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Malaysia: Developers shall not hand over liabilities to JMB

Property developers handing over their debts and liabilities mainly in the form of water and electricity arrears to joint management bodies (JMB) will evidently jeopardise proper maintenance by the JMBs, said the Malaysian Institute of Professional Property Managers (MIPPM).  In

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North Sydney residents and strata committee in stand-off over cranky 34-year-old lift

Residents say they fear for their lives every time they get into the cranky 34-year-old lift in their apartment building in North Sydney, and accuse their strata committee of “sheer bastardry” for refusing to replace it.  The lift rarely stops

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Australia: Airbnb hosts can be fined $550 for failing to notify strata of new guests under NSW law

A LITTLE-USED legal provision could be used to put the squeeze on owners who rent their units out on short-term rental sites like Airbnb.  Author and apartment living expert Jimmy Thomson, founder of the website Flat Chat, has called for

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Calls for Canberra body corporates and stratas to allow Airbnb complexes

“The body corporate have disallowed Airbnb in our complex, but there’s a distinction between leasing out an entire premises and just renting a room.”  Mr Miller said the body corporate now “tolerate” him using Airbnb at his apartment after a

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Macau: Commercial activity of condominium management

With a total area of 30.5 square kilometer, Macau is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Inevitably, the lack of space equates to squeezing more buildings into less land, and, as we take a quick look

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Malaysia: Four years on, Ridzuan Condominium attempts to ban ‘Africans’ again

After making the headlines four years ago for trying (and failing) to ban “Africans” from residing in their condominium, the management body of Ridzuan Condominium are at it again. On October 24, they put up a notice stating that with

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Malaysia: Ministry proposes for strata maintenance charges to be included in assessment

The Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government has proposed for strata housing maintenance charges to be included in the assessment collected by the Local Authorities (PBT) to overcome the problem of overdue payments.   Its minister Tan Sri Noh

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Philippines: Condo community brings fun and learning to kids

Taking advantage of children’s strong yearning for new knowledge and skills, Zinnia Towers in North EDSA, Quezon City recently held its own version of a play city to allow kids in the community to learn and have fun at the

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Singapore: What to look for when buying under-construction condos

Buying a property in Singapore is a major investment, and buying a building-under-development BUC properties heightens the risk. There’s no transaction history for you to check, and no way of knowing if the developer will fulfill the marketing hype. Still,

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Malaysia: Don’t take strata by-laws lightly, urges prop management firm head

Burgess Rawson Malaysia managing director Wong Kok Soo has urged owners and tenants of stratified development not to take the strata by-laws lightly as they may be breaking the law by doing so.   Read the article…………….

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Bangkok condo’s ‘helpful’ form for tenants bringing ‘ladyboys’ to their room

One Bangkok condo appears to be going the extra mile to protect their tenants by providing them with a form when they attempt to take a trans guest up to their room.  The form — and we’re not even gonna

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Philippines: 3 perish as fire strikes Tondo neighborhood, Binondo condo

Three individuals, including a three-year-old child perished when fire struck a residential area in Tondo, Manila Wednesday afternoon, and a residential building in Binondo yesterday morning.  Manila Fire Marshall Supt. Antonio Razal Jr., identified the Tondo fire casualties as Venus

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Malaysia: Ministry begins enforcing Strata Act with condo raids, seizure over unpaid maintenance fees

The government has started raiding and seizing household items from apartment and condominium units whose owners have not paid the maintenance fees.  The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry has this year conducted six such raids in the first-ever

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South Africa: Water blow for city

THE City of Tshwane must charge the homeowners association of the upmarket Blair Atholl golfing estate a special tariff for water supply as opposed to what it had been billing it for more than 10 years.  The estate, located 50km

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Malaysia: Condo residents sue building developer and architect for allegedly not following MBPP’s guidelines

A group of condominium residents in Jelutong here sued the developer and consultant architect of the building for allegedly not complying with the local council guidelines and failing to provide amenities.  Lawyer Jason Ong, who represented seven residents from Straits

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India: Hazards of Living In A Golf Community

We’ve all seen the images – the rolling greens, with golfers enjoying the day in the peacefulness of Mother Nature’s finest work. Perhaps you already live on the perimeter of a course in a prominent golf community or have had

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Jamaica: Law Coming for Gated Communities to be Controlled by REB/CSC

