PPR residents to be evicted for not paying rent, subletting to others

PPR residents face eviction for breaking the law, and those who default on rental risk losing their units, warned the state.

Selangor Housing and Urban Living Committee chairman Haniza Talha said the state government was taking enforcement action against those owing thousands of ringgit.

PPR owners,who flout the law by subletting their units as well as those residing in untenanted units would be evicted, she added.

“We have already issued notices to the defaulters and those who are no longer eligible to live in PPR homes.

“We urge them to move out before we take enforcement action against them,” she said.

The defaulters from the three state-owned PPR flats in Kota Damansara, Kampung Baru Hicom, Shah Alam and Serendah were issued notices in February.

The next step, Haniza said was to cut off the electricity and water supply in stages.

Selangor government conducted the first phase of enforcement exercises on 10 units at PPR Kota Damansara and five units in PPR Hicom.

There are currently 47 units - 22 units in PPR Kota Damansara and 25 units in PPR Hicom identified for the second phase of enforcement action.

She also said that an employee of state-owned Perumahan dan Hartanah Selangor Sdn Bhd (PHSSB) was assaulted during the first phase.

“A tenant, who sublet his unit, attacked the staff. We have lodged a police report on the incident,” added Haniza.

She said it was important for rent defaulters and those who sublet their units to move out and make way for others on the waiting list.

There are 856 people waiting to be given homes at the three PPR flats.

“The highest defaulter owes RM25,250 in rent.

“Others are no longer eligible to live at the PPR as their household income has exceeded RM2,000,” she added.

Haniza also said that the state government was willing to meet defaulters to negotiate the debt amount and repayment method.

“We have been kind by giving them notices but please do not take it for granted,” she said at a press conference at the assembly.

Haniza also said an Abandoned Housing Project Recovery Committee (JKPPT) would be set up at local councils to protect the interests of house buyers.

The committee’s main task is to work with all relevant agencies for the recovery of abandoned projects.

“This decision was based on the track record of local councils which were successful in setting up such committees,” she added.

Haniza said the committee’s task would include providing solutions to developers, monitoring existing projects to ensure they are on schedule, and providing detailed reports to the state government.

There are currently 104 abandoned projects in Selangor.

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