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Spotting a lemon 02/10/2000 MM By Nicholas Mun
IGNORANCE is bliss. That is true until you find yourself with a leaky roof and shortly after that, a hefty repair bill. The words we should chant like a mantra should be: `knowledge is power'. Knowing the true condition if the property will firstly put you in a stronger bargaining position as compared to being completely ignorant of the condition.

Light at the end of tunnel for 1,100 flat buyers 03/10/2002 The Star By Ng Su-Ann
About 1,100 buyers of the stalled Green Garden low-medium cost flats project in Paya Terubong in Penang may soon be able to move into their respective units as the Certificate of Occupancy is expected to be issued in two weeks. Housebuyer P.K. Ng, 67, said she had received a letter from the developer stating that vacant possession had been issued and the buyers would receive their keys after making the final payment of RM10,000 each.

House buyers' tribunal 03/10/2002 NST
THE proposed House Buyers Complaints Tribunal will begin operations at the end of the year. The rules and by-laws are still being finalised.

Tribunal mula hujung tahun   03/10/2002 BH
TRIBUNAL Aduan Pembeli Rumah yang ditubuhkan di bawah Akta Pemaju Perumahan (Kawalan dan Pelesenan 1996) akan berfungsi akhir tahun ini apabila kajian mengenai syarat dan undang-undang kecilnya selesai. Timbalan Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui (BN-Miri), berkata penubuhan tribunal itu akan dapat menyelesaikan tuntutan pembeli dan pemaju secara adil

Down by law 05/10/2001  NST-PROP By Nicholas Mun
Excessive legislation in commerce and industry is a common complaint. The other side of the argument is spotty enforcement, which raises the issue of futility of such initiatives to put the house in order.

Government to focus on building low-cost houses 06/10/2002 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The Government will focus on building low-cost houses, and leave private developers to take up medium-low-cost projects in better locations. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said developers were more interested in building medium-low and medium-cost projects because of the better returns than low-cost houses.

Housebuyers voice grievances to minister 06/10/2002 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - A group representing 600 disgruntled housebuyers had the opportunity to voice their grievances to the Government when they handed a memorandum to Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting at the Malaysian Property Exhibition 2002 at the Mid Valley Megamall. Ong was touring the exhibition when he stopped to look at the housebuyers' association booth.

Good idea to make flat residents attend seminar 07/10/2002 NST
THE proposal by Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting that all flat and apartment dwellers in new public housing schemes must attend a seminar on safety and environmental care is most timely, appropriate and deserves public support. On the same matter, Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur Datuk Mohmad Shaid Mohd Taufek has also announced that all squatter families who have been relocated to public housing will have to undergo a week-long orientation programme conducted by Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

Bimbang flet runtuh 07/10/2002 BH
CHERAS: Keselamatan kira-kira 400 penghuni rumah Flet Pendekar 9, Taman Tun Perak, berada dalam bahaya berikutan kejadian rekahan tanah pada jalan raya bersebelahan, semalam.Kejadian bermula jam 1 tengah hari itu hanya disedari penduduk apabila mereka melihat jaluran rekahan pada permukaan jalan sepanjang 30 meter bermula dari tebing bukit hingga ke longkang flet berkenaan.

Fear of building collapse 07/10/2002 MM
SOME 50 families of Block Pendekar 9, Taman Tun Perak in Cheras, are afraid their five-storey building would collapse when a tarred road near their block sank. The discovery was made around noon by residents. The crack on the road stretched about 20 metres long.

Penduduk perumahan rakyat digesa ubah sikap 08/10/2002 Utusan Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur 7 Okt-Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hari ini menyeru penduduk kawasan perumahan rakyat supaya mengubah sikap menjadi lebih bertanggungjawab dalam menjaga kemudahan seperti lif dan taman permainan di kawasan masing-masing.

Tired of waiting for CF 10/10/2002  MM
SERENDAH Golf Resort residents who bought their houses seven years ago, are tired of waiting for the the certificates of fitness to enable them to move into their homes. One of them, EDWARD, says the houses were built between 1995 and 1998, and the developer had promised to obtain the CFs within three years.

Why many flats are without strata titles 11/10/2002 NST
MANY flats are still without strata titles because there is no coordination between the State and Federal Governments, Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan (BN-Tebrau) said. "When we approach the State Government or the local council for the titles, they say it was a project by the Federal Government and only the latter can issue the strata title."

Duties on low-cost houses waived 11/10/2002 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Stamp duties on the purchase or transfer of low- cost houses have been waived, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chan Kong Choy said today. He said the exemption, which has been backdated to July 1, was to ease the burden of the low-income group to own houses.

