Expedite Issuance of Strata Titles to Help Solve Maintenance Issues, Minister

Pavither 17 Apr 2018

The state government should liaise with relevant agencies to speed up the issuance of strata titles to property owners, said Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

This comes as the early issuance of strata titles, particularly those for state-built flats, could help solve maintenance issues even when the building does not have its occupational permit.

Wan Junaidi noted that the proposed mechanism would be useful in dealing with cases in which the developer had ceased to exist, reported The Star.

“Non-issuance of occupational permit can be due to non-compliance with approved plans, or buildings not meeting specification,” he said following his walkabout in Tabuan Hilir.

“When this happens, the local council could not come in to maintain the property, leaving residents to deal with the run down and unkept facilities.”

Tabuan Park, for instance, needed a fresh coat of paint as well as repairs on blocked drainage, piping and septic tank, but the local council could not help since no occupational permit had been issued for the building, said Wan Junaidi.

“We should not allow the problem to persist, especially considering that homeowners have been paying their loans.”

According to him, the amendment to the Strata Titles Act 1985 tabled by his ministry two years ago has helped “facilitate issuance of strata titles to over 300,000 cases involving commercial and residential properties in peninsular Malaysia.”

To solve this issue, the Federal Government had even allocated around RM12 million for planning, surveying work, consultation and other costs.

“I will check with the state if there is a mechanism to facilitate issuance of strata titles,” said Wan Junaidi.

“For Sarawak, such mechanism would inadvertently solve the non-issuance of occupational permit as well.”

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