management

Of speculators and bogus house buyers

Immediate government measures are needed to tackle issue “Harga Rumah Melampau” – that’s the desperate cry of the rakyat against skyrocketing house prices as headlined by one of the widely-read Bahasa Malaysia newspapers. In English, it translates to “House prices are ridiculous”. The National House Buyers Association (HBA) has consistently called for government intervention to prevent a “homeless generation of young adult Malaysians” from emerging, especially in urban and sub-urban areas, who, if not for wild speculation, would be able to buy their own houses. In time, Malaysia will face a “social crisis” with serious political implications if the majority of the lower and middle-income groups do not have affordable houses. The matter is of grave urgency because the homeless hail from the...Read More

Management cannot stop foreigners from staying, says buyers association

  PETALING JAYA (Dec 3): The decision by the Alam Prima management in Shah Alam, Selangor, to state that foreigners are not welcome to stay at its units is irregular and morally wrong, according to the National House Buyers Association (HBA). HBA honorary secretary-general Chang Kim Loong told The Malaysian Insider that the issue of prohibiting “foreigners” was unacceptable. “There are plenty of foreign-owned condominiums and resorts in Langkawi. They could retaliate by banning locals. There should not be any profiling,” he said. Chang said that there was no law from prohibiting foreigners from renting or staying at condominiums or other properties. “If any by-laws were passed at the condominium’s annual general meeting (AGM) then they must be consistent with the Strata Management Reg...Read More

Is it the developer, the contractor, the local council or the house-owner?

  THE collapse of a slope deep in the jungle does not concern house-owners, nor do landslides along our highways or roads. They just cause a bit of inconvenience to road users. The Government deploys men, machinery and money to get the road cleared as quickly as possible so traffic can flow again. It is different with the slope, which is (usually) at the back of a house. The house-owner did not build it. It came when he bought the house, designed by the developer with the approval of the local council. Because it is in his compound – or because he will be affected by it in the event of a collapse – the house-owner is responsible. But in reality, is it as simple as that? It is more than a matter of money, it may also involve lives. The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) in ...Read More

Compliance with the law–Do it the right way from the onset

Office bearers and committee/ council members elected to serve the management bodies should indulge themselves; to educate and equip themselves with the intricacies of the legislation governing strata management vis-à-vis Strata Management Act, its Regulations and the usage of the related Forms as well as understand the scope of jurisdiction of the Strata Management Tribunal and the role and power of the Commissioner Of Buildings. Dealing with the maintenance charges and sinking fund is one of the most important and yet contentious functions of developer, Joint Management Body or Management Corporation (collectively ‘Management Bodies’) in a stratified development. In order to ensure that accountability and integrity are constantly upheld in the Management Bodies, the Strata Management Act...Read More

Addressing abandonment issues

ALTHOUGH the Housing Development (Control & Licensing) Act, 1966 (HDA) has been tweaked and fined-tuned on numerous occasions in the past, it has still not been able to address the issues of abandonment. The amendments to Housing Development (Control & Licensing) were tabled in Parliament and debated, received its royal assent and was gazetted on Feb 2, 2012. Its implementation was inordinately delayed because of the governing HD Regulations, 2015 (HDR) and a host of other crossed referred laws that related to strata management and maintenance. It finally was implemented by the Housing Minister and came into operation on June 1, 2015. But has the amendments to the principal legislation and its governing regulations with a new set of sales & purchase agreements plugged some of t...Read More

A leader among residents

THE concept of a management body should be fairly clear to a management corporations’ council members or even many long-time strata property owners. For non-involved owners and residents – especially first-time owners – this form of common-interest ‘governance’ can be perplexing and, at times, bewildering, what with the many parties (developers, managing agent, management council, other buyers, etc) involved as well as with the legal duties of each party. Those who have never lived in an owners’ corporation (condo, apartments, townhouses, gated communities) often do not understand the necessity of service charges, sinking fund, rules and volunteering to sit in the management council. For them, the “management” may be perceived as little more than a nebulous entity that expects prompt payme...Read More