We cannot use public funds to repair private properties, says KL mayor

Mahadi says the problems in PPR Seri Alam only manifested after the defect liability period expired.

IN ORDER to fund repair works of private units in PPR Sri Aman in Jinjang Utara, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) must find outside funding.

Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah said since the defect liability period (DLP) had ended, repairs to the water leakage problem that residents are facing are now the responsibility of DBKL.

However, the mayor reiterated that the local authority is only responsible for repairing the damaged units of tenants and not units that have already been sold.

“We cannot be using public funds to repair private residences.

“We have never done that before.”

The mayor said that since the DLP had ended, the developer of the PPR was no longer responsible for repairs.

Under the Housing Development Act 1966, residents must report any defects in their units within 24 months from the date they receive the key.

The defects in the PPR Sri Aman only manifested after the DLP expired.

“When we actually took over (the management) of the PPR, it was already quite late.

“When issues began to crop up, we started collecting data from our tenants who are living in the affected units.

“But repairs to the units that are already sold is something that we need to discuss with KPKT (Housing and Local Government Ministry) as we need funding for that.

“We have written to the ministry and are waiting for its response,” he said.

Mahadi said that DBKL was currently compiling data from Block A, which are tenanted units.

“We are trying our best to find the best solution to this issue,’’ he said.

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