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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Reconstruction of old apartment buildings decreed

Updated: 09:18’ - 28/07/2021
The Government has recently issued Decree 69, specifying cases where apartment buildings will have to be rebuilt or transformed into other types of construction works.

Subject to the Decree are apartment buildings that need to be urgently demolished due to possible occurrence of incidents, natural disasters or fire or explosion.

In addition, regardless of whether their lifespan has expired or not yet expired under regulations, apartment buildings will be demolished and rebuilt if provincial housing management agencies conclude that their main load-bearing structures are exposed to general hazardous conditions, in danger of collapse, or not satisfying conditions for future use, which require urgent resettlement of its owners and users.

Also subject to the demolishment requirement are apartment buildings which are seriously damaged or of which part of the main load-bearing structures is in danger or the fire prevention and fighting infrastructure facilities, water supply and drainage systems wastewater treatment systems, electrical grids and internal road systems no longer satisfy current standards and technical regulations or are likely to lead to unsafe situations.

Apartment buildings of which main structural components, including foundations, columns, walls, beams or girders do not meet normal operation requirements, which, however, do not need to be demolished under regulations, but are constitute part of apartment buildings that should be demolished, will also be reconstructed under this Decree.

Decree 69 also specifies plans on compensation for damage, support, resettlement and temporary accommodations arrangement for owners and users of to-be-rebuilt apartment buildings.

Worthy of note, for apartment buildings that are torn down for being converted into other types of construction works under approved master plans, their owners and users may choose to receive either cash or resettlement compensation and support.

In case of resettlement, resettlement housing projects or commercial housing projects will be implemented in same communes or same districts with old apartment buildings.- (VLLF)


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