house buyers want defects rectified
01/12/2009 The Star By THO XIN YI
A HOUSE buyer’s worst nightmare would be to find his dream home plagued
with defects. And for the Bandar Nusaputra Prescint 1 residents in Puchong,
it has been a disappointment from the time the house owners moved in 2006.
With sinking porches and backlanes, leaking roofs, clogged drains and
cracks, it was anything but a dream home.
Recently, the residents gathered for a meeting to air their grouses.
Not safe: A front porch that is sinking.
Pro tem committee chairman James Seow said the developer had only managed
to fix some of the problems such as the cracks but had asked the
homeowners to handle the rest as their warranty period had expired.
The residents are also concerned over security matters despite it being a
gated and guarded community.
Mohd Fadzil Hashim recounted his ordeal when four foreigners broke into
his house at about 3.15am and threatened Fadzil and his brother-in-law
with knives and tied them up before running away with cash and valuables.
“They probably jumped over the low perimeter fence. I thought this was a
safe neighbourhood what with it being gated and guarded,” said the
Cracking up: The residents are concerned about the condition of their
Although a spotlight had been installed at the said location, the
residents felt it was only appropriate for the developer and management
company to fix barbed wire and surveillance camera at the perimeter
fencing and beef up the security.
The residents were also upset with some of the houses being used for
They claimed that one of the houses had been converted into a bed and
breakfast hotel and some residents are unhappy with a kindergarten in the
About 60% of the residents had signed a petition to object against the
operation of the kindergarten.
The residents also questioned the monthly maintenance fees as they still
have problems like uncollected rubbish, clogged drains, faulty lights and
a dirty playground.
Several complaints: Seow (left) pointing at pictures of the defects taken
in some of the homes.
“We have almost 600 houses. The owners of the double-storey houses pay
RM80 each while the owners of semi-detached houses fork out RM120 a month,
but the service is still poor.
“However, when we told the developer and management company about the
meeting, they sent some workers to clean the area,” Seow said.
He said the residents just wanted things to be managed in an orderly and
legal manner and transparency practised in every aspect of the maintenance
of the property.
When contacted, the developer declined to comment while the Sepang
Municipal Council (MPSp) public relations officer Zelda Mohd Zamri
confirmed that the bed-and-breakfast hotel was illegal.
She added that the council had already sent a letter to the developer for
an engineering consultation report.
“However, we have yet to receive any response. We will follow up as soon
as possible,” she said.