Tenant protection laws haven't stemmed rise in jeonse prices

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Tenant protection laws haven't stemmed rise in jeonse prices

View of Gangbuk District, northern Seoul. [YONHAP]

View of Gangbuk District, northern Seoul. [YONHAP]

It’s been over a month since the government’s tenant protection laws went into effect, but jeonse prices in Seoul have continued to go through the roof.  
According to the Korea Appraisal Board, Seoul jeonse prices continued an upward trend for 63 consecutive weeks. They rose by an average 0.09 percent from Sept. 1 to 7 compared to the previous week.  
During the same period, jeonse prices in the greater Seoul area — Seoul, Gyeonggi, and Incheon — rose by 0.16 percent, continuing a streak of 57 consecutive weeks of increases. 
Under Korea’s unique jeonse system, a person puts down a large lump-sum deposit in order to live in a property for a number of years. The deposit is refunded without interest at the end of the contract. 
Last week’s increase in jeonse prices was largely led by small-sized cheap apartments.  
In Mapo District, western Seoul, they rose by 0.15 percent. Jeonse prices of popular apartments in Ahyeon-dong, Gongdeok-dong and Dohwa-dong, and jeonse prices for flats smaller than 60 square meters (650 square feet) throughout the district increased.  
In Seongbuk District, central Seoul, they jumped by 0.12 percent. The increase was largely due to soaring jeonse prices in new apartments in Gireum-dong and Jongam-dong.  
Jeonse prices for apartments priced below 500 million won ($421,000) in Bulgwang-dong, Sinsa-dong and Eungam-dong in Eunpyeong District, northern Seoul, rose, while the district’s average jeonse prices increased by 0.08 percent.  
In the Gangnam region, which refers to three districts south of the Han River — Gangnam, Seocho and Songpa — middle-sized apartments were the biggest factor fueling the increase in jeonse prices. 
Gangdong District saw a 0.15 percent rise while Seocho District saw a 0.1 percent increase. Jeonse prices in Songpa District rose by 0.13 percent, led largely by middle-sized apartments in Jamsil and Sincheon-dong.
Gyeonggi was not an exception.  
Jeonse prices in Gyeonggi rose by 0.21 percent. In the Giheung District of Yongin, they jumped by 0.45 percent, especially in Dongbaek-dong and Gugal-dong in which have better transportation options.  
In Gwonseon District, Suwon, jeonse apartment prices jumped by 0.45 percent while those in the city of Gwangmyeong rose by 0.43 percent.
During the same period, jeonse prices in Sejong city also rose by 0.87 percent compared to the previous week.  
Seoul apartment prices, on the other hand, have shown signs of stabilizing. From Sept. 1 to 9, Seoul apartment prices only increased by 0.01 percent compared to the previous week.  
By regions, in Mapo District and Yeongdeungpo District, both in western Seoul, and Yongsan District and Dongdaemun District, central Seoul, apartment prices rose by 0.02 percent. In Gangnam District and Gangdong District, they increased by 0.01 percent.  
“Apartment transactions have been decreasing due to the tenant protection laws passed by the government in July, as well as the impact of a prolonged Covid-19 pandemic,” the Korea Appraisal Board wrote.  
BY CHOI HYUN-JU, CHEA SARAH   [chea.sarah@joongang.co.kr]

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