By Farah Wahida:

Home owners who neglect their houses will now be under the microscope as the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has created a committee that will penalise them. Headed by MBPJ councillor for Section 21 Jeyaseelan Anthony, the committee will enforce Section 74 of the Local Government Act 1976.

Under the act, any person who allows his property to become an eye sore or a danger to public safety and health is punishable by a fine not exceeding RM1,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than six months.

A fine of not more than RM100 per day will also be levied if the person commits the same offence again.

“We are going to enforce this existing law and will trace the owners through their assessment bills as well as do searches at the Land Office,” said Jeyaseelan, adding that the committee also plans to confiscate properties of untraceable owners and those who are not paying their dues.

Most of the houses were abandoned due to different reasons such as lack of funds for maintenance, legal entanglement, deceased or untraceable owners and abandoned property developments, he noted.

“Maintaining the upkeep of these properties is not MBPJ’s routine job. Yet we do it for the safety and health of the residents in the neighbourhood.”

“Snakes, lizards and mosquitoes are commonly found while drug addicts have been spotted at some of the abandoned projects and houses,” added Jeyaseelan.

Farah Wahida, Editor of PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email

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