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Meeting to update residents on stalled housing project
01/08/2008 The Star By Lim Chia Ying
THE newly-formed house buyers pro tem committee of Precinct 11, Putrajaya, are calling for a house buyers meeting tomorrow to update all on the status of the stalled housing project. The meeting will be held at 2.30pm at
Petaling Jaya City Council meeting: RAs' private security measures to stand
01/08/2008 NST By Sheila Sri Priya
PETALING JAYA: Private security arrangements in housing estates in the city will be allowed as an additional security measure taken by the residents. However, PJ mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said that the state
Syabas turun padang
01/08/2008 HM Oleh Asmah Rusman
PETALING JAYA: Penghuni Kondominium Sri Manja Court, di sini lega apabila masalah bekalan air di kawasan berkenaan menemui jalan penyelesaian berikutan pertukaran penggunaan meter air pukal kepada meter air individu berkuat kuasa 1 September ini. Sehubungan itu, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) mengadakan program 'turun padang' bagi membuka kaunter pendaftaran kepada lebih 1,500 orang penghuni kondominium terbabit seawal jam 9 pagi, di sini.
Budget proposals to kickstart property
02/08/2008 The Star Comment By Angie Ng
HAVING taken tough measures to counter the rising cost scenario, property developers have stepped forward to suggest a series of measures that can help kickstart the industry and put the players on firmer ground.
No late charges for assessment payments
02/08/2008 NST
PETALING JAYA: Residents in Petaling Jaya have never been imposed with late or interest charges when they are late in making assessment payments. PJ Mayor Mohamd Roslan Sakiman said that has always been the city
Deejay's son drowns in pool at vacant building
02/08/2008 NST 
SEREMBAN: His friend had invited him to go for a swim at the beach, but Mohd Solihin Zakaria declined as it was getting late. The 24-year-old man found out later that Mohd Khalil Kamaruddin had drowned in a pool which had formed in the three-storey basement of an abandoned building at the site where he lived and worked as a supervisor.
Taking matters into their own hands
03/08/2008 New Straits Times By R. Anbustreets@nstp.com.my
KLANG: Owners and residents of Prima Bayu Apartments in Bayu Perdana here took charge and formed a joint management body to address problems on maintenance following the developer's failure to respond to the set up.
Adopt build first, then sell concept 
04/08/2008 NST By F.M.N.
I THANK Dr A. Soorian of Seremban for raising the issue of abandoned housing projects ("Buyers must be given protection" - NST, July 23). A friend of mine is caught in a situation where the bank is compelling her to pay the
Rising material costs put developers in limbo
04/08/2008 The Star By David Tan
THE escalating cost of building materials is raising concerns over the widening gap between the income levels and the selling price of properties as well as availability of affordable housing. ďA family with a combined monthly income
Three-year woes may soon be over
04/08/2008 NST By Azira Shaharuddin
SHAH ALAM: Hope is in sight for the residents of Alora Apartments in Taman Sri Muda, who have had to put up with deplorable living conditions for the past three years.
Projek terbengkalai diarah ganti pagar 
04/08/2008 BH Oleh Hussain Said
SEREMBAN: Pemilik tapak sebuah projek terbengkalai bersebelahan Dataran Seremban diarahkan supaya memeriksa dan menggantikan semula pagar yang rosak bagi memastikan kejadian seorang pemuda lemas di dalam takungan air itu tidak berulang. Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, berkata beliau dimaklumkan ada beberapa bahagian pagar dirosakkan orang ramai yang mengambil kesempatan menceroboh masuk ke kawasan tapak itu untuk memancing dan mandi.
Woes related to high-rise living
05/08/2008 The Star By Geetha Krishnan and Tan Karr Wei
THE high-rise pressure-cooker lifestyle is causing temperatures to rise among residents of apartments and condominium units, resulting in constant confrontation and conflicts between them and their joint management
Local councils prefer independent body to handle JMBs
05/08/2008 The Star
ALL mayors and local council presidents are de facto Commissioners of Buildings (CoB). Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman, however, feels that there should be an independent body to handle the formation

MB calls for proper fencing at projects 
05/08/2008 NST By Ramesh Pillai
SEREMBAN: Owners of abandoned building projects in the state have been urged to ensure all relevant safety measures, including proper fencing around the areas are in place to ensure there are no untoward incidents.

