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Homes in danger of slipping away, yet more being planned
03/12/2007 New Straits Times By Arman Ahmad and K. Harinderan
An entire row of abandoned houses built on a slope in Bukit Antarabangsa KUALA LUMPUR: Captain (R) Hassan Ahmad looks forebodingly at the drain that runs the length of his house -- a corner lot on one of Bukit Antarabangsa's highest slopes.

Developers only liable for first 18 months
03/12/2007 New Straits Time
KUALA LUMPUR: Developers are only liable for defects for a period of 18 months after vacant possession is taken on a residential property under the Housing Developers (Control & Licensing Act) (HDA) 1966.

What new building maintenance law is all about
03/12/2007 NST-PROP
Here's an opportunity for those living in strata-titled properties, condominiums and townhouses included, to learn more about some new laws that were enacted by Parliament recently, and how these affect them.

239 families get PPR houses
04/12/2007 The Star By Fazleena Aziz
AFTER a wait of almost 10 years, 239 families from Kampung Taiyu in Sungai Besi will finally be able to own Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PRR) homes.

Johari: Stop retaining MyKad
06/12/2007 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Security personnel guarding buildings who insist on retaining the identity documents of visitors have been told to stop the practice immediately.

Seminar on strata titles
07/12/2007 The Star
IF you are an owner of an apartment, a condominium unit, a flat or a townhouse, you may be interested to attend a seminar on the issue of strata titles organised by the House Buyers Association (HBA).

Water supply to Kinrara building cut
07/12/2007 The Star
Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) has disconnected the water supply to the Pusat Perniagaan Kinrara building in Section 3, Puchong, after the management failed to pay the RM159,736.69 it owed the water supply company.

An area where many consumers are short-changed
08/12/2007 NST-PROP By G. Umakanthan
Judging by the number of complaints still pouring in, it'll take a while before developers in general can earn the confidence of the house buying public.

Bill for implementation of e-Tanah system tabled
09/12/2007 Sunday Star
PETALING JAYA: The Government has tabled the National Land Code (Amendment) Bill 2007 in an effort to streamline land transactions and ownership.

An area where many consumers are short-changed
10/12/07 NST-PROP By G. Umakanthan
Judging by the number of complaints still pouring in, it'll take a while before developers in general can earn the confidence of the housebuying public. Of 18,345 complaints handled by the National Consumer Complaints Centre (NCCC) during the whole of last year, the biggest number (1,578 in all) was against housing developers.

Residents feel short changed by low ceilings 11/12/2007 The Star By ESTHER CHANDRAN
HOW would you feel if your new house has such a low ceiling that installing a ceiling fan could be a risky thing to do?

Taman Suria Perdana perlu bekalan air  
13/12/2007 BH Oleh Wakil Penduduk
KAMI penduduk Taman Suria Perdana, Kuantan ingin mengadu bahawa kami tidak mendapat bekalan air sejak mula menduduki rumah di taman berkenaan sejak sebulan lalu. Kami mula mendapat kunci rumah pada 31 Oktober lalu daripada pemaju perumahan dan membayar pendahuluan kepada Jabatan Bekalan Air (JBA) Pahang, tetapi sehingga hari ini meter JBA masih belum dipasang di rumah kami.

Shrinking plots dilemma
14/12/2007 The Star Story and photo by ELAN PERUMAL
THEY paid a hefty sum of nearly RM400,000 each for factory lots in the growing commercial township of Puchong but, after a 10-year wait, the 208 buyers are worried that they may be short-changed.

COB bantu kutip yuran selenggara bangunan
14/11/2007 Harian Metro
Kajang: Majlis Perbandaran Kajang (MPKj) akan menubuhkan Pesuruhjaya Bangunan (COB) bagi membantu pemaju perumahan memungut yuran penyenggaraan dan orang ramai boleh dikenakan tindakan undang-undang sekiranya gagal atau enggan menjelaskannya.

Talam awards RM125mil projects to IJMC
15/12/2007 The Star
PETALING JAYA: Talam Corp Sdn Bhd has awarded IJM Construction Sdn Bhd (IJMC) a second package comprising five development projects worth RM125mil for completion by the latter.

Housebuyers to enjoy 24 months' warranty
16/12/2007 Sunday Star By CHIN MUI YOON and NG SI HOOI
KUALA LUMPUR: Developers will now have to repair any defect in houses detected within two years of handing over vacant possession to housebuyers.

