like any other hotel room.

According to Lê Hoàng Châu, President of HCM City Real Estate Association, regulations are needed to ensure transparency in profit sharing in the long term and the rights of buyers, adding that profit sharing now relies mainly on developers’ guarantees, with yet a solid framework for buyers’ benefits protection. 

Nguyễn Ngọc Thành, Deputy President of the Việt Nam Real Estate Association, said that condotels have great development potential in Việt Nam as tourism is one of the country’s spearhead industries.

Thành said that it’s too early to worry about an excess of condotel supply over demand because the demand was still very high. “What should be worried is the legality of condotel,” Thành said.

Hương Trần Kiều Dung, deputy chairwoman of developer FLC Group, said that condotel supply remained below the market demand, given the increasing number of tourists. “Investing in condotels is a trend for smart investors,” Dung said.

Dung proposed the legal framework for condotels be clarified soon, adding that this would stimulate developers to invest more in this type of property. - VNS




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