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Macau: Property owners to face penalties for outstanding condo fees

Property owners with outstanding balances on condominium fees will soon have to face their responsibilities, Secretary for Administration and Justice Sonia Chan said on Saturday.  According to Chan, this is the main issue on the table for the current revision

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Bahamas: Condo Owners Hit By Fraud, Says Court

The Court of Appeal has quashed two separate settlements after finding “that a fraud has been perpetrated on the unit owners” at a Freeport condominium complex.  Appeal Justice John Isaacs, in a May 16, 2017, verdict backed by his two

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Netherlands: More Dutch homeowners associations ban Airbnb rentals

An increasing number of homeowners associations have problems with Airbnb rentals, according to umbrella organization VvE Belang. A number of recent court rulings indicated that Airbnb rentals are not allowed without the permission of the homeowners association, and more and

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Singapore: Condo buyers need better protection

The report on issues faced by the home owners of Austville Residences executive condominium (Austville residents seeking compensation for alleged defects; May 1) is timely, and highlights the concerns of new condo buyers.  Buyers are often faced with the problem

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Malaysia: Dialogue session turns heated over condo woes

A DIALOGUE session at a condominium in Bandar Baru Air Itam in Penang, to resolve property maintenance issues turned ugly when some residents and representatives of the property management company locked horns instead.  Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh and Seri

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Villa owner wins a four year strata battle (NSW)

A COFFS Harbour Owners Corporation has been forced to meet its common property obligations, after a four year battle with one of the property owners over a technicality.  In 2013, Dr Anne Davis asked her Owners Corporation to repair the

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Why it pays to get involved with strata

When you invest in an apartment, it’s important that you are aware of the strata meetings that occur which dictate changes to the apartment complex. Getting involved in these meetings however can help increase the value of your investments.  Every

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Malaysia: Firm asks for time to refund condo residents

A property management company in Ampang, Hokawai and Associates, has pleaded for time after it was served with a writ of seizure and sale of its property by a court bailiff yesterday.  This follows the company’s failure to settle debts

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Jamaica: Strata Property Owners To Wait Longer For Revised Tax Rates

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has advised that it will need more time to reconfigure its system to calculate and post the new rates.  It had previously advised that the new rates would have been available by this month end.  The

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Philippines: Increase in QC real property taxes puzzles homeowners’ associations

Members of the Quezon City Homeowners Association have not anticipated the increase in real property taxes in Quezon City.  That is why the Supreme Court’s order to suspend the implementation of said increase is a big of relief for them.

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England: In Ongoing Crusade for Privacy, Residents of Glass Condos Sue Tate

Last year, residents of London’s glass-walled Neo Bankside condo complex adjacent to Tate Modern’s new Switch House wing complained that the museum’s visitors were violating their privacy. In addition to offering sweeping vistas of central London, the new Tate building’s

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NSW to regulate Airbnb but promises greater powers for strata bodies

The New South Wales government looks set to allow home owners to rent out spare rooms and entire homes using Airbnb and similar sites but has committed to giving strata corporations greater powers to deal with problems in apartment blocks.

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Jamaica: CSC Faced With Low Compliance, Hosts Forum To Inform Strata Managers Of Responsibilities

The Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) says compliance with requirements to pay annual fees and file annual returns remains low among strata corporations.  The CSC’s inspectorate manager, Ainsworth Norton, says compliance is below 30 per cent.  Norton says one of

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South Africa: Homeowners association wins lease battle against Tshwane

The city refused to consider renewing the association’s 10 year lease agreement to rehabilitate and develop the Waterkloof Ridge Nature Valley Park.  The homeowners association of the upmarket Waterkloof Boulevard Estate has obtained an urgent court order forcing the Tshwane

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This Myanmar condo law has done the opposite of what it intended

More than a year after its passage, a law designed to expedite foreign buying of condominiums in Myanmar has done the opposite, Bloomberg reported.  Luxury unit values in the country sank 22 percent between 2014 and 2016, while those for

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Hong Kong billionaire loses court case on condo common property: Other condos in the news

The chairman of Hong Kong-listed Brightoil Petroleum Holdings lost a court case involving the law on common property in Singapore on Tuesday (March 28).   Dr Sit Kwong Lam, whose net worth is listed at US$2.1 billion (S$2.9 billion) by

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Jamaica: Greater Equity for Strata Owners under New Property Tax Regime

Strata property owners will benefit significantly from the new property tax regime when it takes effect on April 1. A new methodology for property tax assessment will be applied to strata properties that will allow owners to pay tax for

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India: Upkeep funds row in Ridgewood as residents accuse RWA

GURUGRAM: Residents of upscale residential society Ridgewood Estate in DLF Phase 4 have filed a complaint against the RWA management committee with the district registrar of firms and societies alleging its executive members have siphoned off society maintenance funds  

