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Illegal rental home extensions torn down

UNAUTHORIZED extensions being added to houses in Songjiang District by illegal landlords were demolished yesterday.

A 100-strong law enforcement team, including greenery department staff, urban management authority personnel and police, descended upon the Cuiting neighborhood on Jiudu Road in the morning.

At seven of the homes they pulled down extra floors and additional rooms, said district officials. The original two-story structures were left.

Extensions had increased the area of the homes by more than five times and these were due to be divided into rooms for illegal renting. Tenants had not yet moved in.

The neighborhood has 37 houses, each with a residential area of 200 square meters.

But since 2006, illegal construction has seen all but one of the houses sprout extensions, with many now four or five-story buildings covering as much as 2,000 square meters, said the Songjiang demolition team.

This can prove a lucrative business, said officials. Each house is divided into 30 to 40 rooms, each of around 14 square meters, and rented out at about 1,600 (US$257) per month.

The property owner can pocket up to 64,000 yuan per month from each house through illegal rentals.

Zhang Qing, deputy director of Jiuting Town, where the neighborhood is located, said other property owners have also been ordered to pull down illegal structures.

There are 60,000 residential buildings illegally constructed or extended in Shanghai.


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