Singapore: ‘Deserted ghost town’: Johor Country Garden condo residents concerned over unfinished projects amid China developer’s debt crisis

A bustling, futuristic metropolis with spacecraft-shaped towers draped in greenery is what the area around the Forest City residential project in Johor Bahru should look like today.  But it remains a mirage for Singaporean Chee Pei Lin, four years after moving into her two-bedroom apartment there that she paid RM700,000 (S$204,779) for in 2019.   Read […]

Singapore: Fault lines: A look at defect resolution in condos

CRACKS and leaks, rotting timber, foul smells, flooding in public areas – these are a few of the reported defects that have surfaced at private condos over the decades. With the allegations come accusations, which inevitably put developers, main contractors and homeowners at loggerheads.   Read the article………………………..

Australia/Singapore: Governing cities: Exploring the laws of multi-family dwellings

Multi-family dwellings are an inevitable part of cities around the world. With so many living in close proximity to one another, conflicts are unavoidable. It is therefore important to ensure that such conflicts are efficiently resolved, and multi-family dwellings are governed properly. In the context of Singapore, applying for a high-rise public housing flat is […]

Singapore: 6 unusual rules that have shaped how condos have been built

Property developers in Singapore have a solid reputation, but a common criticism is that our projects are all “cookie-cutter”.  There’s only one Interlace for every dozen other similar-looking projects. But there are reasons why developers build this way, just as there are reasons for some of the more awkward design choices.   Read the article………………………..

Parliament passes Bill to regulate electric vehicle charging in Singapore

He described the Bill as “a milestone in Singapore’s quest for a sustainable land transport system”.  It will give the Land Transport Authority powers to, among other things, regulate the entire cycle of EV chargers and impose a licensing regime on operators.  The new law will also lower the threshold required to pass a resolution […]

Singapore: Strata owners of Golden Mile Complex give nod to $700 mil bid

It looks like the majority of the strata owners of Golden Mile Complex have given their consent for the collective sale committee (CSC) to proceed with the sale of the property on Beach Road at $700 million. It was the price offered by joint bidders, Far East Organization and Perennial Holdings.   Read the entire article……………………………….

Residents of some Singapore condos feeling strain of surging electricity bills

Residents of some condominiums can expect to fork out more for the maintenance of common areas due to surging electricity bills.  The hardest-hit have been mid-sized private residential estates abandoned by electricity retailers and exposed to the volatile wholesale market, condominium managers and managing agent firms told The Straits Times.    Read the entire article……………………………….

Singapore: Are neighbourhood condos affected when an integrated-MRT condo comes to town?

A few months ago, we covered whether it is worth paying a premium for integrated or mixed-use condos, such as The Centris, North Park Residences and The Woodleigh Residences. These are 99-year leasehold condos, built above amenities like a shopping mall, MRT stations and bus interchanges and retail outlets (sometimes including a cinema).    Read the […]

Singapore: Security association slams tender by Hillview Heights condo managing agent over ‘race and age discrimination

A tender for security services at a Bukit Batok condominium, which asked for guards who speak Mandarin and are below the age of 60, was called out by the Security Association Singapore on Monday (Sept 6) for what it said was discrimination against non-Mandarin speakers and older workers.      Read the entire article……………………………….

Singapore: Condo AGM: 4 Reasons Why You Should Be More Involved

If you live in a condo, you will receive a yearly invitation from your condo management, otherwise known as Management Corporate Strata Title (MCST), to attend the annual general meeting (AGM).  Whilst most people tend to skip the AGM without giving it a second thought, it pays to be involved in the discussion because it […]

Everything You Need to Know About Buying an Executive Condo in Singapore

The executive condo (EC) is one of the most popular housing types in Singapore.  They are more ‘atas’ than HDB flats, and compared to private condominiums, ECs are more attractively priced and come with comparable facilities and design.  So, without making your brain explode, we’ll be explaining all there is to know about an EC.  […]

Singapore: Condo managing agent not enforcing rules on masks

The situation at my condominium is similar to the one described by Mr Michael Ng (Condo residents flouting mask-wearing rule near pool, May 18). Many residents are ignoring safe management measures and not masking up.  Read the entire article……………………………….

Singapore: Some condominiums going the extra mile to protect residents’ health

Some condominiums have taken additional steps to protect their residents, going beyond advisories laid out by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).  Under a BCA advisory dated May 15, management corporations were told to put in place measures to ensure their residents comply with tightened safe management measures from May 16, including closing outdoor barbecue […]

Singapore: 3.5 months’ jail for condo manager who pocketed close to S$20,000 in maintenance fees, sinking fund payments Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/35-months-jail-condo-manager-who-pocketed-close-s20000-maintenance-fees-sinking-fund

A condominium manager was tasked to collect maintenance fees and sinking funds from the residents of Harvest Mansions on Havelock Road, but pocketed close to S$20,000 over more than four years instead. Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/35-months-jail-condo-manager-who-pocketed-close-s20000-maintenance-fees-sinking-fund   Read the article……………………………..

Singapore: MOM urges condo owners to exercise restraint in activating penalty clauses during Covid-19 period

CONDO owners and management corporations (MCST) should exercise restraint in activating penalty clauses during the Covid-19 period, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and tripartite partners.  The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted managing agents’ (MA) and facility management companies’ (FMC) service delivery to MCSTs and building owners across Singapore, the MOM and its partners said in […]

5 crazy things that would happen if condo managements ruled Singapore

If you want to look at examples of who not to elect into government in Singapore, look no further than the people in some of our condo management councils. Part comedy, part horror and 100% drama, some management councils manage to turn a condo management into farce, with a huge does of politicking thrown in […]

Singapore: No exercising, dog walking within condominiums’ common areas

Exercising and dog walking are not permitted within the common areas of condominiums as part of measures to help curb the spread of Covid-19, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said on Tuesday (April 28).  Singapore is currently undergoing a “circuit breaker” period to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus. People are urged to stay home as […]

Singapore: Postponement of condo AGM ruled invalid

Pine Grove condominium appeared set to switch to a newly elected management council (MC) after the Strata Titles Board ruled that the previous council’s move to postpone an annual general meeting (AGM) was invalid.  The board, in decision grounds released last week, said there is no provision in the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act […]

Singapore: Serangoon Condo Resident Tests Positive For Covid-19, Use Of Indoor Facilities Suspended

On 26 Feb (Wednesday), the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 3 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Singapore.  Among them was apparently a resident at Chiltern Park, a condominium in Serangoon.  After the resident tested positive for Covid-19, the management has since stepped up disinfecting efforts in the common areas.    Read the article……………………..

Singapore: Condo managing committees responsible for fire safety equipment

The managing committees of condominiums are responsible for ensuring that fire safety equipment is functional, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Sun Xueling yesterday.  Simply hiring a third party to inspect the equipment does not absolve such committees from liabilities under the Fire Safety Act, she added. This means the Management Corporation Strata Title […]