Strata Title New Rules: Quit-Rent To Be Borne Solely By Unit Owners

26 Jul 2018

Individual owners of strata properties in the state are now solely responsible for paying quit rent since 1 June, according to Selangor’s Land and Mines Department in a report by The Star.

Previously, this land tax was divided and included in the maintenance fees paid by individual unit owners. But there have been many cases of unit owners failing to pay the quit-rent and the burden shifting to the joint management bodies (JMB) and management committees of stratified projects.

The new rule was announced by the Land and Mines Department, which had briefed about 200 JMBs, management committees and representatives from various property developers on Tuesday (24 July) in Shah Alam.

Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) Deputy Secretary Rosli Bakar revealed there are currently 560 residential strata properties in the city with a total of 87,000 units.

However, he noted that complaints involving strata buildings are increasing. In fact, MBSA’s Commissioner of Buildings received 482 complaints in 1H 2018, and this is already more than half of the 632 total complaints recorded for the whole of 2017.

These complaints involved poor cleanliness, expensive utility repairs, high maintenance cost and limited parking spaces, as well as weak strata management due to non-cooperation of management and unit owners.

MBSA Building Department Head Badrul Hisham Hussain, said city officials have done their best to provide solutions to these problems.

“We address complaints on cleanliness and small management issues, but we usually advise residents to forward other complaints to the Strata Management and Housing Tribunal,” he added.
Image sourced from The Star Online

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