Buildings Commission proposed
for property management
The Star 23/8/2006
KUALA LUMPUR: Poor property management can be overcome with the setting up
of a Buildings Commission, according to property developers and owners.
Real Estate and Housing Developers Association president Ng Seing Liong said
a buildings commissioner adequately empowered would be able to quickly
dispose of disputes between developers and owners.
He said the authorities should also consider ways to expedite the issuance
of strata titles to enable owners to manage their properties sooner.
“In this way, transitional issues on the handing over and taking over of the
management and maintenance of the property from one entity to another can be
minimised,” he said after The Property Management Time Bomb forum at the
Securities Commission Convention Centre yesterday.
He urged that the management of low-cost flats be jointly carried out by the
Government owing to problems in establishing and operating a management
company in the property sub-sector.
Bunga Raya Management Corp secretary S. Venkateswaran said that developers
usually took charge of the management and maintenance of stratified
properties pending the issuance of strata titles and the setting up of
However, he said, many management corporations faced difficulties in
collecting maintenance fees from owners who might not pay because they did
not see benefits of the charges in terms of adding value to their
“A buildings commissioner can undertake supervisory, regulatory functions as
well as serve as an arbitrator by resolving disputes between developers,
management corporations, management agents and other service providers,”
House Buyers Associations honorary secretary-general Chang Kim Loong said
that strata titles complaints were the most common since the non-profitable
non-governmental organisation started compiling data in 2000.
He said strata titles complaints formed 29% of complaints last year followed
by management and maintenance (23%), late delivery (14%), certificate of
fitness (12%), abandoned projects (11%), shoddy workmanship (7%), and
Chang said many of the complaints could be addressed during the sale and
He said the agreement should be transparent and define clearly common
property, boundaries and limited common property.
“Developers have to declare the number of units intended to be retained or
unsold. The number of units retained by developers do have an impact on the
formation of management corporations,” he said.