Well, they did try to deflect the issue, since it was technically arson. But teh fact remains that these people died horribly becauase of negligence, it was preventable, there could have been a escape route if they were not piled up like egg crates instead of human beings. In general, society is showing less patience with those greedy landlords.
Do teh Math: each eprson was paying 5000 NTD at least, there were 25 rooms. The landlord doe snot pay taxes on the renatls because they never pay taes. Does not invest in paint , maybe bare minimum repairs. An apartment in thsoe areas could be tops 30k a month because of the age of te building. This landlord is making several times that amount. A bit too much without consideration. She could have opened up a window. Most of the deaths ocusrred in the inner rooms without windows.
And before you say free market and all, what otehr options are there? For a 20k or less earner, the difefrence between paying 4000 without a window instead of 5000 with one is crucial. We can say they made their choice, but the fact is that the law should be there so they do not have to. Sleeping in the street would be safer then.
Add that drunken drivers and other people who should be punished but aren’t. Like the professor who raped his student and engaged ina relationship with her…since she was 11. Girl si totally brainwashed and damaged emotionally and mentally for life, toatlly dependent on her captor.
OTOH, this is the season for fires and heart attacks. I live between two hospitals and there is this influx of ambulances and firetrucks on cold days. Most old houses are death traps in case of fire because of the bars and stuff in balconies and stairwells. But the homes cannot be renewed because they are rentals, the landlord has no interest in fixing or renewing because it is not profitable nor there are any regulations forcing them to do so, the renter cannot do the necessary repairs because for starters that is not their home and they probably do not have enough money for that, earning 20K. Hence, every winter the tragedies rise like fumes… and eveaporate as quickly. Though now it seems to linger like the polution. We’ll see if anything changes.