Housebuyers hail new ruling with better protection
16/12/2007 Sunday Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The House Buyers Association (HBA) has welcomed the new regulations, hailing them as “an enhancement of protection for housebuyers”.

"e-Tanah" Protects Land Owner Rights - Sothinathan
17/12/2007 Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 (Bernama) -- An efficient computerised land administration and management system or "e-Tanah" will help protect land owner rights and prevent cheating during the transfer of ownership.

Rumah impian terbengkalai
18/12/2007 Berita Harian Oleh Ahmad Syahrul Derauh
BELUM SIAP: Deretan rumah terbengkalai di kawasan perumahan Perpaduan Height, Senaling, Kuala Pilah mendapat rungutan pembeli.

Residents want action now
18/12/2007 The Star Story and photo by Yip Yoke Teng
RESIDENTS of Sri Bahagia Court in Cheras are upset with the way the management is running the apartment.

20/12/2007 The Malay Mail By Dawn Chan
Blind housebuyers left in the dark. Six claim MAB turning a deaf ear on their request to transfer ownership IN 1998, Leong Tak Keong and Wan Zainun Wan Mohamad — both blind — forked out RM25,000 each for two low-cost fl ats in Shah Alam.

Two cars damaged by falling debris
20/12/2007 The Star By Tan Karr Wei
THE residents of Flora Damansara Block F in Petaling Jaya were enjoying their slumber yesterday when they were rudely awakened by a loud crashing noise at 5am.

Love your neighbours
22/12/2007 The Star By JADE CHAN
THE Taman Mastiara Residents Association (RA) has proposed the implementation of a neighbourhood watch and alarm system.

Water woes come to an end
22/12/2007 The Star
THE Kinrara 3 Business Park in Puchong will be the first project with strata titles to be offered individual water meters in Selangor.

E-Tanah system lets many down
22/12/2007 The Star By CHRISTINA CHIN
PENANG: Since the electronic land administration system (e-Tanah) pilot project was implemented here in October, legal clerks and lawyers have been making a beeline to the State Land and Mineral Office before the crack of dawn.

Move to improve e-Tanah in Penang
23/12/2007 Sunday  Star
PENANG: The pioneer electronic land administration system (e-Tanah) in Penang, which has run into problems, will be improved, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

Land scams on the rise
23/12/2007 Sunday Star By JOSEPH LOH
KUALA LUMPUR: Landowners beware! Your property is at risk. There has been a rising number of land scams in recent years, especially in the Klang Valley. Worse, the scams are targeting higher-value land too.

At the mercy of land scams
23/12/2007 Sunday Star

With the growing number of land scams and increased value of property involved, serious measures, including protection By the law, are urgently needed to overcome the problem.  WHEN Taiwanese businessman Chen Wei Pin, 56, acquired a piece of land in the heart of Kuala Lumpur in 1990, he never expected to be a victim of land fraud. 

How fraudulent land transfers take place
23/12/2007 Sunday Star
PUTTING himself in the shoes of a fraudster, National House Buyers Association (HBA) honorary secretary-general Chang Kim Loong reckons there are many parties involved in fraudulent land transfers.

Indefeasibility means impossible to be defeated
23/12/2007 Sunday Star
THE term indefeasibility means that something is impossible to be ‘defeated’ or made void. Where fraud or forgery is involved in the transfer of land titles, legal systems around the world adopt either one of two principles – “immediate” or “deferred” indefeasibility.

Sarawak Mulls Longer Housing Warranty Period
25/12/2007 Bernama
KU/CHING, Dec 25 (Bernama) -- Sarawak is considering emulating Peninsular Malaysia in extending to  24 months the warranty period for developers to repair defects in new houses taken possession by buyers.

Rehda Says APM For Cement Will Further Burden House Buyers
26/12/2007 Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 (Bernama) -- Two organisations once again stated their objection to the implementation of an Automated Pricing Mechanism (APM) for cement scheduled for January 1 next year.

Peguam dipercayai seleweng wang pelanggan RM746,000 ditahan
27/12/2007 Utusan Malaysia Oleh Kamil Maslih
JOHOR BAHRU 26 Dis. – Polis menahan seorang peguam yang dipercayai melakukan pecah amanah wang RM746,000 milik tujuh pelanggannya terdiri daripada kakitangan kerajaan.

Transfer ownership or be fined
29/12/07 NST-PROP
Are you the sort who tends to procrastinate or take your own sweet time to do things? Well, if you are the owner of a stratified property, you had better change your ways, or else you could find yourself poorer by up to RM10,000!

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