House Buyers Group Formed
If you want to know your legal rights before
buying a house, the newly-formed House Buyers Association is just what you need.
The association, formed last Saturday, does
not aim to become a champion of house buyers but to ensure that their rights
are protected and that the respective government agencies do their work.
Its pro-tem vice-chairman Kapt (r) Mohd Shah
Daud said the association was formed following a seminar by the Selangor & Federal
Territory Consumers' Association on Sept 25 which highlighted many problems
of property buyers.
He said they would submit an application to
register the association with the Registrar of Societies today.
He said the association would not only focus
on problems faced by landed property owners but also owners of shop lots and
strata properties such as apartment and condominiums.
He said the association was just like the
Housing Developers' Association but it would look after the interests of property
"Our objective is to impress upon government
agencies, including the Housing and Local Government Ministry and local councils,
that buyers' rights must come first," he said.
He said government agencies would be pressured
to ensure that when they approve a development project, they must follow the
progress until the last document is signed.
He said the association would ensure that
problems concerning house buyers would be solved quickly.
"We will also be monitoring and identifying
new development projects and send our representatives for the launching of these
projects to inform the buyers of their legal rights," he said.
Mohd Shah said the association aimed to make
the future house buyers aware of their rights before buying a property.
He has received many calls from buyers wanting
to become members of the association.
"As for the complaints, we advise them to
fax to us. Once we are registered, all complaints will be looked into," he said.
The association has two lawyers in charge
of its legal bureau.
It can be contacted at No. 31, Level 3, Jalan
Barat, Off Jalan Imbi, 55100, Kuala Lumpur.
The Housing and local Government Ministry
is not doing its job well in solving house buyers problems, the newly-formed
House Buyers Association alleged today.
"That is the reason for forming this association,"
said, pro-tem committee vice chairman Capt (rtd) Mohd Shah Daud, adding that
many house buyers had complained to the ministry directly and through its website.
"But not many problems have been solved. We
found out about this during a seminar on housing problems, organised by the
Selangor and Federal Territory Association last month."
Mohd. Shah said of late some of the problems
had been solved…"that too after being pressured by many quarters including consumer
"That is one of our objectives. We want to
apply pressure on the ministry and also act as watchdog so that problems concerning
house buyers will be solved quickly."
Among their other objectives, Mohd Shah said,
was to advise their members accordingly. " Not many of them know where to go
when they have a problem with their houses.
"Usually the Housing Ministry's job is done
after the buyers has taken vacant possession of the property.
"After that any complaints pertaining to the
property would come under the jurisdiction of the Land and Cooperatives Development
Ministry. But not many people know that."
He said the ministries had all the acts and
regulations to solve the problems but, more often that not, were slow in acting.
Among the common problems voiced by house
owners was the non-issuance of the certificate of fitness and the lack of electricity
and water supply.
There was also a case, said Mohd. Shah, where
the developer absconded with some RM2 million in down payments from potential
"When he was brought to court, he was let
off the hook. The house owners are still paying the bank loans but they have
no property to show.
"How can the ministry allow this to happen?
Someone has to do something and we feel the forming of this association is long
House buyers, he said were taking a high risk
by booking a house. "They do not know what the end product would be like or
if there will ever be an end product at all.
"Moving into their own houses should be a
happy occasion … not in anger and frustration and with defects to their properties."
Mohd Shah said they would be writing to the
Housing and Local Government Ministry to be allowed to sit in at a meeting on
Oct 21 where amendments to the existing Acts and regulations would be discussed.
The pro-tem chairman is Datuk Zainuddin Bachik,
secretary is Chang Kim Loong.
House owners with problems can contact the
association at No.31 , Level 3, Jalan Barat, Off Jalan Imbi 55100.