More properties abandoned in recent years

THERE are currently 178 abandoned houses, 464 vacant land and one abandoned factory under Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) jurisdiction.

A city council spokesperson said the problem had become more serious over the past few years. “Owners leave their homes uninhabited, causing undergrowth, trees and bushes to form, which make the surrounding area unsightly.

“This condition is a nuisance to the local community, and it invites animals such as snakes, rats and insects, which carry diseases, to breed, ” he said.

At the moment, MBPJ under its Health and Environment Services department issues cleaning order notices under the Eradication of Waste by-laws (Undang-Undang Kecil Mencegah Kekotoran) 1999 to the landowners to clean up their premises within seven days.

“If the owner does not adhere to the instructions, then the cleaning work will be carried out by the department and the cost is billed to the owner.

“This is to increase awareness on the need for owners to be more responsible for their property, and because many owners do not pay the cleaning cost, ” added the spokesperson.

In such cases, MBPJ will carry out enforcement under Section 74 of the Local Government Act 1976.

Under this section, any owner, occupier or tenant of a tenantable house, building or land who leaves the property and surrounding land in a filthy and derelict state is guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine of no more than RM1,000 or jail term not exceeding six months or both, and an additional fine of no more than RM100 for each day during which the offence is continued after the conviction.

As of August, MBPJ issued 615 notices to clean up abandoned premises to errant owners.

The city council also issued four compounds and four notices for houseowners to appear in court during the same period.

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