published: 2017-06-10 16:24:45
As the bereft owners of the “office-turned-residences”, hereby we’d like to plead for your reconsidering of the rules that were issued on May 17 by the Shanghai Municipal Committee of Residence and Urban-Rural Construction. In the newly issued rules, the “office-turned-residences” are called to get rid of their housing functions and can only be used as offices, but when we first bought the houses, they were advertised as can be used as both living places and offices. We understand that there could be transgressions on the part of the developers, but we’d also like to ask the rule makers to take into consideration our great predicament as the buyers of such houses: most of the buyers are just beguiled ordinary people who spent generations of family savings just to have a place to live in the great city Shanghai, and the newly issued rules would absolutely devastate their hope. For all I know, they could be hard-working young workers or old couples who want to be near their working children in the city, and they either cannot afford the sky-rocketing ordinary residences in Shanghai or they are not qualified to have one, so buying the “office-turned-residences” is their last resort. It is our sincere wish that the rule-makers would reconsider the rules’ effects on so many ordinary people; after all, these so called “office-turned-residences” have been exiting for more than a decade on the market, and this new policy could easily affect hundreds of thousands people’s lives. The government may or may not assume responsibility for the present dilemma, but the buyers certainly aren’t supposed to be held accountable, then why should we take all the consequences? Where was the government during the first decade when such houses emerged? And why so harsh policies now for us ordinary people? Doesn’t Shanghai want to be a great city that is “as welcoming as the sea welcomes all the rivers”？Then why can’t Shanghai take example after Beijing that allows the bygones be bygones and let the people have the houses that they thought they were buying? Now that the sky-rocketing real estate market has become the sore of millions of Chinese families, we sincerely plead to the government leaders to reconsider their decision: after all, such houses are all we have.
owners of the “office-turned-residences” in Shanghai