Residents’ failure to pay up results in lack of maintenance funds

INSUFFICIENT funds has been cited as the reason why maintenance and repair works at Taman Sri Sentosa Fasa 1F low-cost housing in Jalan Kelang Lama, Kuala Lumpur, have not been carried out.

Unit owners’ failure to pay their monthly maintenance fees was the reason for a lack of funds, said AJC Property Surveyors Sdn Bhd which oversees management of the place.

AJC Property said, “The money collected from residents currently amounts to RM1,300 but the cost of maintenance is RM17,190 a month.

“There are 382 units and each has to pay RM45 per unit.

“The fees that we collect are used to support the cost of operating the management office, contractor services for cleaning, landscape maintenance, pest control, payment of utility bills and repairs,” it said in a statement.

The lack of funds has slowed down the management’s progress in carrying out scheduled cleaning services that cost approximately RM2,500 a month, while repair works for clogged drains and potholes, costing about RM10,000 or 60% of the monthly cost of maintenance, have been put on hold too.

“Movement restrictions have also prevented us from carrying out planned meetings with residents to do communal cleaning activities.

“Despite the lack of funds, we still carried out minor repairs at the residence, with plans to set up a management office at the location soonest possible,” the company said.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s Commissioner of Buildings approved a reduction in the monthly maintenance fees from RM50 to RM45 per unit at the flats, AJC Property said.

The company added that it would do its best for residents but needed the residents to pay their fees so that there would be money for maintenance works.

StarMetro, in a July 28 report, highlighted residents’ plight, as they asked for help to have the flats’ premises cleaned up.

They claimed that the area had not been maintained for more than a year.

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