Legislation is in the works for the Real Estate Board/Commission of Strata Corporations (REB/CSC) to be given the responsibility for gated communities.  Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the REB/CSC, Sandra Watson Garrick, explained

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Singapore: Park West condo owners eye S$750m in third try at collective sale

OWNERS of condominium project Park West are hoping that third time’s the charm in their collective sale attempt, this time at an expected selling price of S$750 million.  They saw a strong start on Saturday when signatures from around 30

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Jamaica: Law coming for gated complexes to be controlled by Real Estate Board

LEGISLATION is in the works for the Real Estate Board/Commission of Strata Corporations (REB/CSC) to be given the responsibility for gated complexes.  Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently, CEO at the REB/CSC, Sandra Watson Garrick, explained that most gated

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Malaysia: DBKL says condo management can impose rule barring Airbnb

Although the government has declared that Airbnb is legal, apartment and condominium owners may only rent out their units on the popular app if their management’s bylaws permit it, says a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) official.  For some time

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Singapore: Condo management sparks row by telling residents they can’t smoke on their balconies

The management agent of the Meadows @ Peirce recently sent out a circular telling residents they should not smoke in their balconies and window areas, in addition to common areas where smoking is prohibited by the National Environment Agency (NEA).

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Jamaica: Strata corporations urged to file annual returns

Proprietors of strata corporations are being urged to file their annual returns with the Commission of Strata Corporations (CSC) in order to avoid delinquency.  Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, the CSC’s Inspectorate Manager, Ainsworth Norton, said that there

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Singapore: New laws could bring relief, but condo residents’ apathy a bigger problem

For years, horror tales abound in condominiums across the island: Illogical and draconian by-laws passed by high-handed management committees, and proxy wars waged by owners who try and garner hundreds of votes to push their agenda.  Which was why the

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Singapore: Rules for strata property management can be tweaked further

After three rounds of public consultation over five years, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has come up with a set of 57 proposed changes (Stricter controls on MCSTs proposed to beef up governance; Aug 2).  I had offered suggestions

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Macau: Legislature passes condo management bill

The Legislative Assembly (AL) finally passed a government-initiated bill regulating the management of the common areas of condominiums, slated to come into effect a year after its promulgation in the Official Gazette (BO), during a plenary session on Tuesday.  According

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Singapore: Can strata board charge lower fee?

Disputes are an inevitable occurrence over the course of strata living in Singapore (Condos, owners tussle over fixtures; June 13).  The dispute resolution mechanisms available to condominium residents, however, are decidedly inadequate.  Residents of HDB flats have the option to

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Ghana: Ministry to introduce Condominium Bill

The Ministry of Works And Housing says it is working on a Bill to regulate the buildings sector in Ghana, aimed at ensuring safety.  “>The Condominium Bill, according to Ms Freda Prempeh, Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, will regulate

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Singapore: Condo unit owner fails in bid to end ‘noise’ from pool pumps

For over two years, a condo unit owner tried to get his estate’s management corporation (MC) to resolve the noise from a swimming pool pump system, which his occupier had found “unbearable”.  The unit is located below the rooftop pool

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Singapore: Proposed strata rule changes to improve governance and transparency

SINGAPORE: Amendments to Singapore’s laws that govern the management and maintenance of strata properties were tabled in Parliament on Tuesday (Aug 1), in a move to improve the governance and transparency in the running of strata-titled developments, and provide greater

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South Africa: Big fight between Telkom and Vodacom could leave residents without fibre

Telkom has won what it calls a “landmark” court case against Vodacom regarding the use of its infrastructure.  The case was resolved in the Western Cape High Court on 26 July, following an urgent application brought against Vodacom by Telkom.

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Thailand: Phuket court dismisses public fraud charge against Ace Condo employee

The Phuket Provincial Court dismissed a charge of public fraud against Alisa Likitittiruks as the judge ruled that she was only a sales representative employed by the Ace Condo property developer The Nine Property (Patong) Co Ltd.    Read the

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South Africa: What buyers in homeowners’ associations must ask

IN typical homeowners’ association (HOA) run estates the various areas such as roads, the entrance and parks or green spaces within the development are split into categories: public open spaces or private open spaces, and these various areas often remain

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Jamaica: Revised assessments for strata properties now available

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has advised strata property owners that the revised property tax assessments for fiscal year 2017/18, announced by the Minister of Finance and the Public Service in his address to Parliament, have now been reconfigured on the

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Residents in tourism hot sports fear their homes could become party central with strata changes

