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Changes to Housing Act favour buyers  01/12/2002 Sunday Star
PETALING JAYA: Housebuyers can now terminate their sales and purchase agreements and get refunds for their payments from developers under the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) (Amendment) Act 2002 which takes effect today. 

Buyers happy but developers brace for problems 02/12/2002 The Star
PETALING JAYA: The changes to the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) (Amendment) Act are consumer-friendly and will benefit both house buyers and developers, said National Housebuyers Association (HBA) secretary-general Chang Kim Loong.  

Buyers must sign new S&P agreement 02/12/2002 The Star
The 290 buyers of the stalled low medium-cost Seri Semarak apartment project in Bandar Baru Air Itam have to sign a new sales and purchase (S & P) agreement as a new developer has taken over the project.

Buyers have to pay four months’ service charge now 02/12/2002 The Star By Foong Pek Yee
PETALING JAYA: Property buyers will now have to pay four months of service charge upfront, of which three months are in the form of advance payment and the remainder as deposit under the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) (Amendment) Act 2002 which took effect yesterday.

Housebuyers ‘must decide’ 02/12/2002 The Star By Ng Su-Ann
SOME 600 housebuyers of the stalled Fettes Villa project in Fettes Park, Penang, have to make a decision. They have been told to decide whether they want the project to continue or try to get back their downpayment of between RM10,000 and RM15,000 each.

Persatuan sambut baik peraturan baru beli rumah 03/12/2002 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Isnin - Persatuan Pembeli Rumah Kebangsaan menyambut baik peraturan baru yang mensyaratkan pembeli hartanah seperti pangsapuri, kondominium, dan flet supaya membayar wang pendahuluan empat bulan bagi caj perkhidmatan. Presidennya, Datuk Zainuddin Bachik, berkata peraturan itu diharap melindungi hak pembeli hartanah daripada menjadi mangsa pemaju perumahan tempatan yang hanya mementingkan keuntungan pantas

Builders must reimburse within 14 days 03/12/2002 The Star
PETALING JAYA: Developers must reimburse housebuyers who carry out rectification works on their own units within 14 days from the day they receive the buyers’ written demand under the Housing Developers Act (Control and Licensing) (Amendment), 2002 which took effect on Dec 1. 

Houses without CFs built before MPAJ was set up 03/12/2002 The Star
OLD buildings and houses built prior to the establishment of the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) is the reason why a high number of properties in the municipality are without certificates of fitness (CFs).

Close watch on hillside projects 04/12/2002 The Star By Dharmender Singh
THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) will start monitoring all development projects in areas it deemed sensitive to ensure all technical requirements are adhered to.

Unit to handle strata title matters 04/12/2002 NST-CITY
THE Selangor Land and Mines Department, the authority with the power to issue strata titles, will set up a division to handle problems related to such applications. Deputy Land and Co-operative Development Minister Dr Tan Kee Kwong said the division would hasten the processing time for applications of strata titles.

Developer to the rescue 05/12/2002 The Star
SIN Heap Lee-Marubeni Sdn Bhd, the developer of Excelsa Apartments at Taman Universiti Indah in Sri Kembangan has promised to take measures to rectify residents’ problems, especially in security, water supply and possible erosion. The company’s director Christopher Ch’ng said the management would consider the residents’ request for an automatic gate at the apartment’s entrance.

Strata titles for PKNS flats out next year 06/12/2002 MM
THE residents of the PKNS flats along Jalan 17/1A, Petaling Jaya, should be getting their strata titles next year. Bukit Gasing State Assemblyman Dr Lim Thuang Seng announced that after more than 30 years, strata titles will finally be issued to the owners of individual units. 

Honest way to get rich 08/11/2002 NST By Charisma Mendoza
There is not one among us who, at one time or another, dreamt of being rich. Some of us went to convert that dream - you became rich, you made it! Some others continue to dream of that wonderful way to get rich! And really we have ourselves to blame when you fall under that category.

Housing tribunal should be allowed to hear all cases 09/12/2002 NST By Chang Kim Loong
THE National Housebuyers Association Malaysia (HBA) welcomes the announcement by Minister of Housing and Local Government Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting that the amended Housing Development Act would take effect from Dec 1.

