An article in the New York Times of 26th December 2016, reports that residential homeowners in Wenzhou will not have to pay a fee to extend their land-use rights which expired after 20 years.  China has previously said that local governments must renew 70-year leases but did not clarify whether payment would have to be made for renewal nor the position for shorter leases.  The New York Times article further reports that the decision in Wenzhou whilst not providing a national legal framework on land use rights in China, might be the precursor for other local governments adopting a similar position.