The owner of an apartment building in downtown Taichung was fined NT$1.44 million ($51,000) in a fire that damaged six tenants last Sunday, the Taichung City Development Bureau said. on Wednesday.
The office said during the investigation it had determined that the owner, a woman surnamed Zhuang, had illegally converted eight of the building’s apartments into 41 studio apartments and rented them out to customers.
Zhuang will be fined NT$180,000 for construction violations, totaling RMB 1.44 million, the office said.
According to Taichung police, the seven-story building caught fire on Sunday after an argument between the landlady and a man who rented Cheng’s house over pets in the apartment.
On Monday, Lin Mingzuo, head of the Taichung City Police Department’s criminal investigation team, said that Zheng was suspected of causing a fire because Zhuang had a pet in his apartment and Zhuang asked him we move.
According to police, when Cheng was summoned for an appraisal on Monday, Cheng admitted to enlarging discarded objects in a public space on the second floor of the building to avenge Zhuang.
Zhuo Junzhong, deputy chief prosecutor of the Taichung District Prosecutor’s Office, on Monday said Zheng had been assigned to the presumptives for investigation and that he could face reporting endangering public safety. .
In a statement on Wednesday, the National Missile Agency asked the administration to step up routine inspections of older apartment buildings and pay special attention to exits such as fireproof windows and doors. Stairs, places often filled with garbage.
Citing the Buildings Act, the regulator said landlords who do not comply can be fined multiple times from NT$60,000 to NT$300,000 or ordered to leave the building.
According to this agency, other penalties for the scope of the established rule include water and electricity supply terminations, property closures, and demolition.
The Taichung Fire is the second largest fire in Taiwan within six months, after an integrated complex in Kaohsiung was destroyed on October 14, 2021, in the destruction, which left 46 people dead.
Lawmakers called for changes to the law to improve public safety after the deadly finalization.
On Wednesday, two legislators from the Taiwan People’s Party pushed the legislature to quickly review the “Apartment Law”, the “Construction Law” and the “Fire Prevention Law”, among them. other laws.
At a press conference, Taiwanese People’s Party lawmakers Lai Xiangling and Gao Hongan said the laws, should be reviewed as a priority to block buildings, protect public safety. and network protection features.