Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT) Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar announced that provisions under the Strata Management Act 2013 will soon be reviewed to require housing developers to settle all liabilities before handing over the apartments to Joint Management Bodies (JMBs).
Noh said this is important since there is currently no provision under the Act that requires developers to hand over the apartments to a JMB with zero liability.
The minister said that he had received numerous complaints from JMBs of low- and medium-cost apartments, saying that they have to bear all liabilities, including water and electricity bills running into thousands of ringgit.
“The amendments will clearly define the responsibilities of housing developers and JMBs,” he said.
When passed, the amendments will authorise the ministry to take action against errant housing developers, including blacklisting them.
According to Noh, the ministry will first issue a directive to the housing developers to ensure that the developers hand over apartments to JMBs with zero liability.
On the problem of non-payment of maintenance bills, he said the Commissioner of Buildings (COB) had been ordered to issue notice demanding that unit owners pay up. Following this, they will have two weeks to settle the arrears before being dragged before the Consumer Claims Tribunal or face bankruptcy. – Bernama