RESIDENTS in tourism hot spots on the peninsula fear their unit complexes could become “party central” if laws around short-term letting are eased.  A NSW Senate options paper on short-term letting will be released in the coming weeks and will

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Strata building by-laws restricting short-stay letting, including Airbnb, declared ‘invalid’ by Fair Trading

All by-laws restricting Airbnb and other short-stay letting in residential-only apartment blocks are invalid, according to NSW Fair Trading.  Only weeks before the discussion paper on new holiday letting legislation is released, Fair Trading has modified its Strata Living handbook

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Singapore: Resolve amicably issues concerning pets

There have been several cases over the years where condo management corporations have tried to remove a pet, or institute rules which cause considerable stress and inconvenience to pet owners.  This usually happens as a result of complaints from residents.

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Singapore: Judge rejects condo’s ‘disproportionate’ bid to remove resident’s pet dog

A judge refused a condominium management corporation’s (MC) bid to remove a resident’s dog from the condo premises, warning against misuse through subjective interpretation of a condo by-law to force the move.  The management council of JC Residence in Joo

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Singapore: Managements, police warn of ‘condo-crashing’

Condominiums boast luxurious facilities meant for their residents and their guests. Some even have large swimming pools and washrooms rivalling that of five-star hotels.  But a new trend is worrying the managements of some condominiums here.  “Condo-crashing”, which entails members

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Flat Chat: Can a bylaw silence angry owners, banning them from contacting strata committees?

The irresistible force meets the immovable object – that’s how intractable internal conflicts in strata schemes are often characterised.  But a more accurate description might be the megaphone meets the earplugs, as some strata committees are trying to ban owners

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Singapore: Final public consultation on changes to laws governing strata properties

The amendments in the draft Bill aim to enhance governance and transparency over how strata-titled developments are run, as well as provide better clarity on some of the provisions, says the Building and Construction Authority.    Read the article…………..

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Thailand: Officials seek to curb problems associated with high-rise condos

A collaborative project has taken off in the hope of preventing Bangkok residents from developing Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).  SBS symptoms include headache, nausea, coughing, sneezing, rashes, stuffy nose and irritated eyes.  Read the article……………

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Singapore: Why it pays to be involved in your condo’s management council

A few months ago, there was a much publicised furore at executive condo One Canberra between the managing agent and their residents. How did things come to such a state? Why should you consider getting involved, or at least pay

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Singapore: SMU law don defamed 3 at condo’s AGM

A Singapore Management University law professor was ordered to pay $120,000 in total damages after defaming three people during an annual general meeting of the management corporation (MC) of Duchess Residences in the Bukit Timah area.  The trio who sued

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Singapore: Some condo laws prevail over data protection needs

When it comes to protecting your personal data, there is a limit to what owners can do if their personal information is available to the public and the management at their private estate chooses to display it.  This emerged after

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Strata law reforms open flood gates for savvy home owners

Owners of commercial and residential strata properties are preparing for a wave of sales under the December 2016 strata law reform legislation.   Under the scheme, with 75 per cent of owners agreeing, the building can be sold. For developers

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Singapore: Fuming over condo fixtures

A group of 22 home owners at another condo wanted the trellises in their balconies to be covered. For some, it was about preventing killer litter.  In both estates, their respective management corporations (MCs) said no.  When mediation talks failed

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What You Need to Know About the Significant Change to Strata Laws in NSW

Many health care providers own or lease business premises which are the subject of Strata title and currently more than a quarter of NSW’s population lives in, owns or manages Strata property.  Significant changes to Strata laws in NSW commenced

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Flat Chat: Bullies in strata committees, and how to shut them down

How do you stop a loud-mouthed bully from dominating a strata committee? You know the type; they assume their way is the only way and shout and scream like a spoilt child – or sneer sarcastically like a pantomime villain

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Myanmar: Delays Issuing Condominium Bylaws Hindering ‘Much Needed’ Foreign Investment”

Delays in formulat­ing bylaws for the new Condomini­um Law is stifling much needed foreign invest­ment in the property sec­tor, according to industry experts.  Despite the Condomin­ium Law being passed in January 2016 policy mak­ers have still yet to issue bylaws

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Strata Title Reform In WA Commended By Industry Bodies

The Western Australian state cabinet decision to move forward with the strata title reform process has been commended by the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA), Strata Community Association WA, Property Council of Australia, and the Urban Development Institute

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