My Dinh National Stadium inside the National Sports Complex in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa
The Hanoi People’s Court has ordered the National Sports Complex to pay a company VND12 billion ($492,000) in compensation for violating a rental contract.
The Hai Yen company sued the resort for violating a contract signed in 2011 when Can Van Nghia was resort manager before retiring in 2018, Thanh Nien The newspaper reported.
This is the third time that the National Sports Complex has filed a lawsuit against Hai Yen. The previous two cases were dismissed and the court asked both sides to provide more evidence and data.
But this time, the government inspector concluded that when Nghia was director, the resort allegedly failed to comply with myriad state regulations.
Under a 10-year contract from December 2011 to December 2021, Hai Yen Company leased land in the complex for commercial purposes. In 2019, the resort unilaterally terminated the contract and reclaimed the site for the construction of a race track for an F1 racing tournament which was later canceled.
Hai Yen accused the resort of failing to negotiate, communicate directly or even inform the company of the termination. Hai Yen representatives claimed the company only discovered it when the resort cut off power and water to the company’s rented facilities.
In 2017, the complex had several partial power cuts. By the end of 2019, electricity had been completely cut off at properties rented by Hai Yen.
The current director did not sign the contract or order the reductions, but he still had to appear in court as the defendant’s representative.
At the end of the third trial, the Nam Tu Liem District People’s Court fined the national sports complex VND12 billion for causing damage to Hai Yen facilities, including breaking the company’s air conditioning and thus allowing the food to spoil at the end of 2017, when Nghia was sentenced. always the director.
The resort has the right to appeal the verdict.
The National Sports Complex is currently facing multiple controversies. From 2009 to 2018, the resort’s leaders were allegedly involved in illegal manipulation of property tax debt and illegal spending, all of which the government claims resulted in losses of state budget revenue.
The amount of tax debt that the resort must pay amounts to almost 900 billion VND. Tax authorities used their power to withdraw funds directly from the resort’s account due to late payments and prolonged tax debts.