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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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Singapore: Impractical to force condo owners to attend AGMs

It is correct that important issues are decided at the annual general meeting (AGM), where decisions made will impinge on the management and maintenance of the common property and, ultimately, the estate’s value.    Read more…….

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Love your neighbours, strata wise (Malaysia)

IF you walk into a property showroom today and decided to invest and make a purchase, it is very likely you will be buying yourself a ticket into an experience in “Strata Living”.    Read more……….

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Malaysia: Condo management agents may need to undergo training: BCA

Managing agents (MAs) for condominiums may soon be required to undergo training in a move to raise the bar in the industry, a senior Building and Construction Authority (BCA) official said on Thursday.     Read more……….

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Oceania Owners ‘Busting Our Ass’ On Turnaround (Bahamas)

A LEADING homeowner at Exuma’s controversy-torn Oceania Heights project yesterday expressed disappointment that just 27 per cent of property owners had to-date paid their 2014 maintenance fees, telling Tribune Business he and several others were “busting our ass to turn

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Condominium management chairman charged with CBT amounting to RM320,000 (Kuala Lampur)

A condominium management chairman claimed trial before a Sessions Court here to misappropriating more than RM320,000 in company funds.  Read more…….

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Bermuda: Boaz Island Village condo owners challenged over unpaid fees

Tenants of a condominium complex in Sandys who have failed to pay their condo fees have been told to cough up the money — or consider selling their homes    Read more………

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Homeowners ‘Freaked Out’ By Receiver’s Orchid Bay Takeover (Bahamas)

Bewildered homeowners at a major Abaco resort/marina development yesterday told Tribune Business they were “a bit freaked out” after a team from Grant Thornton (Bahamas), backed by police officers, took over the site and removed the long-standing property managers.  

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Ukraine: Members of homeowner associations and housing construction cooperatives asking to settle granting of benefits for house maintenance

Members of homeowner associations and housing construction cooperatives have asked the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to pass a draft cabinet resolution on the provision of benefits and subsidies to the associations and cooperatives to refund expenses on house and

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