State govt to look into sub-letting of PPR units

Mohd Jafni (left) watering a tree sapling after launching the clean-up campaign at PPR Kempas Permai in Tampoi, Johor Baru.

JOHOR government is creating a profile of people’s housing project (PPR) tenants to address the sub-letting of units.

State housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor said data was being compiled from Johor Baru City Council (MBJB), Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) and Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG).

“It is being done by Johor Housing Development Corporation and involves 20 PPRs, including rumah sewa kerajaan (RSK).

“The study will take about four to five months to be completed.

“Only then can we identify whether sub-letting of units to a third party is taking place,” he said when met after the launch of a clean-up campaign at PPR Kempas Permai in Tampoi, Johor Baru.

Mohd Jafni said PPR were built to give individuals and families a chance to rent a home for two to five years until they were financially stable to move out.

On the issue of maintenance, Mohd Jafni said PPR and RSK received allocations from the Housing and Local Government Ministry.

“Our main concern are high-rise residential buildings or strata properties managed by a joint management body (JMB).

“One of the issues is the lack of repairs and improvements as JMBs can get only about 40% of fees owed to them for maintenance,” he said.Mohd Jafni added that there were 130 high-rise residential buildings managed by JMBs in MBJB, MBIP and MBPG.

“The state government will soon introduce a rent-to-own Rumah Mampu Biaya Johor (RMBJ) housing scheme where tenants will be able to own the property after renting it for 25 years.

“We are also planning to build 5,033 RMBJ units priced at below RM200,000 within the next two years and 21,000 within the next five years,” he said, adding that the state government would launch 80 rent-to-own RMBJ units soon.

Mohd Jafni said the ministry had allocated RM10mil for upgrading works at PPR Kempas Permai involving lift maintenance, among others.

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