Five families in Phnom Penh’s embattled Boeng Kak neighborhood have been given 15 days to demolish parts of their homes that encroach on the city’s land, according to an official order received by the residents on Friday.
The notice, signed by Daun Penh district governor Kuoch Chamroeun on December 28 but delivered to the residents of Srah Chak commune’s Village 22 on Friday, orders the families “to remove new houses of wood, zinc and concrete which were built to grab land belonging to City Hall.”
The notice said that when the city measured the plots of land in 2013, the families’ properties covered 14,300 square meters, but that the families have since expanded their homes to cover 15,907 square meters.
The residents were given 15 days to remove parts of buildings that encroach on city land.
“If not implemented following this notice, the district office will come to enforce and will not be responsible for any damage or missing property,” it said.
Phann Chhunreth, a member of one of the affected families, said her family had lived on the land for two decades and would not comply with the order.