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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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Japan: Residents upset over condominium overhaul

It is a common sight in Japan to see houses or condominiums undergoing a spruce up. Covered in tarpaulins and wrapped in a steel cage of scaffolding, this state of affairs can last from just a few weeks to several

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Malaysia: Resolving disputes of strata units

SINCE 1985, the strata regime in Malaysia has slowly entrenched itself into our daily lives, more significantly in urban areas such as Greater Kuala Lumpur, Penang island and Johor Baru.  From the previous strata concept that was applicable only to

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Malaysia: Rectifying a leak in strata living

IF you live in a high-rise building and have an inter-floor water leakage issue, you can rest assured that you are not alone. Inter-floor leakages are, without a doubt, one of the biggest problems faced by many dwellers of high-rise

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Malaysia: Condo panel head wins RM200,000 in slander suit

A former condominium management committee chairman was awarded RM200,000 after winning a defamation suit against a previous committee member who had defamed him in multiple e-mails two years ago.   Read the article……….

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Government (Japan) wants condo resident groups to play anti-disaster role

The government has asked municipalities across the country to involve associations of condominium residents in local disaster-prevention activities.  The request by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry reflects weakening relations within communities, especially in cities, as neighborhood associations do not

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Leakage – A strata living nightmare (Malaysia)

IF you live in a high rise building and have an inter-floor leakage issue, you can be rest assured that you are not alone. Inter-floor leakage is without a doubt one of the biggest problems faced by many dwellers of

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Smoking bans spread to balconies (Norway)

A new condominium project in the Oslo suburb of Bærum will ban smoking on balconies and in the garden terraces of those with units on the ground floor. Developers claim the smoke would otherwise bother neighbours.   Read the article………..

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Japan: Your home may be your castle, but not all of it is yours

When we were thinking about buying a condominium some years ago, we looked at older units and brand new ones, and one of our least favorite features was pebbled or fogged window glass, which was ubiquitous. Early on, when we

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Myanmar: Condo Law impasse could spur new draft

The draft law was first introduced to the Pyithu Hluttaw in November 2012. It was expected to be passed in 2013 but remains in limbo two years later, as ministers within the two houses of parliament have failed to reach

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Ethiopia: Condo Conundrum

One giant construction site is what Addis Ababa currently being likened to. And housing development projects, particularly in the outskirts of the city where new residential suburbs are sprawling attests to such construction boom.  When launched ten years ago, the

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Singapore: Strata Titles Board acts to clarify law in two condo spats

The Strata Titles Board has moved to further clarify the law in disputes involving unit owners and condo management in two recent test cases.   Earlier this month, the board overruled a move by the management of Watermark Robertson Quay, which

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Malaysia: Strata Management Act an eye-opener

ALTHOUGH the Strata Management Act (SMA) received its royal assent on Feb 5, 2013 and was gazetted on Feb 8, 2013, it was inordinately delayed because of the governing Strata Management (Maintenance & Management) Regulations and a host of other

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Strata Commission (Jamaica) Clamps Down On Delinquents With New Fine, Prosecutions

The Real Estate Board of Jamaica, home of the Commission of Strata Corporations, says that having spent two years educating strata companies on the filing of returns and other legal requirements – free of charge – delinquents can expect the

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Bahamas: Warring Condo Owners Suffer ‘Meritless’ Ruling

The “warring groups” at a Freeport condominium complex were yesterday sent back to the Court of Appeal, after the Privy Council dismissed as “meritless” a previous verdict that rendered key court Orders invalid.  The UK-based court, the highest in the

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Condo owners sue for $32m; defendants try to shift blame (Singapore)

Residents of The Seaview condominium, unhappy over what they say are numerous defects in their estate, have sued four parties involved in the development for $32 million.  But three defendants are pushing the blame down the line.    Read the

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Long-awaited strata law reforms pushed back another six months (Australia)

Strata law reforms in NSW are to be delayed, yet again, with changes now not due to come into force until July next year.  The plan to reform the state’s 50-year-old strata laws was first flagged in 2011 but a

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Valley court (Mexico) takes away Arizona woman’s condo

An Arizona woman is about to get kicked out of her condominium because of a legal nightmare in Rocky Point, Mexico.  Donna Peckenpaugh said that a Mexican judge has ruled that she no longer owns her property, and there’s not

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Peak body calls for ‘urgent’ building inspections (AU)

Hundreds of Australia’s apartment buildings may be at risk from the use of unsafe imported building materials.  Strata Community Australia (SCA) has urged owners’ corporations nationwide to carry out building inspections immediately as concerns rise over the possibility of widespread

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Singapore: Welcome to the condo of the future

What will the next generation of urban housing look like? Think ultra-connected, convenient and sustainable.  Lake Life, an executive condominium under development in Singapore, provides a glimpse into housing of the not-so-distant future.  From an electric car charging bay, free

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U.S. Real Estate Advisory ‘Right On Mark’ (Bahamas)

An American investor yesterday described his government’s real estate advisory on the Bahamas as “right on the mark”, adding; “People’s lives have been ruined.”    Read more……….

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HOAs can now block home sales (South Africa)

Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) all over South Africa – and those who own properties in gated estates – are breathing a sigh of relief in the wake of a decision just handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).  

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Governor assents to Sindh Condominium Act 2014 (Pakistan)

According to a notification issued here on Monday, the Act shall be enforced with immediate effect and shall extend to the whole of the province of Sindh except to the cantonment areas and the projects of National Security as declared

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Enforcement of Strata Management Act to be announced soon (Malaysia)

The enforcement of the Strata Management Act 2013 (Act 757), which replaces the Building and Common Property (Maintenance and Management) Act 2007, is to be announced soon.   Read more……..

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