Council seizes moveable assets for default on maintenance payment

Officers of the Commissioner of Building (left) serving a warrant to a unit owner. On the right is Khoo.

PENANG Island City Council has served warrants to seize moveable property at two condominium units in Batu Ferringhi for failure to settle maintenance fees.

The warrants were served through the Penang Commissioner of Building (COB) on the owners for arrears amounting to RM9,802.60 and RM12,347.87.

Buletin Mutiara, the state publisher, quoted Penang COB director Nik Ariff Long as saying that the warrants were issued in accordance with Section 35, Strata Management Act 2013 (Act 757).

He said the warrants, served at the request of the Joint Management Body (JMB) of Eden Fairview, were meant to recover the arrears from the two residential units apart from court action.

“This is an option by JMB to ask the houseowner to clear the outstanding maintenance fee.

“The firm action will send a clear message to houseowners not to disregard their responsibility under the law to pay the monthly maintenance fees.

“This is necessary to ensure that maintenance in a strata building can run smoothly, ” said Nik Ariff on Friday.

Also present were JMB Eden Fairview chairman Khoo Boo Yeang and JMB Eden Fairview lawyer Willie Ong.

Nik Ariff said the latest action taken was the fifth time since 2018.

He said one of the owners involved had promised to settle the arrears while the second unit was unoccupied.

Meanwhile, Ong said the first unit owner had arrears from December 2015 to January this year, while the second unit had arrears from April 2015 to January this year.

The owner can reclaim the moveable property if he or she can settle the arrears within 14 days, failing which the items would be auctioned off.

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