Indignant 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 repairs 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 in regards to 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 accomplished.
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.”
Fairly 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 supposed as incitement,” mentioned 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. Once I requested what they have been going to do, they mentioned they’d order the residents to take the banners down.”
Hung mentioned the federal government ought to have labored with the condominium block’s traders to resolve the issues however as a substitute despatched a mob to attempt to get the banners eliminated. He mentioned that when officers ordered residents to take down the banners, they have been requested once they would deal with the problems. He mentioned the officers remained silent and left.
RFA referred to as the Folks’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 keeping with paperwork written by the Division of Development of Ho Chi Minh Metropolis and the Folks’s Committee of Tan Phu district, Khang Gia Actual Property Growth and Funding Firm was given permission to construct and hire 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 mentioned it had determined to forcibly dismantle 72 flats and business models however nothing has occurred within the eight years because it made the pledge.
Hung mentioned about 1,500 residents have mentioned they really feel insecure as a result of unlawful development on the bottom ground and mezzanine ranges.
He added that the additional flats and business models don’t have any hearth prevention amenities and due to this fact pose a risk to your entire constructing.
The upkeep charge, which is 2% of the constructing’s valuation, has been stored by the Khang Gia firm, moderately 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 mentioned. “Nevertheless, they haven’t accomplished 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. Possibly they’ve covered-up the case for some cause however doing nothing just isn’t consistent with the legislation.”
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 mentioned he was needed for the crime of “monetary fraud” for taking thousands and thousands of Vietnamese dong from individuals for flats they didn’t obtain. The corporate workplace is not at its registered enterprise deal with.
RFA referred to as Khang Gia Actual Property’s hotline, listed on its web site, however the one that answered denied working for the corporate and mentioned it was a incorrect quantity.