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Demolition laws to be scrapped

CONTROVERSIAL house demolition regulations will be abolished to protect the rights of China's property owners, said one of the nation's top legal officials.

Hao Fengtao, vice head of the Legislative Affairs Office of State Council, said it is drafting a new set of regulations which will be "fundamentally different" from the old one, reported Beijing News today.

The former laws covering house demolition and relocation have been called a breach of the country's constitution and property law.

Every year there are many violent and sometimes fatal conflicts between property owners and local authorities over land acquisition and demolition.

As most disputes were over compensation, Hao said the new rules will emphasize the need for compensation for owner of houses waiting for demolition, according to the newspaper.

The main advocate of the draft, Peking University law professor Shen Kui, told Oriental Morning Post that the old regulations should have been abolished when China's Property Law was enacted in 2001.

Shen said the key to solving demolition disputes is to set up a property appraisal organization so that the government could avoid conflict of interest.


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