Developers Of High-rise
Buildings Can Seal Properties Of Tenants
KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 (Bernama) -- The assets of owners and tenants of
units in high-rise buildings such as condominiums, office buildings and
shopping centres who refuse to settle maintenance charges can now be sealed.
Secretary-General of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government Datuk
Ahmad Fuad Ismail said the Building and Common Property (Maintenance and
Management) Act 2007 or Act 663 which was enforced yesterday provided for
"Previously, developers were faced with the problem of buyers or tenants
refusing to pay the maintenance charges because there was no law which
specified action that could be taken," he said.
He said this in a working paper entitled "Implementation of the Building and
Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Act 2007 to Tackle the Problems
of Maintaining and Managing Buildings and Common properties.
The working paper was tabled at the Conference on Enhancing the Government
Delivery System and Services, here today.
The assets would be sealed if the Commissioner of Buildings (COB) appointed
by the state governments gave the permission after receiving an application
from the developer of a building, he said.
Meanwhile, Director-General of the Peninsular Malaysia Town and Country
Planning Department Datuk Mohd Fadzil Mohd Khir proposed that the approval
process for applications for land development be shortened to only four
"Priority should also be given to high-impact projects such as those
involving foreign investors," he said in his working paper entitled
"Enhancement of the Delivery System for Procedures and Processes as well as
the Implementation of One-Stop-Centre for Development Proposals.
He pointed out that currently processing of applications for land
development took a very long time, that is, about a year.
In addition, approvals between the local authorities also differed with the
Kuala Lumpur City Hall taking between 30 and 120 days to approve building
plans, the Subang Jaya City Council (30 to 145 days), Petaling Jaya City
Council (30 to 60 days).
"It is proposed that the new method be implemented simultaneously throughout
the country while the existing method is put aside to avoid confusion," he