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Housing Act may  be renamed
07/01/2001 Sunday Star By Sim Leoi Leoi
On the Common Property and Building Management Bill, Ong said the new legislation would be tabled to the Cabinet for approval once this had been studied by the Attorney-General's Chambers."The Bill will allow the building commissioner to intervene where there is a deadlock between condominium or apartment owners and developers," he added.

'Build first, then sell' policy mooted for houses
20/04/2001 Malaysia Kini By Ng Boon Hooi
Meanwhile, Housing and Local Government Minister Ong Ka Ting in his speech said the Housing Development Act, originally named Housing Developers Act, will be tabled in Parliament in July. He said, under the new Act, the maintenance of condominiums will be managed jointly by the developer and the buyers. "If they cannot work out the management of maintenance, then the commissioner of buildings will take over to resolve the problem," he said. He also said the ministry may set up an advisory board to settle minor complaints so that home buyers need not have to go to court to solve small disputes

Report progress or risk jail
04/05/2001 NST-PROP
On the issue of the Housing Developers Act and the Building and Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Bill, Ong said drafts of the amendments to the Act and proposed Bill had been submitted to the Attorney-General's Chambers and are expected to be tabled at the next Dewan  Rakyat sitting. He said the Housing Developers Act would be renamed the Housing Development Act to better reflect its form and function.

An end to strata property woes?
22/05/2001 MM-CLAS
CONDOMINIUM owners and perhaps even potential buyers of strata title properties wait with bated breath for the tabling of the Building and Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Bill. But given the history of the Bill that is meant to redress the problems of ownership and management of strata properties, owners and potential buyers will not be able to let out a collective sigh of relief just yet. The Bill that was supposed to have been tabled in Parliament as far back as in 1997, failed to make it to the Dewan Rakyat during its previous sitting at the end of last year. The current sitting of Parliament however did see the passing of the amendments to the Strata Titles Act 1985 which also goes in some way to alleviating the problems faced by this segment of the market. But until the Bill's passage through Parliament actually takes place, condominium owners and property managers will have to deal with the problems of managing the building the best they can. Though the efforts to draft and table the Bill is to be lauded, any delay only serves to emphasise the increasingly pressing need for it due to a higher occupancy of stratified units as land especially in land scarce urban centres. Coupled with a greater awareness of the need for such properties to be well-managed, delays will also accentuate the inadequacies of other existing legislation governing homeownership and property management.

Giving condo owners a say over fees for maintenance
25/05/2001 The Star
Buyers of condominium and apartment units will be able to decide on the rate of maintenance fees under the new Building and Common Property Bill to be tabled soon.

Maintenance Of Building Important
20/06/2001 NST By Prof Bill Hamilton and Dr Wan Salleh Wan Ibrahim are with the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, UiTM.
What was reported was that an Act to be called the Commissioner of Building Act was to be tabled by the Housing and Local Government which, if we may interpret it correctly, will put a lid on the number of developers who abandon their projects and those who do not have the necessary credibility to implement development projects professionally in terms of building standards.

Managing together (Part I)
02/02/2002 Published in NST-PROP A Buyer Watch Article by National House Buyers Association
The much-awaited Building and Common Property (Maintenance & Management) Bill augurs well for strata unit owners The proposed Building and Common Property (Maintenance & Management) Bill, which is expected to be tabled in Parliament some time this year, is aimed at alleviating the maintenance and management problems that have become a way of life for stratified property owners.

Houses, buildings to be fitted with new flushing system
07/10/2003  The Sun
On the draft of the Common Property Act aimed at regulating maintenance and management of high-rise residential building such as flats and apartment, he said it is being finalized by the attorney-general and is expected to be tabled in Parliament next year.

Managing together (Part II)
08/11/2003 Published in NST-PROP A Buyer Watch Article by National House Buyers Association
IF you have invested in a stratified project, you most obviously would want to make sure the structure in which your purchase is situated in, is properly cared for at all times. After all, a poorly maintained building can create a lot of problems, such as the fact that units in an unkempt looking project may be difficult to sell.

Property management important
21/10/2005 The Sun By Sujartha Kumarasamy
PETALING JAYA: The issue of maintenance and management is important if the property and housing sector is to compete successfully with Malaysia’s neighbours such as Singapore, Minister of Housing & Local Government Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said yesterday .

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