Pop star to sue property firm for failure to hand over penthouse

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Singer Thu Minh (L) and her husband (C) visited the Léman Luxury Apartments construction site in 2015. Photo credit: Lam Khanh/Tri Thuc Tre Singer Thu Minh (L) and her husband (C) visited the Léman Luxury Apartments construction site in 2015. Photo credit: Lam Khanh/Tri Thuc Tre

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Pop star Thu Minh plans to sue C.T. Phuong Nam JSC for not handing over two penthouses in Ho Chi Minh City last year as agreed. The company instead returned her advance.
The 38-year-old singer, dubbed the Vietnamese dance-pop queen, wrote on her Facebook page that she was “too disappointed” she did not get her “dream house.”
Her spokesperson, Le Phat, told the media that her lawyer is preparing to file suit.
The singer and her husband, a Dutch millionaire, had bought two penthouses at the Léman Luxury Apartments, situated at a prime location on the corner of Truong Dinh and Nguyen Dinh Chieu streets in District 3, costing nearly VND100 billion (US$4.5 million).
Minh said she had intended to merge the two penthouses -- with a total area of more than 670 square meters -- and gift to her first child. The couple signed a contract to buy the penthouses in January 2015 when the singer was pregnant.
C.T. Phuong Nam failed to hand over the houses in the fourth quarter of 2015 as agreed. The 24-story building is still under construction.
An unnamed company spokesperson told Tuoi Tre newspaper Tuesday that the company is prepared to face the lawsuit.
The apartment was not completed in time because of adjustments ordered by the government like building a larger underground parking lot, the spokesperson said.
Since Minh refused to accept the delay, the contract was liquidated in November 2015, and the deposit was returned, the spokesperson added.
Minh did not spell out what her lawsuit would claim, merely saying: “Wait for the case’s progress and [I] will inform everyone about it.”
According to news website Bizlive, C.T. Phuong Nam has to pay her compensation of VND5.76 billion as agreed in the contract.

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