The construction ministry has issued a set of rules banning people living in apartments from swearing in public, fighting or being too loud.
The rules that take effect April 2 also prohibit residents from hindering public security, littering or disposing waste at public places, and using common areas for personal purposes.
Residents should not make loud noises that affect neighbors or put clothes on the balcony or window to dry.
Security guards and receptionists can keep visitors’ personal papers for security reasons.
Residents of apartment buildings in Hanoi and managers have dismissed the new rules as “impractical.”
They said many buildings already have similar rules, but they are not easy to enforce.
Do Manh, a man living at Co Nhue, a luxury apartment complex in downtown Hanoi, said his apartment building bans swearing but there is no one to enforce the rule.
Many people also have no problem dumping garbage at wrong places or making noise, he told news website VnExpress.
A manager of My Dinh urban complex in the city said the ministry had enacted rules in 2008 banning people from burning votive paper and organizing funerals in apartment buildings, but did not stipulate specific penalties and no one was ever punished.
There cannot be managers everywhere to catch people swearing, he said.