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Migrants eligible for capital's govt housing (2)

(Global Times)

09:07, October 21, 2011

"Many migrant construction workers or housekeepers live a happy life actually, with a monthly salary of 5,000 to 6,000 yuan ($939) and accommodations already offered by their workplace. And at the end of the year they can send most of their money home. People shouldn't magnify their miseries," he said.

The rent will be a little lower than the market price of surrounding rental houses, according to the policy.
Zhang Yue, chief analyst with Home Link Real Estate, Beijing, says the rent, according to their statistics, will be around 1,600 yuan for a normal house, although government statistics point to a level around 1,800 yuan a month.

Zhang said she thinks it may ease housing shortages in the short term, but that if the restrictions are too loose, it may not be effective.

"It will target a large population and lead to a supply shortage," she said.

Residents say the rent is still too high and there would be no point in applying, as many projects are in areas such as Changping and Fengtai districts, which are remote and inconvenient for work.

"I'll consider applying if the rent and location is fine, but I'm afraid it won't be easy to get one," said a resident from Liaoning Province, who has been working in Beijing for five years and shares an apartment in Chaoyang district, which costs him 1,500 yuan per month.

"It might be easier for someone with connections," said a resident surnamed Wang, "and the supervision afterwards is difficult, since those who get one may sublet to someone else at a higher price."

Housing authorities will check on successful applicants, and those no longer qualifying, or who violate the requirements must leave, and will be banned from reapplying within five years.

The government is planning to build 300,000 public rental houses by 2015, and 60,000 will be finished this year, according to the Beijing Daily.

Lower rents might balance the local rental market price, but only with a little effect, Chen said.

"Public rental houses offer another option for people looking for houses, and fairness and efficiency is what matters the most," he noted.

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