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Update: December, 28/2009 - 10:42

A building to resettle people displaced by the HCM City high technology zone. It has been suggested certain displaced residents be able to sell their rights to resettlement lots or apartments.— VNA/VNS Photo Van Khanh

A building to resettle people displaced by the HCM City high technology zone. It has been suggested certain displaced residents be able to sell their rights to resettlement lots or apartments.— VNA/VNS Photo Van Khanh

HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Construction has petitioned city authorities to allow residents displaced by development projects to sell, under certain conditions, their rights to buying resettlement land lots or apartments.

Under a draft regulation on transferring the rights to buy resettlement properties – land lots or apartments – submitted this month to the city Department of Justice for appraisal, displaced people can sell their rights if they can prove they have another house or they pledge to move their home registration to other places.

Besides, displaced people also have to inform their district People’s Committees about their intention to sell their rights and the transaction can be effected after 30 days if there is no objection from the administration.

The draft regulation also stipulates that all individuals and households that need housing and companies that have a housing demand for people affected by their investment projects can buy these rights.

Priority for purchasing resettlement houses will be given to district-level People’s Committees and house management agencies with prices based on the market rate in normal situation.

The draft regulation has attracted several different opinions from several departments and agencies

The HCM City Fatherland Front Committee said if relocated people were granted rights to buy resettlement houses and the rights are considered their legal property, there was no need to restrict who can buy the rights from them.

The HCM City Police and the Binh Chanh District People’s Committee suggested that the draft regulation should not stipulate that people who buy the rights to purchase resettlement houses from displaced people have to have a home registration in HCM City.

The department said the conditions aimed to prevent speculation in trading in resettlement houses and to ensure people who buy the rights were those in real need for housing.

There was no legal framework at present for the transfer of rights to buying resettlement houses, but many displaced households have sold them under various forms including authorising the buyers to receive the rights in their stead, the department said.

Hence the need for the draft regulation, it added. — VNS

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