Aduan mengenai Pejabat Tanah banyak diterima BPA 09/12/2002 BH
KELEWATAN proses permohonan tanah, mengeluarkan hak milik tanah dan proses pindah hak milik tanah adalah aduan yang kerap diterima oleh Biro Pengaduan Awam (BPA), Jabatan Perdana Menteri, terhadap Pejabat Tanah. Aduan lain ialah kelewatan pecah sempadan, masalah batu sempadan dan pembayaran wang pampasan bagi tanah yang diambil kerajaan.

30-year wait for strata titles 10/12/2002 NST-CITY
RESIDENTS of the PKNS (Selangor State Economic Development Corporation) flats at Jalan 17/1A in Petaling Jaya will get their strata titles next year - after waiting for more than 30 years. Bukit Gasing Assemblyman Dr Lim Thuang Seng said the strata titles were expected to be issued by the middle of, or late, next year as they were in the final stages of being processed by the Land and Mines Department.

Tribunal ready to hear cases 10/12/2002 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The Tribunal for Housebuyer Claims formed under the new Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) (Amendment) Act 2002 is now ready to hear cases.

Good deal turns sour for clerk 10/12/2002 BY K. Suthakar
A CLERK who thought she had landed a good buy of an apartment in a public auction had a rude shock when she was asked to pay about RM10,000 extra to settle outstanding bills relating to the property in Penang.

DPM: Check incompetence 10/12/2002 The Star 
KUALA LUMPUR: The Land and Co-operative Development Ministry has been instructed to intervene in the handling of land matters following incompetence shown by some land offices

S & P to give itemised list of expenses 11/12/2002 The Star By Clarence Chua
KUALA LUMPUR: The sale and purchase (S&P) agreement for apartments will now include an itemised list of expenses that will give buyers a better idea of what the maintenance fee actually covers.

Desa Pakar to get CF soon 11/12/2002 NST-CITY
THE Desa Pakar complex and apartments along the Sungai Besi Highway will soon be issued temporary Certificates of Fitness, once clearance letters on the project have been issued by the Fire and Rescue Department. "Kuala Lumpur City Hall has in principle agreed to issue temporary CFs for the apartments. We are just waiting for clearance from the department," said Khong Chee Seng, secretary to Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, during a recent Press conference at the project site.

Prices fixed for houses on state land 12/12/2002 The Star
IPOH: Developers building double-storey houses and shophouses on state land will have to sell them at RM100,000 and RM150,000 respectively from next year so that bumiputras can afford them.

Principle is now ‘caveat venditor’ 12/12/2002 The Star
I REFER to the letter, “Build first, sell later,” (The Star, Dec 10). For the information of Frustrated, the recent amendments to the housing development laws have already taken care of the “build-then-sell” concept by encouraging developers to adopt it.

Tribunal hanya terima kes aduan selepas 1 Disember 12/12/2002 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Rabu - Tribunal Aduan Pembeli Rumah (TAPR) yang mula beroperasi 1 Disember lalu hanya boleh membantu memfailkan tuntutan pembeli yang menandatangani perjanjian jual beli rumah (S&P) selepas tarikh itu. Pengerusinya yang baru dilantik, Kamardin Hashim, berkata pihaknya hanya boleh mendengar aduan pembeli mengenai masalah berkaitan jual beli bagi urusan S&P yang dibuat sebelum 1 Disember dan perkara itu kemudian dirujuk kepada bahagian pengaduan Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan.

Hope for housebuyers who had completed purchase before Dec 1 13/12/2002 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The door has not been permanently shut for thousands of aggrieved housebuyers who purchased their homes before Dec 1. The Housing and Local Government Ministry is working towards making the Housing Tribunal accessible to buyers who signed their Sale and Purchase Agreements (SPA) before the the tribunal commenced.

Ong: We will clarify position of tribunal first 13/12/2002 The Star
The Housing and Local Government Ministry will seek the advice of the Attorney-General’s Chambers on whether the Housing Tribunal can hear cases involving transactions made before Dec 1, its minister, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, said.

Pastikan tribunal tiada had masa kes 13/12/2002 BH
KUALA LUMPUR, Khamis - Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan akan mendapatkan penjelasan dan nasihat daripada Jabatan Peguam Negara sama ada Tribunal Aduan Pembeli Rumah (TAPR) boleh menerima kes yang berlaku sebelum 1 Disember lalu. Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, berkata kerajaan tidak akan bersikap lepas tangan terhadap masalah yang berlaku sebelum 1 Disember sebaliknya akan mencuba sedaya upaya untuk membantu pembeli rumah menyelesaikan masalah mereka.

