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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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Family wins case to install grille in condo balcony for child’s safety (Singapore)

The Strata Titles Board has ruled in favour of a family who were twice refused permission to install a grille in the balcony of their 13th-level condominium unit after seeing their four-year-old daughter try to climb over it.    

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Strata laws would cover shared areas of Abu Dhabi buildings

Abu Dhabi’s new financial free zone is proposing the introduction of the emirate’s first strata property laws and owners associations.      Read more…….

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Associa Expands to Middle East and North Africa Region

Associa, the largest and most respected community management provider, announces its expansion into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with the opening of a regional office in Dubai, the vibrant business hub of the United Arab Emirates.   Read

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ID Theft a Rising Concern for Strata Managers (Australia)

A rise in ID theft throughout Australia’s major cities should be of major concern for strata managers, given the use of letterboxes by fraudsters to access the personal documents of unit block residents.      Read more……….

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Netherlands: Homeowner Association to be mandatory by 2017

From 2017 (at the latest), owners of a flat or apartment will be required to deposit money into the coffers of their Homeowners Association on a monthly basis.  With this Minister Stef Blok wants to combat degradation and force unwilling

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Women turn guards to retain control of condo security (India)

These women, along with security personnel who have been hired by the residents, man the gates to prevent the developer’s security guards from gaining entry to the complex. “Women have led the charge. We have not asked them to stand

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Sindh Condominium Bill: Citizens lose out once again as Sindh makes builders happy (Pakistan)

If you are living in an apartment or planning to buy one, you should know about the upcoming Sindh Condominium Bill, 2014, which mandates the maintenance of the building and its common areas through an authorised maintenance company.    Read

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Proposed law change could have negative impact on condo management (Thailand)

The Law Execution Department has proposed an amendment to the Condominium Act suggesting that the legal requirement of outstanding common area management (CAM) fee be settled with the condominium juristic person prior to a used condominium unit being transferred to

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Tribunal to ensure implementation of Strata Management Act (Malaysia)

A tribunal to manage the Strata Management Act 2013 (Act 757) needs to be formed to ensure the Act is run smoothly.  Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said this tribunal needs to be formed

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Bahamas Condo and Homeowners’ Association Fees Subject to VAT

Amid increasing enquiries the Ministry of Finance explained today that maintenance fees for condominium and homeowners’ associations will be subject to VAT if the annual billings exceed the mandatory registration threshold of $100,000.     Read more………

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Fraud or Incompetence? The Chemuyil Situation (Mexico)

This is the story of how over fifty people from the United States, Canada and Europe, who came to Quintana Roo with a dream to live in Mexico, have had to fight to save their homes because of a perfect

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Dept wants CAM fee removed from forced sales (Thailand)

The Legal Execution Department has proposed amending the Condominium Act so the outstanding common-area management fee for condominium sales does not apply to incidents where it initiates forced sales, said Jones Lang LaSalle (Thailand) managing director Suphin Mechuchep.    

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Jamaica: Power Of Sale Applications Rise Under Amended Strata Law

Real Estate Board and Strata Commission Sandra Watson is pointing to an uptick in applications for the forced sale of residential units since the start of the year, under the new powers granted to strata executives.      Read more………

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Gurgaon (India) pet lovers take on RWA over poop fine

Pet owners in Close North condominium in Gurgaon’s posh Nirvana Country have taken on the the residents’ welfare association (RWA) over “dog poop” fine, citing an Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) circular which prohibits housing societies from forming laws

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Guidelines for strata-landed housing developments fine-tuned (Singapore)

A new formula has been introduced in the revised guidelines governing strata-landed housing developments in Singapore, a move that will result in fewer strata-landed units.   Read more……..

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Rules are rules: Pets in flats (South Africa)

Pet ownership generally creates problems in sectional title schemes and HOA run estates as many will either have conduct rules which stipulate “no pets allowed” or “one or two pets, of a small nature” but what happens when an owner

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Costa Rica: Hundley condominium owners revolt, start new management firm

July 18th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Two West Michigan area real estate developers have established a new management firm to “restore the credibility and long term value” of the beachfront properties currently managed by DayStar Properties Management in Jaco, Costa Rica.  

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Singapore: Condo’s design may encourage mosquito breeding

More condominiums have unique water features, and some of these are turning into mosquito breeding areas, according to media reports.   Read more………

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Singapore: Condo design blamed for dengue cases

A design fault that allowed water to accumulate beneath paving stones is part of the reason for the high number of dengue cases reported at the Ferraria Park condominium, it was revealed yesterday.     Read more……..

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Bahamas: Bimini Bay Facing Homeowners Revolt

The Bimini Bay Resort is facing a homeowners revolt in the Supreme Court, with multiple purchasers voicing concerns over how their properties and multi-million dollar maintenance fee sums are being managed.      Read more……..

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Tampines condo residents band together to build footpath (Singapore)

It is said that a child is raised by a village, but in this case, a footpath was raised by a group of condominium dwellers.   Read more……..

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Condo dues not subject to tax – court (Philippines)

The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has ruled that condominium or association dues as well as other fees collected from unit owners are not subject to income tax and withholding tax.  The CTA issued this ruling in response to a

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Myanmar: Condo Law sent back to the drawing board

Weaknesses in the recently completed draft Condominium Law need to be addressed before it can be promulgated, according to officials from the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Department (DHSHD).   Read more…….

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Myanmar: Condominiums not covered by Condo Law

Nearly all of Yangon’s recently constructed “condominiums” may not quality as condominiums under the draft Condominium Law, according to Yangon City Development Committee engineering deputy director U Nay Win.    Read more……..

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Condominium developers tapped for gov’t socialized housing program (Philippines)

Condominium developers are being tapped to help in the government’s Urban Development and Housing Program by requiring them to allot at least five percent of their real estate for socialized housing.       Read more……..

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Singapore: Change legislation to prevent management corporations from abusing power

I hope there will be practical, proactive improvements to the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act to make management corporations accountable for the power given to them (“Subsidiary proprietors encouraged to attend AGMs in person”; May 12).     Read more……..

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(Singapore) Limits on spending can protect interest of condo owners

I refer to the Voices letters about the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act. The current Act has indeed provided adequate and clear guidelines for condominium owners in areas such as management disclosure about matters of finance, work orders, et

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Issues of governance, compliance and disclosure with condo management law (Singapore)

I find the current Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act inadequate in protecting the interests of subsidiary proprietors in areas of governance, compliance and disclosure, except for basic statutory compliances   Read more……..

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