A survey of some long rental apartment decoration pollution: excessive pollution detection and fraud


A survey of some long rental apartment decoration pollution: excessive pollution detection and fraud

Xinhua news agency, Shanghai, September 10 (Xinhua): part of the long rental apartment decoration pollution survey

Xinhua News Agency reporter Tan Huiting, Zhu Yubo, Wang Chenyang

Recently, some brands of long-Rent apartments were exposed to formaldehyde and other air pollutants exceed the standard, with users pointing to decoration pollution is a threat to the health of households "culprit". This is not the first time that long rental apartments have fallen into the "formaldehyde door". Nowadays, long-Rent apartments are favored by the market because of their fashionable decoration and convenient room change. However, the reporter found that some long-Rent apartments in the bright appearance, but there is a decoration pollution problem that can not be ignored, and it is urgent to introduce a unified standard within the industry.  

Pollution detection is false.

In July this year, Xiao Wu (not his real name) and his classmates rented a two-bedroom and one-bedroom apartment newly renovated by a certain brand in Minhang District of Shanghai. Shortly after his stay, Xiao Wu and his classmates had symptoms such as dry throat, allergic skin and rash. The concentration of formaldehyde in the rental house is 0.12 mg per cubic meter, which exceeds the standard of 0.08 mg per cubic meter stipulated in the Code for the Control of Indoor Environmental Pollution in Civil Building Engineering.  

Coincidentally, in May last year, Xiao Zhao (not his real name), who had not graduated, was looking for a house in Beijing. He also met a "formaldehyde house" which had just been decorated for less than a week. "When I look at the house, I think there is a lot of pollution, because when I enter a house, there is a great smell. But I'm going to stay in school after graduation in July, and I don't care much about it. Unexpectedly, two months later, the room still tastes, so Xiao Zhao asked the long-Rent apartment renter to test the house.  

In the next short month, Xiao Zhao's house passed three tests. The formaldehyde concentration measured for the first time is as high as 0.33mg per cubic meter, which is more than 4 times the national standard. Under Xiao Zhao's continuing complaints, the renter of the long-term apartment managed the room, and the second test result was up to the standard, but Xiao Zhao found that during the test process, the inspector operated the equipment unconventionally, suspected to interfere with the test results. So Xiao Zhao asked for a third test, the test results showed that the formaldehyde concentration of 0.14mg per cubic meter, still seriously exceeded the standard.  

Initially, the long-Rent apartment platform did not agree to Xiao Zhao check out, saying only to compensate him for an air purifier. Xiao Zhao protested repeatedly and eventually agreed to check out. "But the original house soon rented out. I left something there, and when I went to look for it, I found that there were already new tenants, less than a month before and after.  

The decoration costs only twenty thousand yuan, which is 3 days after loading.

Reporters learned that many long-Rent apartment decoration costs are very low, to Xiao Wu living in 60 square meters of the house, for example, decoration costs in 2000 yuan, the brand decoration personnel said, "paint up to 1000 yuan, floor almost 2000 yuan, with the worst composite floor of 30, 40 yuan 1 square meter... Furniture has not heard of any brand, it should be a long rental apartment platform to find factories by itself.  

Not only the cost of decoration is low, according to the original staff of a brand apartment, the brand apartment will be on the shelves after 3 days of decoration, and before the shelves only for basic cleaning, and no long-term ventilation treatment. Netizens "favorite lazy sheep" said she had rented the house to a brand of apartment, the apartment asked her for 90 days rent-free decoration period. But less than 20 days later, the platform gave her more access control cards and keys, because tenants had to check in. Xiao Wu confirmed to reporters that when the house was decorated, she went to see the house and signed a contract as soon as it was decorated. Many tenants who rented long-term apartments also confirmed this situation to reporters.  

Nearly 200 households from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and other places affected by a brand of long-term apartment "formaldehyde house" spontaneously formed a Weixin rights group. A group friend, Salvin, said his roommate had been diagnosed with "overinflammation" after checking in and complained about formaldehyde in the brand apartment in mid-July. In August, the housekeeper contacted them and said he could refund the rent for nearly a month plus the fee for rent change and medical examination, totaling about 12,000 yuan. "But I haven't got the money yet. They said they must wait for everything to be settled before they can refund my rent and medical expenses."  

Accountability is unknown, and relevant supervision should keep pace with it.

By the end of 2017, Chain Family's long-Rent apartment brand had been entrusted to manage 500,000 homes in nine cities and managed assets worth more than $600 billion. The eggshell apartment, which was established in 2015, also has 100 thousand housing sources by 2018. But there is a sharp contrast between the rapid growth of long rental apartments and the imperfect norms of the industry.  

On the issue of decoration pollution, there is no uniform standard for long-term rental apartments, such as what kind of environmental protection standards should be adopted, what kind of furniture and decoration materials should be used, and how long it will be vacant after decoration. It is also common for health-impaired tenants to defend their rights. First, it is difficult to quantify the health damage caused by formaldehyde and other pollutants. Second, it is difficult to clarify the responsibility of these long-term apartment enterprises.  

Ye Zhengwei, a partner of Shanghai Hongqiao Zhenghan Law Firm and vice chairman of the Real Estate Business Research Committee of Shanghai Lawyers Association, pointed out that it is difficult for a tenant to have a legal basis to have a long-term apartment platform if the responsibility for ensuring air quality is not clearly stipulated in the rental contract. The standard and basis for compensation.  

Yan Yuejin, director of research at the think-tank center of Yiju Research Institute, suggests that housing supervision departments should actively supervise after the event in combination with health, environmental protection and building materials decoration departments, and summarize the focus of supervision from the current disputes so as to form a more systematic regulatory content or guidance scheme. (finish)


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