Earlier we blogged about the "nail house" 钉子户 in Shanghai--these are the residences of urbanites whose neighborhoods have been "moved" 动迁 and who are the last hold-outs--they stick out like nails in an otherwise modernized environment. Making the rounds of Chinese portals and BBS in March, this "greatest nail house in history," from Chongqing, which is renowned across the city.
On March 19 the China Legal Daily published what it claims is the first interview with the woman who owns the house. Her demand? To be given an apartment in the new building that is going up on the same spot, with comparable square footage to the house she now lives in. This will be impossible, says the developer. According to Chongqing law, says the article, there are three possible ways to compensate owners in this type of situation: 1) provide housing on the same spot; 2) provide housing in another spot; 3) provide a sum of money. The city is only willing to provide Ms. Wu, the resident, with the third option, but she is not willing to accept a sum of money.
Because the two parties cannot come to an agreement, they have not budged since relocation at the site started in September, 2004. although excavation of the worksite is already well underway..."On January 11, 2007, the developer brought an administrative action against Ms. Wu with the department responsible for relocation, the Chongqing Jiulongpo District Housing Management Bureau. The result was a demand for the resident being relocated to voluntarily move within 15 days and to return the house to be demolished by the developer. If the party being relocated does not agree with this ruling he or she can file a suit with the Chongqing Jiulongpo District Court within 3 months or apply for a reconsideration within 60 days from the Chongqing Jiulongpo District Government or the Chongqing Municipal Housing Bureau.
Ms. Wu's response to the Legal Daily reporter: I simply won't accept this mistaken ruling!
The Jiulongpo District Housing Management Bureau says it will apply for a legal ruling to institute forced relocation.