Large numbers of people in capital need resettlement housing while available apartments are empty.
Despite Hanoi being in dire need of resettlement housing for families relocated by new infrastructure, residential, or industrial projects, there are almost 600 apartments specifically built for this purpose that are currently empty, according to the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Hanoi Department of Construction. Many were built decades ago and handed over to families who chose not to live in them, representing a major waste of the city’s investment capital.
The Department explained that many people are concerned about the quality of these apartments. The General Secretary of the Association of Cities of Vietnam, Mr. Vu Thi Vinh, said that their quality is generally worse than commercial apartments.
The absence of associated infrastructure is another reason why people choose not to live in them. There are also many problems in operating and managing the apartments, which appear to be anything but clear.
Establishing a management board is also too slow. The Deputy Director of the Housing Development and Investment Corporation, Mr. Nguyen Tu Quang, said that the corporation has been managing 18 resettlement buildings since 2013. Of these, 2,204 resettlement apartments are in the Nam Trung Yen urban area, including 1,836 that are occupied and 47 that are empty. There are also 321 apartments that have not been handed over because there is no management board or maintenance fund, with the latter seeing them fall into a state of disrepair.
The Hanoi Department of Construction said there were no maintenance funds because there are no legal guidelines on managing and operating resettlement buildings and there are limits placed on collecting fees from those who live there.
It added that it is now clarifying the situation to identify solutions and is consulting with city authorities so the housing no longer goes to waste. Department Director Le Van Duc said it has asked investors to give 147 unoccupied apartments to the city.
Other unoccupied apartments and those where there are no plans to find occupants will be taken over by the department.