No escaping maintenance
15/04/2007 Sunday Times
KUALA LUMPUR: Settle your maintenance charges or risk having your assets
Owners and tenants of units in high-rise buildings such as condominiums,
office buildings and shopping centres were given this warning yesterday by
the secretary-general of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Datuk
Ahmad Fuad Ismail.
He said the Building and Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Act
2007, or Act 663, which was enforced yesterday provided for such action.
"Previously, developers were faced with the problem of buyers or tenants
refusing to pay the maintenance charges because there was no law which
specified action that could be taken," he said.
He said this in a working paper entitled "Implementation of the Building and
Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Act 2007 to Tackle the Problems
of Maintaining and Managing Buildings and Common properties."
The working paper was tabled at the Conference on Enhancing the Government
Delivery System and Services here yesterday.
The assets would be sealed if the Commissioner of Buildings (COB) appointed
by the state governments gave the permission after receiving an application
from the developer of a building, he said.
Meanwhile, director-general of the Peninsular Malaysia Town and Country
Planning Department, Datuk Mohd Fadzil Mohd Khir, proposed that approval for
applications for land development be shortened to four months.
"Priority should also be given to high-impact projects such as those
involving foreign investors," he said in his working paper entitled
"Enhancement of the Delivery System for Procedures and Processes as well as
the Implementation of One-Stop-Centre for Development Proposals".
He said applications for land development now took about a year to process.