Experts discuss ways to resolve apartment building problems

November 13, 2022 - 13:08
Their proposal was shown when the deputy chairman of the Hà Nội People's Committee, Dương Đức Tuấn, chaired a delegation to inspect apartment buildings in the district on Thursday.
The Imperia Sky Garden apartment building in Hai Bà Trưng District, Hà Nội. — Photo

HÀ NỘI — To limit insecurity and disorder in the construction and management of apartment buildings in Hai Bà Trưng District of Hà Nội, district authorities have proposed supplementing legal regulations.

Their proposal was shown when the deputy chairman of the Hà Nội People's Committee, Dương Đức Tuấn, chaired a delegation to inspect apartment buildings in the district on Thursday.

After Hai Bà Trưng District, the delegation will continue to check apartment buildings in Hà Đông, Hoàng Mai, Thanh Xuân and Đống Đa districts.

The Hai Bà Trưng 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 Bà Trưng District's proposal, the Hà Nội 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 Tuấn highly appreciated the Hai Bà Trưng District's efforts in managing and resolving difficulties when operating apartment buildings.

He said that Hà Nội 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.

Tuấn agreed with Hai Bà Trưng 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, Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng, deputy chairman of the Hai Bà Trưng 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 Bà Trưng 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 Bà Trưng District proposed strong sanctions so that the investors could not violate construction orders. — VNS