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HCMC should allow small apartments
Cao Ban
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HCMC should allow small apartments

Cao Ban

HCMC – The HCMC government should allow for construction of commercial apartments smaller than 45 square meters as long as the number of such homes does not exceed 25-30% of the total, said real estate experts.

Le Hoang Chau, chairman of the HCMC Real Estate Association (HoREA), said the minimum floor area of commercial and social apartments of 45 square meters as stipulated in the 2005 Housing Law is unreasonable.

The regulation is also specified in the National Standards TCVN 4451:2012 on basic principles in house designs issued by the Ministry of Construction.

Chau said the restriction on the size of apartments makes it difficult for low-income people to own homes.
The standard should not be applied in all localities due to the differences in housing demand. Especially, in Hanoi, HCMC and seven other big cities, available land for commercial and social housing projects should be used economically and effectively.

The 2014 Housing Law which replaces the 2005 law allows investors to decide the area of the  commercial house as long as it is suitable to the housing standards set by competent agencies.

However, the Ministry of Construction has not issued new national standards for apartments in line with the new law to replace the old ones.

Nguyen Van Duc, deputy director of Dat Lanh Real Estate Co Ltd, said the ministry had earlier given the nod to the company to build commercial apartments measuring 30-40 square meters. These apartments were sold out rapidly after completion, showing the demand was huge.

At present, there is high demand for small apartments that are affordable for low-income people. The city cannot ban these apartments just because they may give rise to slums in the sky, Duc added.

Chau from the HoREA also agreed that the need for small social and commercial houses of State employees, students, workers and unmarried people is huge.

According to the 2014 Housing Law, the Government, the Ministry of Construction, and central cities and provinces can decide housing standards suitable to specific demand and conditions of localities.

Therefore, HCMC should accept commercial apartments with a minimum floor area of 25 square meters, he said.

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