China bans ‘ab­nor­mal’ res­i­den­tial spa­ces

New Straits Times - - World -

BEIJING: Beijing’s land au­thor­ity said yes­ter­day it had banned the reg­is­tra­tion of “ab­nor­mally-shaped” res­i­den­tial spa­ces, such as ex­tremely small rooms, pas­sage­ways or garages, ef­fec­tively block­ing the sale of such prop­er­ties. Those spa­ces “don’t serve prac­ti­cal liv­ing func­tions”, the Beijing Mu­nic­i­pal Bureau of Land and Re­sources said. The me­dia have re­ported cases of tiny res­i­den­tial spa­ces be­ing sold at sky-high prices. Buy­ers are mostly par­ents with school kids. Poli­cies here dic­tate school en­rol­ment de­pends on the lo­ca­tion of the stu­dent’s home.

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