Offended residents of an condominium constructing in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh metropolis have been ordered to take down banners accusing the homeowners of neglecting the constructing’s maintenance whereas making the most of years of administration charges.
Residents of the Khang Gia condominium block within the metropolis’s Tan Phu district are involved concerning the structural high quality of the constructing and its hearth resistance. They’ve petitioned authorities to make enhancements for eight years however say nothing has been finished.
Pissed off on the authorities’ inaction, many residents hung banners from their balconies saying “Our petitions have been binned,” “Return our upkeep charges,” “Eight years of inaction on fixing our issues,” and “Give residents the title deeds to their flats.”
Slightly than answering their complaints or discussing them with residents, the Secretary of the Occasion Committee of Tan Quy ward got here to the condominium, backed by police and militia, and ordered residents to take the banners down.
“Tenants hung banners with phrases that don’t offend the federal government and will not be meant as incitement,” stated Nguyen Manh Hung, who heads the administration board on the condominium block.
“However when residents hung them up many native officers got here with police and militia in addition to ward and district civil officers. They tried to storm the flats that put up banners. After I requested what they had been going to do, they stated they might order the residents to take the banners down.”
Hung stated the federal government ought to have labored with the condominium block’s traders to unravel the issues however as a substitute despatched a mob to attempt to get the banners eliminated. He stated that when officers ordered residents to take down the banners, they had been requested after they would tackle the problems. He stated the officers remained silent and left.
RFA known as the Individuals’s Committee of Tan Quy ward and Tan Phu district to confirm the data offered by Nguyen Manh Hung, however not one of the calls was answered.
In line with paperwork written by the Division of Building of Ho Chi Minh Metropolis and the Individuals’s Committee of Tan Phu district, Khang Gia Actual Property Improvement and Funding Firm was given permission to construct and lease out a 232 condominium block.
The corporate constructed nearly twice as many flats, which residents say has made the constructing structurally unstable.
The native authorities stated it had determined to forcibly dismantle 72 flats and industrial items however nothing has occurred within the eight years because it made the pledge.
Hung stated about 1,500 residents have stated they really feel insecure because of the unlawful development on the bottom ground and mezzanine ranges.
He added that the additional flats and industrial items haven’t any hearth prevention amenities and subsequently pose a menace to your entire constructing.
The upkeep charge, which is 2% of the constructing’s valuation, has been saved by the Khang Gia firm, fairly than handed over to the condominium’s administration board to repair elevators, fill in cracks and carry out different repairs.
“Native authorities should examine the investor’s appropriation of the upkeep fund,” Hung stated. “Nevertheless, they haven’t finished that for years. Now the investor has disappeared after being probed for wrongdoings in different tasks. I don’t know why they didn’t examine. Perhaps they’ve covered-up the case for some motive however doing nothing is just not consistent with the regulation.”
The Lao Dong On-line information web site wrote in December 2020 that Khang Gia Firm normal director and authorized consultant Trinh Minh Thanh had gone into hiding. It stated he was needed for the crime of “monetary fraud” for taking hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese dong from individuals for flats they didn’t obtain. The corporate workplace is now not at its registered enterprise tackle.
RFA known as Khang Gia Actual Property’s hotline, listed on its web site, however the one that answered denied working for the corporate and stated it was a flawed quantity.