Upset over developer's foot-dragging ways 12/10/2002 MM
REPORTS will be submitted to the Selangor Menteri Besar's office and the Housing and Local Government Ministry over the foot-dragging ways of the Taman Tun Perak housing developer in Cheras. On Oct 6, cracks appeared on a 20-metre stretch of a driveway along Block Pendekar 9 of the housing area, following heavy rain.

What lies beneath 12/10/2004 The Star
HOW the landscape can change in a matter of years, and not necessarily for the better. The Kelana Jaya rubbish dump, located just off the road to the Subang airport in Selangor and the North-South Expressway, was once the bane of Petaling Jaya folks. When the landfill was in operation between 1990 and 1996, its foul stench and sometimes, smoky fires, used to travel for miles.

Move to waive stamp duty lauded 12/10/2002 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Consumers associations lauded the government’s move to waive stamp duty for low-cost houses, saying it will enable more low-income buyers to own a home. House Buyers Association secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said the move would benefit the low-income group and help the country move towards developed nation status.

Complaints over delays in CF issuance still being received 13/10/2002 NSUNT
KUALA LUMPUR, Sat. - The Government is still receiving complaints about delays in the issuing of certificates of fitness by local authorities. Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said as the public could not accept reasons for CF delays, the integrity, effectiveness and quality of public service was constantly being tested.

Civil servants ticked off over late CFs 13/10/2002 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Chief Secretary Tan Sri Samsudin Osman ticked off civil servants for the late issuing of Certificates of Fitness (CFs), saying their inefficiency had indirectly led to higher house prices. He said the issuing of CFs should be carried out smoothly as the Government had outlined the workflow for the relevant departments and agencies to follow.

C.F. poser for Sg Besi Indah folk 14/10/2002 MM
FOR more than nine years, residents of Sungai Besi Indah's low-cost terrace houses had patiently waited for their properties' certificate of fitness (CF). They were recently told that the CFs are ready but doubts have crept in as they are unsure if the CFs were for their properties.

50 families evacuated from Jalan Cheras flats 15/10/2002 NST-CITY
FIFTY families in Block 9 of the Taman Tun Perak Flats in Batu 10, Jalan Cheras, Selangor were evacuated from their homes when the soil in the car park area beside the building sank. The residents were moved to another block of flats, which was unoccupied, in the same housing scheme.

New rules for hill resorts’ development 1610/2002 The Star By SHAHANAAZ HABIB
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has spelt out specific guidelines for any future development at the six popular hill resorts in the country, stressing that these must be strictly adhered to to protect the environment and minimise the risk of landslides.

Flat buyers ‘to fight own battle’ 17/10/2002  The Star By Derrick Vinesh
Buyers of the low-medium cost flat units of Penang’s Green Garden project in Paya Terubong will have to fight their own battle to get compensation for the late delivery of their units.

Still no C.F.  18/10/2002 MM
RESIDENTS of blocks J and K of the Riverdale Apartment in Bukit Antarabangsa, Ampang, want the local authority to issue certificate of fitness for their properties fast. According to Leong, a representative of the Riverdale residents' association, the two buildings were only issued temporary certificate of fitness (TCF).

Respondents want to strike out case 18/10/2002  The Sun By Maria J. Dass
Shah Alam: The respondents in a landmark case which will determine the status of leasehold land and the rights of its owners, especially in new villages, have applied to strike out the summons against them.

Villa OUG folk still sore over claims 18/10/2002 MM
THE dispute between residents of Villa OUG in Jalan Awan Dandan, Taman Yarl, and its developer over their Liquidated Ascertainable Damages (LAD) claims is not over. Four months ago, the residents association pro-tem committee had negotiated with the developer, Pembangunan Brisdale Sdn Bhd, and came to an agreement.

Road Builder units, AIA to offer reward plan 19/10/2002 BT
ROAD Builder (M) Holdings Bhd, through property arm RB Land Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Seremban Two Sdn Bhd) and Shah Alam 2 Sdn Bhd, has entered into an alliance agreement with American International Assurance Co Ltd (AIA) in Seremban yesterday in respect of its Homevest Reward Plan. RB Land and Shah Alam 2 were represented by the former's executive chairman Datuk Shamsudin Md Dubi and AIA by its senior vice-president and general manager Mark O'Dell.

Leasehold renewal demystified 19/10/2002 NST-PROP By Eileen Ng
Molly Tan has been living comfortably in a bungalow in Section 14, Petaling Jaya in Selangor for over 40 years and the house holds many happy memories for her and her family.

Pemaju mungkir 21/10/2002 HM
SENTUL: Kira-kira 70 pembeli unit kediaman `Sangsuria Golfview Condominium' di Sentul Raya yang sepatutnya menerima kunci rumah masing- masing, Sabtu lalu, kecewa apabila pemaju projek terbabit gagal menunaikan janji. Berikutan itu, kumpulan pembeli terbabit termasuk dari Pulau Pinang, Ipoh, Melaka dan Singapura yang sudah lebih enam tahun menandatangani perjanjian jual beli (SPA) kediaman terbabit mengadakan bantahan secara aman di depan pejabat jualan pemaju berkenaan, di sini.