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Singapore: Hot and bothered over condo’s cooling towers

In 1979, Madam Yap Choo Moi moved into the Leonie Towers condominium off Orchard Road.  Over the past four decades, the businesswoman has never installed air-conditioning in her home. Instead, she has relied on the condo’s central air-con system, which

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Micronesia: Court dismisses Anaks lawsuit

SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Robert Naraja has dismissed the lawsuit filed by Anaks Investors LLC or ANI owned by Allan Perez against the Anaks Ocean View Hill Saipan Homeowners Association.  Judge Naraja in his ruling stated that 1) ANI lacks

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Borneo: Sheda wants draft of proposed amendments to strata title law

The Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (Sheda) has asked the Land and Survey Department (LSD) to extend a draft of the proposed amendments to the Strata Title Ordinance.  This was to enable the association – a stakeholder –

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Thailand: Buyers of Centara Residence condo file lawsuit

Miss Thailand 2000 Panadda “Boom” Wongphudee is leading a group of 157 people so upset over five years of construction delays that they filed a complaint with the DSI against the Centara Grand Residence Pattaya.  The suit says that the

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Borneo: Owners, developers advised to apply for strata titles

LOCAL developers or property owners are advised to apply and register for strata titles to allow buyers to have ownership of units within buildings in hopes of spurring investments in the property market of the country.  The benefits of the

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Bahamas: Condo Complex Shut With Repairs On Hold

THE Coral Beach Condominiums in Freeeport remain closed due to hurricane damage and hundreds of winter residents have not been able to come to Grand Bahama this season.  Repairs at the 200-unit complex are on hold until Condominium Association President

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Malaysia: High expectations for new strata management tribunal

Strata law in this country began five decades ago as a small part of the National Land Code 1965 — Part Nine, Chapter 1, Sections 151 to 157, 161 to 163, 355–374 (subdivision of buildings and issuance of subsidiary titles).

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Singapore: 33 proposed amendments to Act governing condos

The stage is set for a showdown between managing agents and residents at strata-titled properties such as condominiums over a proposed legislative amendment.  The tweak would allow condo managing agents to do away with a mandatory annual review of their

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Singapore: Condos turn to by-laws as Govt mulls over rules on short-term home rentals

Unhappy with the sheer volume of tourists rotating through their condominium for short stays, the management committee of The Sail@Marina Bay decided to take things into their own hands, and last year passed a by-law to compel residents to present

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Singapore: No increase in complaints against strata management bodies

The BCA receives around 30 complaints per year regarding the services rendered by managing agents of MCSTs.  Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) typically receives 30 complaints or feedback per year regarding the services rendered by managing agents of Management

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Turks and Caicos Islands: Villas and Condos Avoiding Taxes

Owners of villas, condominiums and some private homes in Turks and Caicos Islands are making significant sums of money from renting their properties, but many of them are not paying accommodation taxes to Government.  The practice has been ongoing for

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Singapore: BCA launches final public consultation on rules for strata properties

After a review lasting close to five years, changes to the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act (BMSMA) — which will, among other things, tighten the use of proxies at annual general meetings of strata-titled properties to obtain management control

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Malaysia: MACC nabs condo management execs in RM1.5mil misappropriation case

KUALA LUMPUR: A former secretary and an accountant of a Joint Management Body (JMB) of a condominium here were on Tuesday detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on suspicion of misappropriating RM1.5mil.  The suspects, aged 53 and 27 years,

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Japan: 11 hospitalized after predawn fire erupts in Tokyo condo high-rise

A fire broke out in a 26-story condominium high-rise in Tokyo’s Toshima Ward early Tuesday morning and 11 people were sent to the hospital, including a woman who is unconscious and in critical condition.  According to the Tokyo Fire Department,

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Strata space development falls out of favour in Dubai

Commercial property developers in Dubai are no longer interested in building strata space because of its unpopularity among tenants, according to CBRE’s UAE head of research, Matthew Green.  Speaking at the media launch of the property adviser’s Dubai Annual Market

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Sri Lanka: CMA-UoM to set construction standards for condominium development

The Condominium Management Authority (CMA) joined hands with the University of Moratuwa (UoM) to conduct research work in setting construction standards in the development of condominiums in Sri Lanka. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed recently by UoM Vice

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Micronesia: Anaks homeowners ask court to dismiss Article 12 lawsuit

THE ANAKS Ocean View Hill Homeowners Association, through attorney Jennifer Dockter, has asked the CNMI Superior Court to dismiss the Article 12 lawsuit of Anaks Investors LLC owned by Allen Perez for failure to state a claim upon which relief

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New Zealand: Government reviews Unit Titles Act to tighten apartment rules

The Government has released a discussion document of reforms to better protect the growing number of apartment and townhouse dwellers.  Bodies corporate and property professionals have been calling for a review of the Unit Titles Act 2010 after striking difficulties

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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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