Housing commissioner plan
29/11/2006 The Star By Mergawati
PUTRAJAYA: The rights of buyers of common properties like apartments and
condominiums prior to issuance of strata titles will be protected under a
proposed law that will provide for the appointment of a housing commissioner
at state level.
Buyers have long complained that in the interim period between vacant
possession and issuance of strata titles, some developers who were supposed
to manage the properties failed to provide maintenance.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said a Building and Common
Properties Bill would be tabled in Parliament next month to enable local
authorities to appoint a building commissioner.
“The commissioner is needed because when a project is completed and vacant
possession is given, many problems crop up in relation to building
“The commissioner will make sure the building is properly maintained between
vacant possession and issuance of strata titles,” he told reporters after
chairing the National Council on Local Government here yesterday.
Also present were Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka
Ting, Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek, Works Minister Datuk Seri S.
Samy Vellu and several mentris besar.
Elaborating on the matter later, Ong said that currently if buyers were not
happy with the developer or the developer was not carrying out maintenance
work, there was no specific law to seek remedy.
“The commissioner comes into the picture,” he said. “The person must have
something to do with the local council or can fit into the council area of
administration, so that he can enforce the common properties law.”
The council also endorsed the plan to replace the Certificate of Fitness for
Occupancy (CFO) with the Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) with
the tabling of amendments to five Acts as
well as a bylaw in Parliament next month.
The Deputy Prime Minister said the council agreed that the issuance of the
CCC would be streamlined in all states, in line with the Government’s move
to encourage self-regulation and self-certification of housing projects by
“The CCC will take some 18 months to be enforced after being approved and
consented to by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” he added.
He said the CFO would run parallel with the enforcement of the CCC until all
current housing projects were completed.
With the CCC, the architects and engineers of a project would look into the
technical aspects of the development of housing projects.
Currently, many government departments check the technical aspects of a
development project before deciding whether to certify it fit for occupancy.
Ong said the local council would still have a role to play to ensure checks
“The local councils can from time to time, when work is in progress, check
whether the developer is complying with the specifications, and if they see
any deviation from the technical specification they can still intervene and
tell the developer and professionals that things are not right,” he said.
“The councils can also stop them from issuing the CCC if any condition is