The owners refuse to let their house be demolished.
Well, this is one way to stick it to big developers.
The owners of a home in the southern China city of Nanning are flat out refusing to sell their property. It’s now being called a “nail house” which is used to describe real estate that owners will not sell, despite pressure from those looking to build on the land. The homes tend to stick out like a single nail in the middle of a road.
It is against Chinese law to forcefully destroy a property under terms that aren’t agreed to by the owner. In most cases, residents decide not to sell due to lack of adequate compensation. The home in question is presently unoccupied and it’s not much more than a rundown shack at this point.
This is hardly the first “nail house” situation that has occurred in China. Back in 2007, in the city of Chongqing, developers cut power and water to a home that stood in the way of a new shopping mall. The government even allowed a 10-meter deep pit to be excavated around the home. However, the owners remained defiant, with one reportedly shouting from the rooftop, “We shall not move. We will live and die with the house!”
The owners of the Nanning house have yet to make such a dramatic statement.