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Kuala Lumpur: Condo security can use thumbprint scanners for entry checks

Devices which require a thumbprint of the owners or residents before entering a multi-storey building isn’t illegal under the Personal Data Protection Act 2010.  In a written reply in the Dewan Rakyat today, the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia said

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South Africa: Couple wins ‘David vs Goliath’ housing estate battle

Johannesburg – A young couple who took on a plush housing estate’s body corporate regarding its rules have emerged victorious in what they described as a David versus Goliath matter.  Sifiso Ntshangase and Vuyile Zikalala, of Greenstone Estate in Edenvale,

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Property tax hike eyed for owners of Japan’s upper-floor high-rise condos

The government and the ruling coalition are considering raising the property tax burden on owners of upper-floor units in high-rise condominium buildings, sources said Monday.  Although fixed property tax rates will be left intact, the tax calculation formula will be

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Malaysia: Brush up on strata knowledge to avoid court, property managers told

Property managers should familiarise themselves with real estate law, especially the Strata Management Act 2013 to avoid being hauled to court by aggrieved owners, a lawyer told a forum of professionals here today.  Datuk Pretam Singh said there are approximately

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Myanmar: Condominium by-laws delayed with govt targeting completion by year’s end

Expectations that the law, which was finally passed after considerable debate and delay, would usher in a spate of foreign purchases of Myanmar real estate have so far proved unfounded.  U Min Htein, director general of the Department of Urban

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South Africa: Man shot dead three neighbours before taking cops‚ guards hostage

A local newspaper‚ the Pretoria East Rekord‚ quoted residents of the complex as saying that an elderly neighbour confronted the culprit on Wednesday morning after he hurled a rock through the window of the woman’s car.  Gobey was called to

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Malaysia: Condo Conundrums

HAVING run a series of articles on the plight of condo dwellers, we end our series with advice from Chris Tan of Chur Associates.  Strata owners should be aware of their rights and responsibilities now more than ever, Tan stresses.

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Japan: Residents vote to rebuild entire defective condo complex in Yokohama

Residents in a scandal-hit condominium complex in Yokohama decided Monday to rebuild all four buildings, not just the one that is tilting because of defective pilings.  Construction will begin around next April and the new buildings are planned to be

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Uganda: The condo’s popularity comes of age

The condominium’s popularity in Kampala’s real estate and mortgage sector has bloomed of late, accounting for at least 60% of the total units mortgaged last year, real estate experts have said.  According to Judy Rugasira, the Knight Frank managing director,

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Malaysia: A place to resolve issues over your condo

Are you angry with a difficult neighbour in your apartment block who refuses to fix a leak that flows into your unit? Are you frustrated that your condominium’s management is being secretive about its accounts?  The good news is that

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Singapore: Dad wants grilles to keep kids safe, but management of condo says no

When he bought a $2 million double-storey penthouse at 19 Shelford condominium, off Adam Road, in February, he thought he had secured a good future for his two children because good schools are nearby.  Then, Mr Zou Xiang, 41, a

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India: Gurgaon condominium residents protest against erratic power supply

Residents of Unitech The Residences, a gated condominium in Sector 33, protested outside Unitech chairman’s office in Sector 45 on Saturday over erratic power supply. They demanded Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) electricity connections instead of supply through generators.

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Singapore: Boosting standards of condo management

Condominiums in Singapore are managed by a council of management whose members are elected into office by apartment owners (subsidiary proprietors) at annual general meetings.  As council members are volunteers, the vast majority of councils opt to appoint managing agents

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Nash Kray Party launches first online rating of housing management companies, homeowner associations in Kyiv (Ukraine)

The Nash Kray Party has launched a first social network in Ukraine for residents of multi-apartment buildings in Kyiv with an online rating option for housing management companies and homeowner associations.  “Why Facejek? We want to show each housing management

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Jamaica: Strata Corporations Take Note

The Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) will host a workshop seeking to address the chronic failure of the management of strata properties, also referred to as strata corporations, to file their annual returns.  The legislation requires strata corporations to file

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Singapore: Blocked drain caused condo glass panels to shatter

A blocked drain caused glass panels around a condominium’s fifth-floor swimming pool to shatter, sending broken glass and water cascading onto a carpark below, an investigation has found.  The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) found that overflowing water from the

