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Laws for gated communities
18/12/2004 The Star

GATED communities cannot be created because the access roads that have to be blocked do not belong to the residents living in such housing schemes.

Selangor Housing and Real Property Board executive director Alinah Ahmad said once the developer applied for the titles for the individual homes in the area, the access roads had to be handed over to the local authority concerned.

"The problem will arise when the application is made for individual titles for the houses in the area as the title cannot be released without the access roads and other common areas being handed over to the local council," she said.

She said there were laws that allowed for such projects although there were numerous housing schemes where the developers had advertised that the houses being sold were gated communities.

Alinah said in such instances the buyers ended up being the victims.

She added that once the common areas had been handed over to the local authority even the guard-house would have to be torn down as the land it was built on did not belong to the residents.


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