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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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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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