JMB has the right to take actions against defaulters

By FARA AISYAH / Pic By TMR

The joint management body (JMB) of a strata property has the right to act against any maintenance fees defaulters, said the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (Rehda).

Rehda president Datuk Seri Fateh Iskandar Mohamed Mansor (picture) said enforcement must be carried out and JMB needs to take actions in dealing with the defaulters.

“Regulations must come into play. As you know, JMB has the rights to, for example, block the access cards and turn off the water supply after

specific period has passed when the owners do not pay their maintenance fees.

“After you have taken certain actions and if all else failed, then only you need to settle it in court,” Fateh Iskandar told reporters at the launch of Rehda Institute’s Strata Management Handbook in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

He said apart from managing and regulating, JMB also needs to educate the owners to participate in well-maintaining the property.

Fateh Iskandar added that JMB faces different challenges based on the type of property and its location.

He said the major issues faced by JMB for low-and middle-cost properties will be the maintenance fees collection and maintenance of the community space, especially the lifts for high-end properties.

The head of Rehda noted that more people will be residing in strata projects for a developing country like Malaysia where land is scarce, particularly cities including Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

“With increasing demographic growth and intra-state migration, you will see more people staying in strata living.

“We hope this book will give a clear guideline on how strata property management can be handled,” he added.

Rehda Institute chairman Datuk Jeffery Ng said the publication of the handbook is timely as more Malaysians adopt strata living in major urban cities of the country.

“Statistics from the National Property Information Centre’s report that as at the end of 2017, there are a total of 1.5 million residential strata units, housing some 20% of the population.

“It is, therefore, crucial that all parties involved in strata living, from developers, management body, owners to residents, are equipped and empowered with knowledge of strata living to ensure orderly, harmonious living, and proper maintenance and management that will enhance their living experience and the value of their investments,” Ng said.

The contents of the handbook incorporate input and knowledge from various parties including the Malaysian Institute of Architects, Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia, law firm Chur Associates, as well as feedback from Rehda members following the enforcement of the Strata Management Act 2013 (Act 757) on June 1, 2015.