Resettlement buildings left to fall into disrepair

Update: August, 06/2015 - 08:44
Workers repair lift at an aprtment. Shortage of funds is blamed for the many non-functioning lifts in resettlement apartments in Ha Noi. — Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Shortage of funds is blamed for the many non-functioning lifts in resettlement apartments in Ha Noi.

According to the municipal construction department, there are now 173 resettlement complexes in the city, consisting of 155 buildings managed by the Ha Noi Housing Management and Development One Member Co, Ltd and 18 managed by Ha Noi Housing Investment and Development Corporation (HANDICO).

An inspection by Ha Noi People's Council in Nam Trung Yen Urban Area in Cau Giay District on Monday found that all 18 buildings managed by HANDICO failed to elect an administrative board to collect and manage maintenance fees.

HANDICO vice general director Nguyen Tu Quang said that residents in the buildings refused to pay maintenance fees because the instrasgtructure was already so bad.

Each family pays VND30,000 (US$1.40) a month into a housing operation fund and another VND30,000 for parking, Quang said, adding that the amount collected was only enough to pay for one guard and fix small things.

He said that Handico had to pay for fixing big items like lifts, fire fighting and prevention facilties.

Early this year, the company spent VND15 billion ($687,600) repainting the buildings.

Quang said that since the company took over the management of the resettlement buildings in Nam Trung Yen in 2013, it had spent about VND650 million monthly out of its own funds to operate the buildings, as the money collected from residents was not enough.

Tin tuc ( News) newspaper last week reported that the lift in N2A resettlement building in the Trung Hoa-Nhan Chinh Urban Area had been out of order for months.

The building is under the management of Ha Noi Housing Management and Development One Member Co, Ltd.

Le Quy Hong, a resident in an apartment in Thanh Xuan District's Nhan Chinh Ward, said that residents had asked the building's operator, Ha Noi Housing Management and Development company, to fix the lift but received no response.

He said that residents were sceptical about the use of the maintenance fund because there was no administrative board to oversee matters.

"We are informed that half of VND200 million ($9,100) maintenance fund for the building was used, but we feel the expenditure was not reasonable," Hong said.

Nguyen Quoc Hung, vice-chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee, said that many resettlement areas had been in haste with incomplete technical and social infrastructure. Some did not have nurseries, kindergartens or medical clinics.

He said that developers of many buildings built in 2001 had miscalculated areas earmarked for public use. For example, ground floors often proved too small to accommodate all the vehicles of residents.

Another People's Committee vice chairman, Nguyen Quoc Tuan, said that the revised Housing Law, which took effect last month, called for the setting up of an administrative board in buildings with legal status to manage, operate and maintain the building.

If developers and residents could not reach agreement on establishing a board, the People's Committee at ward level would do the job for them. — VNS