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Bathroom ban to exclude the rich

AN economist wants bathrooms excluded from low-rent apartments to deter rich people moving in.

Mao Yushi, famous for his "speak for the rich and do for the poor" theories, proposed building public toilets instead of putting bathrooms in low-rent apartments so that rich would not compete with poor families for limited housing resources.

Mao said it was only a personal view but his idea has sparked heated discussions online. Some netizens thought his proposal was the best way to prevent the rich moving into low-rent apartments. However, others said even the poor had the right to enjoy their own bathrooms, Information Times reported.

Some accused Mao of speaking for the rich but Mao replied he was on the side of the poor and his words showed his concerns.

According to his analysis, the poorest people had priority over those with incomes at the middle-level because of the government's limited budget.

For those packed into a small room with dozens of others, the priority was not to buy an apartment but have their living conditions improved, he added.

Ou Jiangbo, a researcher on domestic real estate market, expressed his objections and said Mao's idea would not solve the problem, he said.

His proposal might stop the rich from seeking low-rent apartments, but it also brought disadvantages to those living in these apartments, Ou said.

"It is unfair," he added.

Ou suggested that to solve the problem there should be strict reviews of applicants' personal assets and controls on building prices and the area allotted in low-rent apartments.

He admitted that loopholes in the current system let some rich people move into low-rent apartments. "But after the system improved, shall we build low-rent apartments with bathrooms?" he asked.


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