Selangor Times, 15 July 2011 – State to impose maintenance fee guidelines

Selangor Times, 15 July 2011 – State to impose maintenance fee guidelines

(Petaling Jaya) Guidelines to regulate maintenance charges in high-rise buildings will be rolled out by the state within a month to protect residents from being fleeced.

"The guidelines are to prevent the joint Management Bodies (JMB) from overcharging residents," said state executive councillor Iskandar Samad.

Iskandar, whose portfolio includes Housing, said the guidelines will be out by Ramadan.

Speaking at the Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) Dream Home Awards 2011 on July 8, Iskandar said the state was checking on sanctions that could be imposed on management bodies that breach the guidelines.

"The maintenance charges will be determined by the type of apartments-low-, medium-, or high-cost - and by the number of facilities they contain," he said.

He maintained that the guidelines were necessary as there are large discrepancies in the maintenance fees for high-rise residences.

Fees for low-cost flats in the state range from RM15 to RM70.

During the event, Lee Wing Cheong from Casa Indah 1 received the Dream Home award and prize money of RM10,000 in the medium-high-cost apartment category on behalf of his JMB.

"We are happy to receive this award as the management has worked very hard to receive a 99% collection of maintenance fees from the residents," said Lee, whose apartment is located in Tropicana, Kota Damansara.

Receiving the jury’s special award for the medium-low-cost category and RM3,000 in prize money for the Sri Damansara 2 JMB was its adviser, Kong Chee Seng.

He said the achievement was a result of residents’ cooperation and the support of their building management company.

"We have managed to boost security in our building by requiring the use of access cards and providing night lighting at our open car park," Kong said.

Sri Ara apartments chairperson Shafrait Ezizi received RM10,000 and the Dream Home award on behalf of his JMB for the medium-low-cost category.

He said residents of his apartments were looking forward to participating in the competition for the award every year.

"This has been a good experience as it allows us to work together for the betterment of our own homes," he said.

Dream Home Awards 2011 head judge Abdul Halim Suhor said there were 33 shortlisted high-rise buildings that were judged by category, including building design, landscape, security, facilities, and implementation of green technology.

He proposed for next year’s award to include homes classified as conservation buildings.

The jury who decided on the award winners were from MBPJ’s Building Control Department.

Iskandar (left) presenting a mock cheque to Lee.