PPR rent defaulters to be evicted

PEOPLE’S Housing Project (PPR) unit residents in Selangor who have accumulated a large sum of unpaid rent may find themselves evicted, said Housing, Building Management and Urban Living committee chairman Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad.

He added that there was even one case where a tenant owed RM20,000 in rent.

“Most people do not pay, but we have given them eviction notices. It is difficult for us to change their attitude,” he said in relation to PPR Lembah Subang 1 where the rent was about RM125 a month.

He said there was a procedure before eviction notices are sent out.

Iskandar said the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had spent over RM50mil to manage PPR Lembah Subang 1 since 2002.

“From time to time MBPJ will do maintenance works which must be done consistently, and there is also refurbishments of lifts and water pumps,” he said, adding that it was wrong for people to claim that the facilities were not maintained.

Iskandar was answering to Hasbullah Mohd Ridzwan Hasbullah Mohd Ridzwan (PAS-Gombak Setia) who asked on the money spent on PPR Lembah Subang 1.

The Federal Government in 2009, he said, had provided RM20mil for repair works at the PPR which were used to repair lifts, refurbish empty units, install fencing among others.

He added that since 2012, the state government through MBPJ had repaired 17 lifts and 16 pumps including adding a new water pump at a cost of RM1.9mil each.

On water restructuring at low-cost flats in the state, Iskandar said a system was in place to assist the residents to settle their outstanding water bills.

He also said that under the state’s Budget 2017 allocation for elevator maintenance and beautification of flats had increased from RM25mil to RM55mil.

Iskandar explained that some funds would be used to upgrade water meters and the system to enable low-cost units to migrate from the bulk meter to individual meters.

Yeo Bee Yin (DAP-Damansara Utama) suggested that part of the allocation be used to settle the water debts incurred by the low-cost flat residents.

“There are debts amounting to hundreds of thousands. So, we can’t settle the whole bill. What we can do is facilitate negotiations between them and Syabas or TNB so that they can pay their outstanding bill by instalment,” said Yeo.

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