OWNERS of stratified properties will now have to pay parcel rent directly to their respective district and land offices.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the billing for parcel rent, replacing quit rent, would be sent out to all parcel owners next month through their respective management corporations.
“Previously, it was paid by the respective management corporations of stratified properties.
“Since the bills will be sent out late, parcel owners are given until end of this year to pay up although the deadline is usually May 31 each year,” he told a press conference at Komtar on Friday.
Chow said the parcel rent came into effect since January this year.
He said the rates for parcel rent would be based on the size of each unit, while quit rent was based on the total plot of land which the building was built on.
“Parcel owners will need to update their addresses with the respective district and land offices when paying their parcel rent this year,” he said, adding that the parcel rent billing for next year will be sent to their addresses.
Citing an example, Chow said the total quit rent collected from a specific stratified property last year was RM28,268.
“The collection in parcel rent for the same property will be lesser at RM24,239, as it will not take into account common areas, unlike for quit rent,” he said.
State housing, town, country planning and local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo, who was also present, said the arrears for quit rent has amounted to RM65mil to date.
Parcel owners are advised to update their mailing addresses at the land and district office or online at etanah.penang.gov.my