Staff members of Hanoi's land registration office handle procedures (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung is asking relevant agencies to speed up the issuance of land-use rights certificates in the city.

The issuance of the certificates to land users must be completed by June next year, he said.

According to the committee, by the end of last year more than 1.2 million land plots in residential areas were given usage rights certificates, accounting for 86 percent of land plots for which land users applied for certificates.

Other 10,000 land plots were certified under the use of organisations, accounting for 56 percent.

Over 93,000 certificates were given to apartment buyers in housing projects.

The issuance of land-use rights certificates is under inspection because of long-lasting problems, including illegal land allocation, public land encroachment, and not using land for the registered purposes, according to the committee.

Land users also complain about the performance and attitude of State officers working in the certificate issuance section.

Chairman Chung asked People’s Committees at lower levels of districts and wards/communes to count the number of land users who have not been given land-use rights certificates and to identify causes for the delay.

For housing projects, if sellers’ faults caused a bottleneck in the issuance process, buyers who fulfill their financial obligations to sellers should qualify for usage rights certificates, the city’s natural resource department suggested.

The city plans to send inspectors to examine violations by housing investors, in order to punish them and problem-solve.

Le Tuan Dinh, Director of the Hanoi Land Registry Office, said its 28 branches across the city were reviewing administrative procedures and working mechanisms for instructing land users and addressing their complaints.

Dinh said the office planned to speed up procedure processing to 14 days - half of the time now required.-VNA