KUALA LUMPUR – In March this year, the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government's urban service division undersecretary Mohammad Ridzwan Abidin said residents should be aware that under the Strata Management Act 2013 (Act 757), in force since June 2015, managing bodies can resort to a host of penalties to impose on defaulters.
The penalties include imposing interest, publishing the names of defaulters on notice boards, deactivating access cards or devices and barring offenders from using common facilities like parking lots. Also, failure to pay up is a criminal offence, which can mean fines and jail time.
Act 757 unifies all previous laws governing the management and maintenance of common properties in stratified buildings. There are new measures in the Act to address the perennial problem of collecting maintenance fees faced by joint management bodies (JMBs) and management corporations (MCs). Residents who default on payment are one of the main sources of problems.
Recently, the ministry made another announcement Under Act 757, for shared parcels, maintenance fees are no longer calculated based on your own personal space.
Source: Malay Mail / Section: Supplement / Date 23 Sept 2016