Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung says the ministry has given local governments one month to inspect and take over management of all older mixed-use buildings.
On the 18th, Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung told lawmakers the ministry has given local governments one month to inspect and take over management of all older mixed-use buildings in their jurisdiction. In addition, municipalities have been given three months to complete public and fire safety inspections of these buildings. Hsu says Taipei and New Taipei each have around a dozen of these buildings.
Hsu Kuo-yung, Interior Minister："Taipei probably has around a dozen (dangerous buildings). New Taipei City probably has around the same number. I think Taichung probably has some too, and other cities and counties too -- not just the six special municipalities. The cities and districts that are older probably have some too. We will be tackling these first."
Hsu further said the older a city is, the more of these buildings it probably has. Hsu believes the problem needs to be tackled not just legally and systematically, but from a management standpoint as well. The ministry has started drafting revisions to the Condominium Administration Act to mandate the establishment of management committees in older mixed-use buildings. However, analysts say management committees are far from a cure-all.
Hsu Kuo-yung, Interior Minister："The establishment of management committees isn't a cure-all, but it will at least be the first step in enforcing fire and public safety measures. I'll give an example: If there is a management committee in place, it can ask the court to force residents to pay overdue management fees."
Wu Hsin-hsou, Director-General, Construction and Planning Agency："(Once laws are amended), buildings that don't currently have management committees will be forced to establish management committees. On the other hand, there will be more fines to make sure property owners live up to their legal responsibilities."
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