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Investors accused of red-book fraud

Update: December, 03/2014 - 09:17
HAPULICO apartment building locates in Thanh Xuan District. — Photo bizlive

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi People's Committee believes some building investors are making extra money from residents to speed up land-use certificates, called red books, and house ownership certificates in two residential buildings.

The conclusions came after a two-month-long inspection was conducted at the apartment buildings: CT5B in Nam Tu Liem District's Me Tri Ward and HAPULICO in Thanh Xuan District.

In September, residents of the two buildings complained they had to pay extra to get red books and house-ownership certificates. Their concerns made the news, and authorities were pressured to investigate.

City inspectors sent feedback forms to households in the two buildings, asking if the investors demanded extra money to speed up certificate-granting processes.

The forms showed that nine out of 85 households at CT5B and 12 out of 150 households at HAPULICO said they were asked to pay the investors VND8 million (US$384) and VND5 million (US$240) respectively. The other households either did not comment or said they did not have to pay extra.

The inspectors also found that the investors hadn't made a clear plan to register residents for the necessary certificates.

Inspectors also found responsible agencies – the Divisions of Natural Resources and Environment in Nam Tu Liem and Thanh Xuan district, and the Land Registration Office of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment – failed to issue legal papers to 27 households at the CT5B building and 326 households at HAPULICO in the allotted time period.

However, the inspectors did not find enough evidence to prove the State agencies' involvement in any sort of illegal certificate-granting operations.

At dialogues between residents and investor representatives held by the inspectors, investors denied the charges.

"For further investigation, all files in this case will be transferred to the Ha Noi Police this week," said Nguyen Khac Tien, head of the inspection team. — VNS

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