Illegal structures may be torn down, MPKj warns strata property owners


By CY LEE

Illegal renovations at ground floor units of Apartment Kasawari, Seri Kembangan. — MPKj photo

Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) has reminded strata property owners that any structures the owners build within the common areas are illegal.

MPKj president Najmuddin Jemain said the council would not hesitate to take action against those who break the rules.

He cited Kasawari Apartment in Seri Kembangan, where over 40 units had been illegally renovated.

“Among the offences committed by the owners under the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 were putting up awnings for parking and fences in common areas, building garages and stores as well as extending their homes into common areas.

“The owners are required to ensure that any renovation and repairs do not inconvenience or pose a danger to others,” Najmuddin said during the council’s full board meeting.

He said owners were not allowed to carry out any renovation to their parcel without first obtaining approval from the management body, and when necessary, from the local authority.

“MPKj will look at the legal aspects as a whole and not just the Strata Management Act 2013 when dealing with owners who build illegal structures, as this is a matter of public interest.”The local council has issued compounds and notices to several owners at Kasawari Apartment.

It can also take further action by demolishing the illegal structures.

Najmuddin reminded joint management bodies and management corporations to be vigilant in ensuring owners abided by the rules.

“The management bodies must ensure that they not only maintain and manage the buildings but also properly enforce their by-laws and monitor the renovation or building of any structures.

“The local council can help to enforce the rules,” he added.

On another matter, Najmuddin said a fire at an illegal dumpsite near Bandar Sungai Long had almost been extinguished.

He urged all landowners to be vigilant and not allow their land to be used for illegal dumping as they would be liable for the clean-up costs.

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