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Taipei cracks down on illegal residences with fines reaching NT$3.9 mil.

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Construction Management Office (CCMO, 北市建築管理工程處) announced yesterday that stiff fines were issued to five cases of illegal residences that were built in non-residential zones, with a 13-story building receiving fines as high as NT$3.9 million.

The CCMO yesterday dispatched investigators to survey 10 cases of illegal residences situated throughout Taipei City, including Neihu's fifth-phase redevelopment zone and the Nangang Industrial Zone, imposing fines on 5 cases that failed to produce tangible progress towards meeting building codes, with the remaining 5 cases spared from fines as improvement constructions ongoing.

The fines exacted were calculated by the number of floors an offending building has, with each floor liable to fines of up to NT$300,000, explained the CCMO.

According to the CCMO, the ten offending buildings were required to have restrooms, electrical, and elevator facilities situated in communal area on each floor. The requirements are designed to prevent developers from reconfiguring the buildings' floor plans to higher priced residences.

Among the 5 offending buildings fined yesterday, 2 were located in Neihu, consisting of a 13-floor property built by Highwealth Construction (興富發) and a 11-floor property built by Shin Ruenn (新潤). Two other property developers were fined for a 3-floor and single floor building.

The CCMO stated that a second round of checks will be conducted on June 30.

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