Developers to build fewer houses this year
05/08/2008 NST By Rupinder Singh
THE government is expecting a 20 to 30 per cent reduction in the number of low medium-cost houses built this year as developers struggle with higher development cost. Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government Datuk Hamzah Zainudin said the country's housing sector is showing signs of slowing down as material costs have gone up by almost 30 per cent.

Rumah janji siap 200 terbengkalai 
06/08/2008 BH Oleh Nor Aziah Othman
PORT DICKSON: Pembeli projek perumahan Taman Anggerik di Teluk Kemang, dekat sini kecewa dan berasa tertipu apabila rumah mereka yang dijanjikan siap dibina dalam tempoh tiga tahun selepas dibeli pada 2000, bukan saja gagal disiapkan, malah terus terbengkalai sehingga kini. Ia menyebabkan lebih 40 pembeli tertekan kerana terpaksa menjelaskan ansuran pinjaman sehingga mencecah RM700 sebulan dan pada masa sama ada yang menanggung beban membayar sewa rumah yang diduduki sekarang.

Apartment folks living in fear

07/08/2008 The Star By Salina Khalid
MOST people dream about having a house to call their own, and residents of Puncak Jaya Apartment in Desa Jaya, Kepong thought they were making their dream come true when they purchased their units there. But their dream

Special team to help folk living in apartments
08/08/2008 NST By Mohammad Shahid Dar
Cheers from the team providing 24-hour emergency service for residents of high-rise buildings.

Ministry unit revives 72 housing projects
11/08/2008 NST
SEREMBAN: Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB), a development unit under the Finance Ministry, has restored 72 abandoned housing projects nationwide since last month. Its chairman, Senator Datuk Azian Osman, said currently SPNB was involved in restoring 18 more abandoned projects comprising 3,882 units of houses.

SPNB baik pulih rumah terbengkalai
11/08/2008 BH Oleh Ahmad Naim Tahir
SEREMBAN: Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd (SPNB) sedang membaik pulih 18 projek perumahan terbengkalai mengandungi 3,882 unit kediaman di seluruh negara, susulan kejayaan menyiapkan 72 projek sama yang diambilalih daripada pemaju bermasalah sebelum ini. Pengerusinya, Senator Datuk Azian Osman, berkata setakat 15 Julai lalu, syarikat milik penuh Menteri Kewangan Diperbadankan itu membaik pulih 22,452 unit rumah terbengkalai daripada 72 projek berkenaan yang dikenal pasti oleh Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan.

Know your rights to avoid being cheated
12/08/2008 NST By Nuradzimmah Daim
AMPANG JAYA: Equip yourself with the necessary knowledge of the law to avoid falling victim to abandoned projects, urges Teratai state assemblyman Jenice Lee. "Most of the housebuyers are not wealthy. When they buy a

Condo officials ignorant of their rights
12/08/2008 The Star By Lim Chia Ying
MANY officials of joint management bodies (JMBs) of high-rise apartments and condominiums have no idea about the provisions of the Building and Common Property (Management and Maintenance) Act 2007 and are often unclear

Syabas launches big operation against defaulters
13/08/2008 NST By Nuradzimmah Daim
KUALA LUMPUR: A mass operation is being conducted this month by Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) to track down people who have not been paying their water bills. Syabas corporate communications and public relations general manager Abdul Halem Mat Som said the areas involved in the operation are Petaling, Gombak, Hulu Langat and Kuala Lumpur.

Bill local councils for the service
15/08/2008 NST By Teoh Cheong Chai
ACCORDING to a newspaper report, the newly-formed National Waste Management Department will take over the duties of 103 local councils in the collection of garbage waste by January next year. At present, house owners pay assessment (which covers waste collection) to the local councils.

Chasing after billions
16/08/2008 NST By Neville Spykerman
KUALA SELANGOR: Billions of ringgit in house and property assessment fees remain uncollected in Selangor because the defaulters know no action will be taken against them. This alarming situation is among the findings of the state land task force which will present an interim report to the state government next week.

