Beijing Implements New Rules to Prevent Housing Overcrowding

By Tom Lamming, July 17, 2019

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In an attempt to control overcrowding in residential buildings, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has recently clamped down on the leasing of properties to large groups of people, as reported by Xinhua.

Effective starting Monday, July 15, the new policy prevents property owners from renovating the interiors of their houses, with the intention of increasing the number of beds to accommodate more tenants.

The housing commission also stated that no room should accommodate more than two tenants and that rental properties should be no less than 5 square meters in size. 

The newly implemented guidelines are designed to act as a deterrent for homeowners who have been exploiting housing rules in the capital. With the ever-rising housing prices in the metropolis, owners have been specifically modifying apartments to house more tenants in exchange for lower rental fees.

The crackdown comes after authorities in Beijing cleaned up 1,730 properties housing large groups of people last year.

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