Incompetent management main gripe of flat dwellers 23/10/2002 NST
THE main problem faced by those living in low-cost apartments is incompetent management corporations. State Local Government, Housing and Squatter, and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Ahmad Dahalan said some of the corporations could not manage and administer the apartments properly

Groups: Strictly enforce laws 24/10/2002 The Star
PETALING JAYA: The authorities have been urged to strictly enforce environmental laws in view of the increase in landslides throughout the country lately. House Buyers Association chairman Datuk Zainuddin Bachik said such occurrences were mainly due to a lack of enforcement and improper planning.

Villa OUG folk to get claims soon 24/10/2002 MM
RESIDENTS of Villa OUG at Taman Yarl should be getting their Liquidated Ascertainable Damages (LAD) claims as soon as its developer, Pembangunan Brisdale Sdn Bhd, sort out some technicalities. In a faxed reply to a report in The Malay Mail, managing director Datuk Mohd Aini Taib said there had been some delay in the payment as the developer was waiting for approval from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government for the withdrawal from its Housing Developers' Association (HDA) account.

Purchasers ‘satisfied’ 24/10/2002 The Star
Purchasers of Penang’s RM270mil Bayan World Mega-mall project are satisfied with the measures taken by the developer to revive the project.

Project delay burdens buyers
25/10/2002 The Star By Maizatul Nazlina
PASIR GUDANG: Factory worker Fatimah Zulaida Mohd Yusof, who wanted her own home, scrimped and saved to buy a low-cost house in Taman Desa Rakyat Perdana when the offer came in 1998. Fatimah and her husband made plans on how they could decorate the house and could not wait for it to be completed last February, as stated in the sales and purchase agreement.

Government to study clause if there's formal complaint 25/10/2002 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The Government will look into the new property insurance clause disclaiming liability for damage to properties due to acts of terrorism if a formal complaint is lodged by affected parties. Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister, Datuk M. Kayveas, said so far the Ministry had not received any complaint.

Build more medium-cost homes, says Ong 25/10/2002 NST
SERI KEMBANGAN, Thurs. - Private housing developers have been urged to build more medium-cost houses in strategic locations to meet the demand, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said today. Ong also said many developers were now interested in building such houses because of the better returns than low-cost houses, but they should locate them in the cities.

Be good corporate citizens, developers told 25/10/2002 The Star
Housing developers have the moral obligation as corporate citizens to build affordable and quality homes, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.

Riverside retreat 26/10/2002 NST-PROP
The third phase of The Genting Valley project, which offers premium plots of flat land next to a river and panoramic views of the Main Range, is now almost 50 per cent sold, continuing the success that the project had enjoyed with earlier phases.

Agencies told to be stricter with ISO applicants 27/10/2002 NSUNT
IPOH, Sat. - Consultant agencies should be strict in scrutinising companies applying for the International Standard Organisation certification. Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister Datuk M. Kayveas said they must check the management procedures and quality of work.

Work to curb flash floods at Sri Segambut 28/10/2002 NST-CITY
WORK has begun at the four-hectare housing project in Phase 4, Taman Sri Segambut, Kepong to reduce flash floods. A representative from housing developer Sai Wai Realty said after receiving complaints a few weeks ago, it had constructed bunds to prevent the water from flowing down to the houses.

SS4 residents in arms over condo project 28/10/2002 The Star By CHIN MUI YOON
RESIDENTS of SS4 Petaling Jaya are protesting against a proposed condominium project that is a stone’s throw away from their homes. Some of the residents have received letters from the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council late last month informing them of the project and requesting their opinions within 21 days.

Reforms to end home buyers' dilemma 29/10/2002 NST
IT is sad to note the numerous complaints from house buyers. My sympathy goes out to those whose dreams have been shattered and replaced by painful nightmares. Their grouses are by no means new and have been raised time and again by aggrieved house buyers. These problems not only remain unresolved but recur frequently. It appears that the Ministry of Housing and Local Government is more interested in officiating new launches and kowtowing to developers

Projek rumah terbengkalai ditarik balik 29/10/2002 Berita Harian
KLANG, Isnin - Semua projek rumah kos rendah yang gagal dibina pemaju perumahan swasta sehingga November ini, akan ditarik balik. Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kerajaan Tempatan, Perumahan dan Setinggan dan Alam Sekitar, Datuk Mokhtar Dahlan, berkata ada kira-kira 60 projek lama dan baru yang belum dilaksanakan.


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