A lone apartment building stands in the  middle of a newly built road after an elderly couple refused to  relocate.

Luo Baogen and his wife insist on living in  the half-demolished building in the city of Wenling, in Zhejiang province, China  because they believe that the relocation compensation offered by the government  is not enough.

Now the only building left standing, the five storey block  is a strange sight as cars drive around it while the couple remain living  inside.

To ensure the couple’s safety, adjacent rooms  in the building have been left intact but all their neighbours have moved out,  according to local media.

The road paved through the Xiazhangyang  village leads to the Wenling railway station and is yet to be officially  opened.

Mr Baogen and his wife believe that the  compensation on offer would not be enough to cover their rebuilding  costs.

In the People’s Republic of China,  during  most of the Communist era, private ownership of property was  abolished, making  it easy for residents to be moved on – but now the  laws have been tightened up  and it is illegal to demolish property by  force without an  agreement.

Property owners in China that refuse to move  to make way for development are  known as ‘Nail Householders’ referring to a  stubborn nail that is not  easy to remove from a piece of old wood and cannot be  pulled out with a  hammer.

Earlier this year, Hong Chunqin, 75, and her  husband Kung, who live in the two dilapidated buildings with their two sons, had  initially agreed to sell the property in Taizhou, in Zhejiang province and  accepted £8,000 in compensation.

But then she changed her mind and refunded  the money once work on the road had started.

Source: The Daily Mail


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