Baffled over eSPA

The man in the street thinks we now have a DIY SPA vide eSPA and there is no need for the services of lawyers in property purchases.

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Rising number of ‘sick’ housing projects adds to housing woes

With 580 sick projects against 2,552 launched projects, it also indicated that nearly 23% of house buyers’ fates were determined by those errant developers According to the government’s statistics, as of March 31, 2022, the number of “sick” private housing projects rose to 580, comprising 102,132 units, which affected a total of 51,000 house buyers compared to 365 sick projects comprising 48,826 units affecting a total of 26,145 buyers in March 31, 2020 (Table 1).

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Property Chat: Can developers compel buyers to waive LAD claims?

Some developers are ‘arm-twisting’ house buyers to sign away their rights to late delivery compensations, but are such waivers legitimate?  Ever so often, when developers fail to complete their projects on time, they devise ways and means to avoid paying compensation for late delivery or liquidated ascertained damages (LAD) to their house buyers.

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Water must be flowing and electricity running when handing over Vacant Possession: says Court of Law

The Delivery of Vacant Possession (VP) under Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (HDA 1966) has presented a perennial question to purchasers: Why are the purchasers being delivered purportedly completed housing property that could not be occupied due to not having an actual supply of running water and electricity?       Under the current act, which is to be read together with the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Regulations 1989 (HDR 1989), the developer is supposed to conduct the delivery of VP of the completed property to the purchasers with water and electricity supply ‘ready for connection’.

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Invoke Section 18A of the HDA to prosecute delinquent housing developers

Do we honestly need new laws to purportedly “offer more protection” for house buyers when the existing ones are adequate? Do we lack laws or the will to enforce them?  Would amending the Housing Development (Control &Licensing) Act, 1966 (Act 118) and their related Regulations honestly solve the problem of abandoned housing project? There is nothing wrong with the current laws.

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Property Chat: If I were the Housing Minister (Part 2)

Last week, I presented the National House Buyers Association (HBA)’s: ‘tick where applicable” checklist to our newly minted Minister of Housing & Local Government, YB Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican in my article published on Dec 11, 2021 entitled: ‘If I were the Housing Minister” I have since received positive feedback from my fellow volunteers, friends of HBA, industry players, stakeholders, civil servants, politicians from both sides of the divide and housing developers (of the decent and responsible variety).

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