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Thailand: Implications of Condo Act and Hotel Act for Phuket

It can be completely legal to operate a hotel in a condominium, but there are lots of laws, regulations and requirements to comply with and meet.  Recently, there has been controversy stirred up by announcements of enforcement of existing laws

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Thailand: Crackdown on condo owners confirmed (renting daily)

Condominium owners in Phuket caught renting out their units on a daily basis face fines and jail time if they do not register their properties as hotels.  Phuket Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat reaffirmed today a renewed crackdown on owners of

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Borneo: Study on strata titles

The Sabah government is looking into relevant laws regarding management corporation, issuance of strata and subsidiary titles as well as the complete development plan approval process, said Special Tasks Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang.   Read the article………….

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Sydney (Australia) storms: Beachfront homeowners deprived of adequate insurance cover

Coastal Residents Association secretary Pat Aiken lashed out at councils and the state government for preventing protective works such as sand-bagging and the building of sea walls, upping the risk of property destruction in wild weather.  Read the article………….    Read

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India: Dadar tower row intensifies as builder cuts water supply, bouncers ‘threaten’ residents

The war between the residents of the luxury 40-storey Springs Tower at Dadar (E) and developer Bombay Realty further escalated on Friday. Flat owners claimed water supply to the tower was cut since Friday morning by the building management.   Read

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The Balcony Did It? Why Asia’s Falling Deaths Raise Eyebrows

Those cases and frequent other incidents reignited decades-running discussion about suspicious cases of people, mostly male foreigners, dying in balcony-related circumstances.     Read the article…………….. With so many Britons murdered in Thailand, why does our Government not warn of the

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Jamaica: Failure of Strata Management Highlights Public Consultation

The failure of the management of strata properties or strata corporations as they are referred to in the law, highlighted a public forum and consultation held by the Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) to sensitise stakeholders on proposed amendments to

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Jamaica: Failure of Strata Management Highlights Public Consultation

The failure of the management of strata properties or strata corporations as they are referred to in the law, highlighted a public forum and consultation held by the Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) to sensitise stakeholders on proposed amendments to

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Singapore: Seaview condo defects: Residents hit snag

Residents of The Seaview condominium, who sued four parties involved in the development over numerous alleged defects, have hit a snag in their fight for $32 million in damages.  Three defendants – the developer, the architect and the main contractor

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Malaysia: 800 JB condo residents evacuate after Sumatra quake

Residents at a condominium in Taman Bukit Aliff, Tampoi here felt tremors lasting for about two hours after a 7.9 magnitude quake struck west Sumatra.  At least 800 residents of the two blocks of condominiums evacuated after the tremors were

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Hills strata manager charged with larceny over more than $200,000 (Australia)

Officers attached to The Hills Local Area Command allege that between June 22, 2010 and July 2, 2013, the 31-year-old man, transferred funds into personal bank accounts while working as a strata managing agent and trust accountant.  A total of

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A look Inside Trump’s global deals exposes trouble in many spots

But an examination of his operations abroad reveals that, while he has made many millions selling his name, he has chosen a number of inexperienced — even questionable — partners, sometimes infuriated buyers and associates and moved late into saturated

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Hills strata manager charged with larceny over more than $200,000 (Australia)

Officers attached to The Hills Local Area Command allege that between June 22, 2010 and July 2, 2013, the 31-year-old man, transferred funds into personal bank accounts while working as a strata managing agent and trust accountant.   Read the article…………..

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More on China’s directive to eliminate gated communities…

Apparently the wealthy elites are not pleased with the new directive issued by Chinese leadership to eliminate all gated communities. The Global Times has nice coverage:    Read the article…….

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China issues directive to end ‘weird architecture’ and gated communities

The directive also calls for an end to gated communities. . . .The same directive also says there are to be no more gated residential communities. Those already in place will be gradually opened to the public, with their roads

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Malaysia: New Development To The Strata Titles Act 1985

Prior to the coming into force of the Strata Titles (Amendment) Act 2013 (“STA 2013”) and the Strata Management Act 2013 (“SMA 2013”), the Strata Titles Act 1985 (“STA 1985”) and the Building and Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Act

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Condo dweller takes VAT issue to Supreme Court (Philippines)

A RESIDENT of a Makati City condominium on Monday asked the Supreme Court to void a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Memorandum Circular imposing the 12-percent value-added tax (VAT) on association dues charged by the condominium building administrators.    Read

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Myanmar: It’s been a long road for Myanmar’s hotly anticipated condo law

A Condominium Law that would grant the right to buy to foreigners (with caveats) was recently approved by the Union Parliament in January. The progress on its passing had been maddeningly slow in the last three years.  Read the article………..