74,045 tunggakan tukar hak milik kekal selesai
16/08/2008 Utusan Malaysia Oleh SITI MARIAM MD. ZAIN
KUANTAN 15 Ogos - Sebanyak 74,045 tunggakan penukaran hak milik sementara kepada hak milik kekal berjaya diselesaikan sehingga akhir bulan lalu. Pengarah Tanah dan Galian negeri, Datuk Abdul Kadir Awang Bakar

Mak: Condo owners must know their rights

18/08/2008 The Star By Tan Karr Wei
RESIDENTS of apartments and condominium units should take a pro-active role in running their Joint Management Bodies (JMB). According to Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) councillor Mak Khuin Weng, it is important for unit

Bandar buruk Salak Tinggi
19/08/2008 Utusan Malaysia Oleh SITI KHAIRULNISAH MOHAMMED BAJURI
SALAK TINGGI 18 Ogos - Masalah vandalisme dan premis kosong sering berlaku di mana-mana di kawasan perumahan mahupun di premis perniagaan. Menurut Kamus Dewan edisi keempat, vandalisme bermaksud

Kerajaan prihatin isu rumah terbengkalai
20/08/2008 BH
SEREMBAN: Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan meminta pembeli projek perumahan terbengkalai di negeri ini mengikis tanggapan serong kerajaan negeri tidak memberi perhatian kepada masalah mereka.

MPKj, IWK and developer agree to resolve problem
22/08/2008 The Star By CHARLES FERNANDEZ
RESIDENTS of Sentosa flats in Sungai Jelok, who have had to put up with a sewerage problem for the past four years, can finally heave a sigh of relief. The Commissioner of Buildings (CoB) unit of the Kajang Municipal Council

Pemaju diarah guna tangki air, paip kalis karat
25/08/2008 Utusan Malaysia
SHAH ALAM 24 Ogos - Kerajaan negeri Selangor akan mengarahkan semua pemaju perumahan yang sedang atau telah merancang pembinaan projek kediaman baru supaya memasang tangki air dan sistem paip dalaman

Rumah RMR Lanchang tidak ikut spesifikasi
26/08/2008 BH Oleh Veteran Umno
SEBAGAI bakal pemilik Rumah Mesra Rakyat (RMR) di Lanchang, Pahang, saya meminta pihak penguat kuasa supaya meninjau projek berkenaan yang dibina tidak mengikut spesifikasi yang ditetapkan Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB). Bantahan dibuat pemohon, namun pihak sub kontraktor tidak mengindahkannya sebaliknya terus menyiapkan pembinaan tanpa mengikut spesifikasi ditetapkan. Pemaju mengabaikan kehendak pelan dan spesifikasi.

Federal Territories Ministry Proposes Strata Titles Board And Guidelines
28/08/2008 Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 (Bernama) -- The Federal Territories Ministry has proposed a 'Strata Board' and guidelines for it as an alternative to resolving strata title ownership claims through the courts. Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan

Pertimbang kecuali cukai rumah terbengkalai
28/08/2008 BH
KERAJAAN negeri sedia mempertimbangkan memberi pengecualian kepada orang ramai yang dibebankan dengan pembayaran cukai tanah dan pintu sedangkan rumah yang dibeli mereka belum boleh diduduki akibat terbengkalai. Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, berkata tindakan ini adalah usaha kerajaan negeri meringankan beban pembeli yang terpaksa membayar sewa dan pinjaman bank.

Residents see red over piping works
28/08/2008 The Star By Stuart Michael
EVER since residents moved to Taman Tasik Indah off Jalan Ipoh four years ago, there have been many defects related to piping in their houses. They paid more than RM400,000 for the houses in 2004 and since then residents

Developer to pay for damages
29/08/2008 The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The developer of the Damansara 21 condominium project in Medan Damansara here will pay for the damages incurred by the two families who had to be evacuated when a retaining wall behind their homes

43,000 rumah terbengkalai akan disiapkan
29/08/2008 Utusan Malaysia
MUAR 28 Ogos - Kerajaan memberi jaminan akan membantu menyiapkan hampir 43,000 unit rumah yang terbengkalai di seluruh negara dengan menggantikan para pemaju yang gagal melaksanakan projek itu dengan

50% stamp duty waiver

30/08/2008 The Star
THE Government has proposed that the 50% stamp duty exemption be extended to loan agreements to further reduce the cost of buying medium-cost houses of up to RM250,000.

When rocks rained down on homes
30/08/2008 The Star By Stuart Michael
IT was a narrow escape and a terrifying experience for residents of about 50 houses at Bandar Alam Perdana in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, when their homes were hit by rocks the size of a football on Thursday evening.

 

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