Disaster razing rules to be eased


A Justice Ministry panel has come up with proposals aimed at facilitating demolition of condominium buildings that have been badly damaged in natural disasters, the ministry said Monday.

In its interim report, the Legislative Council subcommittee proposed a law revision so that a severely damaged condominiums can be torn down if 80 percent of unit owners agree. The existing law requires unanimous consent for demolition.

The revision is intended to prevent damaged buildings from obstructing reconstruction work in areas hit by a huge earthquake.

The panel also suggested that the sale of a totally destroyed condominium building’s land be made possible by a majority vote by unit owners.

Aiming to submit a bill to amend the law on disaster-damaged condominiums during the ordinary Diet session next year, the ministry immediately started seeking public comments on the interim proposals.