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Vietnam ministry introduces draft decree to cut time limits for land paperwork

Friday, September 04, 2015, 15:36 GMT+7
Vietnam ministry introduces draft decree to cut time limits for land paperwork
A template of the certificate of land use rights

People in Vietnam may take less time to carry out many land-related administrative procedures in the coming time, as a draft government decree on land use right paperwork is under consideration now.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is collecting feedback from other agencies and the public about a draft decree that aims to save time in completing formalities when it comes to land use rights.

The time cap for granting land use right certificates or documents certifying the ownership of houses and other assets attached to land would be 15 working days, which is five days less than the current duration.

The draft decree sets a time limit of 10 working days – five days sooner than the current process – for each of the following formalities: registration of changes to land and property associated with it in case of winning an auction of land use rights; settlement of land-related disputes, complaints or accusations; distrainment for auctioning land use rights and property attached to land to enforce court verdicts; and some other circumstances.

A time limit of 15 business days, or a reduction of five days, is proposed for procedures to consolidate or separate land plots, and for formalities to register land assigned by the state for management.

In respect of the extension of land use terms, the duration for procedures thereof will decrease from the current 15 days to 10 days at most, the draft decree says.  

A time cap of five business days, or a reduction of five days, is set for changing land use right certificates or documents certifying the ownership of assets attached to land in the name of a spouse (husband or wife) into other certificates in the name of both the husband and wife.

As for the procedures for shifting from leasing a land plot with annual rental payment to leasing the same land with one-time lump sum payment, the time limit would be 15 days, or a reduction of 15 days compared to the current duration.

Regarding making changes to house ownership certificates or certificates of the ownership of construction works, the new time limit is set to be seven business days, three days shorter than the current process.

Notably, the process of re-granting certificates of house ownership or certificates of the ownership of construction works would be cut by as many as 20 days to no more than 10 days.

The draft decree also specifies many other cuts in time limits related to other land administrative procedures.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said it will pool opinions about the draft decree until October 19 before making improvements to it and submitting the document to the central government for approval.

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