Media coverage emboldens nailhouse owners

March 22, 2007

It seems in light of all the media coverage of the holdout or nailhouse in Chongqing, the owners have taken drastic measures and plan to stake it out in their house even though local courts have ruled that they must leave the premises by the 23rd. The couple who own the house are demanding that they be given comparable square footage in the new building, but the developer will only agree upon a small monetary compensation. The husband of Mrs. Wuping, whose media interview I just translated, has stationed himself on the island and has stated: “If anyone dares to come up I’ll beat them back down!” The 54 year old Yang Wuping also happens to be a martial arts champion. This was after Mrs. Wuping herself said you need to be patient and “can’t go around speaking carelessly.”

In addition Nanfang Metropolis Weekly ran an editorial saying that the nailhouse in Chongqing could be the first real test of China’s new property law. Link
“大批媒体前往重庆采访。这个新闻的背景是,起草数年、几经争议的《物权法》刚刚在全国人代会上通过,记者们显然为这个新鲜的法律找到了一个生动的案例。这个案例真的能够担当起这个重任吗?”

And according to a recent interview with the head of the Jiulong Hills District courts:  “if they don’t move out automatically they will be forced to evict.” Link

Google and Baidu news are also pulling up hundreds of mainland media outlets that are covering the story.

UPDATE

Things aren’t looking so good for the nailhouse owner, even though the property law is on the books it isn’t effective until October according to a People’s University professor, so they just need to find the will to stick it out for a few more months. Link
“对此,中国人民大学法学院副教授朱岩表示,《物权法》第42条规定,为了公共利益的需要,依照法律规定可以征收集体所有的土地和单位、个人的房屋及其他不动产。而开发商建商业用房,一般来说不属公共利益范畴,所以,若《物权法》生效,该”钉子户”应可胜诉。
但是,《物权法》虽然刚刚获得通过,但要到今年10月1日,才能正式实施。这个”钉子户”要”顶”到10月,才能成为成功利用《物权法》维权的个案,否则,只能成为《物权法》实施前的最后一个牺牲品”。

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