Housing ministry to speed up procedures for approval of construction projects 14/12/2002 The Star
THE Housing and Local Government is aiming to speed up the procedure for approval of construction projects via an electronic ecosystem. According to Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, the Sepang district council in Selangor has been chosen to carry out a pilot project called virtual approval environment (VAE), built by AsiaBuild Online Sdn Bhd. It is expected to go full-scale in June next year.

Close watch on hillside projects 14/12/2002 The Star
THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) will start monitoring all development projects in areas it deemed sensitive to ensure all technical requirements are adhered to. Council president Ahmad Fuad Ismail said when developers failed to follow the requirements during the early stages of the development, the structure such as slopes posed a problem after six or seven years.

Pinjaman rumah selesai, tapi tiada hak milik 16/12/2002 BH
PADA 1971 arwah ibu saya (termasuk 44 pembeli lain) membeli banglo dua tingkat di Taman Datuk Keramat daripada Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS). Pinjaman rumah daripada PKNS diselesaikan pada 1983, namun sehingga ini hak milik rumah itu belum dikeluarkan.`

Stop threatening borrowers, CASSA tells banks 16/12/2002 MM
THE Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam Selangor (CASSA) has called all financial institutions to stop threatening borrowers - whose housing projects are abandoned by developers - with property auction, blacklisting and bankruptcy notices. In a statement, its president Jacob George said in many cases, the association found the banks were equally liable for releasing loans of more than 95 per cent of the purchase price without determining the state of the project

Service apartment buyers not protected by new law  16/12/2002 The Star By Clarence Chua
PETALING JAYA: With the demand for service apartments on the rise, many buyers of such property are unaware that they do not enjoy the protection accorded to purchasers of condominiums, apartments and other non-commercial property under the law.

Developer of stalled project gets summons 18/12/2002 NST-CITY
THE developer for the abandoned Rhythm Avenue apartment project in Subang Jaya, Selangor was served with a writ of summons last Friday. Those named as co-defendants were Rhythm Avenue developer Sanjung Utama Sdn Bhd, company directors Yap Kwee Huat and Yap Kwee Chai and project architect Goh Day Ren.

No nod for blasting at Tiara Intan 20/12/2002 The Star By Esther Chandran
BLASTING works carried out by developers should have the approval from the local authority, which takes into account consent from the police, Department of Environment and Mineral and Geoscience Department.

Ministry to monitor new buildings without disabled-friendly features 20/12/2002 NST
KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - The issue of new buildings without disabled-people features will be addressed at the Disabled Persons' Advisory Council in February, said National Unity and Social Development Minister Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman today.

Guarded approval for new Act 21/12/2002 NST-PROP
WITH the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) (Amendment) Act 2002 coming into operation on Dec 1 together with the regulations governing the new standard Sale and Purchase Agreements, housing development accounts and the tribunal, the legal overhaul of the property development industry is now complete.

New Housing Development Regulations  21/12/2002 NST By Shamsulbahri bin Ibrahim and Roger Tan Kor Mee
Background The Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) (Amendment) Act 2002 which was gazetted on 31 January 2002 came into operation on 1 December 2002. With that, the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 will now be known as the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (“the Act”).

Buyer-friendly Act 21/12/2002 NST By Shamsulbahri bin Ibrahim and Roger Tan Kor Mee
The Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) (Amendment) Act 2002 which was gazetted on Jan 31, 2002 came into operation on Dec 1, 2002. With that, the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 is now known as the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (the Act).

Build more low-cost houses instead of flats 26/12/2002 NST
IT is good to learn that the Federal Government has taken over the responsibility for the construction of houses for the lower-income group. It has set aside RM1 billion. Of this amount RM700 million is for 64 projects to relocate squatters in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor by 2005. However, generally speaking, developers are crass businessmen who only look to maximise profits. If they can avoid building low-cost units they will gladly do so. This is where the authorities must come down hard on the defaulters.

Developers issued show-cause letters over delay 29/12/2002 NSUNT 
MUAR, Sat. - The Johor Government has issued show-cause letters to several housing developers over the delay in building 39,000 units of low-cost houses, mostly in the RM25,000 category in Johor Baru. State Domestic Trade, Consumer Affairs and Housing Committee chairman Abdul Samat Aripin said the Government wanted to know why construction of these houses washeld up when medium and high-cost units could be completed in time.


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