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Thailand: Property Watch: Foreigners: beware of condo laws

Every year I learn a host of new rules and regulations which impact property investors in Thailand, sometimes positively but often detrimentally. This year I learned something new, which either by chance or good fortune, my clients over 13 plus

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Japan: Two hurt as fire starts halfway up Saitama high-rise condo tower, sparking panic

A fire broke out in a high-rise condo in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, on Monday night, causing panic among residents.  Read the article……….

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South Africa: Court blow for ratepayers in homeowners’ associations

Property owners who provide and pay for their own basic services are not entitled to pay lower rates than owners who receive these services from a municipality, according to recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal.  It said there

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South Africa: Durban tycoon loses case to gated estate

A property tycoon has lost his legal battle to overthrow what he says are “draconian” rules – involving speed limits and fines and access for domestic workers and contractors – at the Mount Edgecombe housing estate where he lives and

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Tilting-condo companies slapped with malpractice penalties (Japan)

Contractors of a tilting condominium in Yokohama were given business suspension orders and other administrative dispositions on Wednesday for malpractices at the site, the land ministry said.   Read the article……….

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Japan’s land ministry to punish three firms over tilted condo

The land ministry will punish Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co. and two other contractors for a condominium in Yokohama that was later found tilted in a piling work data manipulation scandal, informed sources said Wednesday.   Read the article…………

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Cambodia: The convoluted, unclear nature of strata titles

Cambodian laws towards land titles for foreign ownership have been largely untested amidst the current construction boom. After months of collaboration with the lawyers of Sok Siphana & Associates and National 6A Investment, the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning

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Myanmar: Speaker stalls on long-delayed and much-derided Condo Law

Time seems to be running out for the controversial condominium bill, which was again stalled in parliament on December 21. Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann intervened to postpone the debate after fresh attempts to amend it failed.    Read the

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Myanmar: Elusive condo law on hold again

Prospects for the passage of the elusive Condominium Law have receded still further as a debate aimed at reconciling differences in the draft bill between the two houses of parliament was postponed, with no new date fixed.  Read the article……….

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Japan: Prime contractor behind leaning building ordered pilings of insufficient length

The designer and prime contractor of a leaning condominium building in Yokohama ordered a subcontractor to use 14-meter piles to build the structure, knowing that a demolished building at the same site had used 18-meter piles, a document obtained by

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South Africa: Home owners to be charged additional levy for ombud service

Some homeowners have been told that they will soon be paying an additional levy which will go towards the Homeowners Association Ombud service. This levy will apparently depend on the value of a respective property.   Read the article………….

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Japan: 70% of residents at tilting condo complex want entire site rebuilt

Nearly 70 percent of condo owners in the Yokohama complex with a tilting building want the entire site rebuilt, according to a survey conducted by the management association.    Read the article………….

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The Strata Management Tribunal (Malaysia)

THE freedom of “no payment of service charges” will end with the establishment of the Strata Management Tribunal (SM Tribunal).  Any parcel owner or tenant who fails to pay service charges can be produced before the SM Tribunal with the

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Malaysia: Platform for strata woes

With more than three million Malaysians living in various stratified buildings, it is hoped that this tribunal will be an effective forum for the various stakeholders to settle their disputes.    Read the article………….

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Trump wants $75 million in firing by condo owners in luxury Panama development

Donald Trump wants as much as $75 million from hundreds of condo owners in Panama City’s Trump Ocean Club. The Republican presidential candidate is alleging that they wrongfully fired his company managing the luxury building that is the tallest in

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Construction scandal expands in Japan, shaking trust on architecture safety

A construction scandal triggered by a tilting condominium in Yokohama further widens, as more cases of data fabrication in construction involving the company Asahi Kasei Construction Materials were found across Japan, shaking residents’ trust on architecture safety.   Read the article…………..

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