Demolitions send stern message to China's illegal developers

Demolitions send stern message to China's illegal developers
Several illegally built houses are demolished in Haikou, Hainan province, on Friday morning.

The capital of Hainan province began the demolition of building at three housing sites Friday as part of the city's latest move to tackle illegal construction.

Housing was illegally built on collectively owned rural land located in the suburbs of Haikou and marketed to people who are not part of the collective land ownerships.

Such purchases are not legally protected, and urban residents are prohibited from buying this type of housing. But as property prices have risen, so, too, has the problem of illegal residences.

Chen Dong, deputy head of the law enforcement department under the city's land and resources bureau, said that the housing projects in the Haikou suburbs were built by the villages or townships themselves or in cooperation with developers from other cities.

The so-called limited property rights houses have been a problem across the country. On Nov 22, the Ministry of Land and Resources issued a notice forbidding the building or selling of such dwellings.

On Friday morning, a set of 10 buildings of this type located in Meilan district fell after the land and resources administration authority repeatedly warned of its illegality.

Construction was almost done, interior work had begun and elevators were already installed, said a construction worker from Chongqing who wouldn't give his name.

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