Seri Kembangan homeowners still waiting for land titles

Some 80 residents of Taman Lestari Putra attending the townhall.

SOME residents of Taman Lestari Putra in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, have been waiting for 20 years to get the land title for their leasehold property.

They claim that the developer failed to convert the master title into individual ones.

Their inability to obtain an individual title will complicate future sales and purchase of their assets.

They are pleading to the relevant authorities to resolve their problem.

Speaking on behalf of the residents, Gopalan Balam, 50, said the scheme launched in 2003 comprises 8,000 double- storey and single-storey units.

The homes are located on 99-year leasehold land.

Gopalan: Residents are being asked to pay between RM4,000 and RM17,000 as land premium.Gopalan: Residents are being asked to pay between RM4,000 and RM17,000 as land premium.

The state government had appointed a liquidator after the developer failed to pay the land premium for about 60% of homes in the neighbourhood, he said.

Gopalan said they were given varying figures of between RM4,000 and RM17,000 in land premium owed.

“It is unfair to ask us to pay the amount,” he said during a townhall attended by some 80 homeowners.

In 2016, residents formed a committee and sent letters to the state government, Petaling Land and District Office, then Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo and Seri Serdang assemblyman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud.

Gopalan said during a meeting on Feb 14, the land office agreed to look into the issue but there have been no updates until today.

He added that a portion of the housing area was designated as bumiputra lots.

However, more than 50 houses on these lots were sold to non-bumiputra owners.

Gopalan added that checks with the Selangor Housing and Property Board (LPHS) found that the change in the lot type was not registered.

“LPHS said these homeowners are required to pay between RM25,000 and RM35,000 in penalties,” he said.

Resident Rozaimi Hassan, 50, hoped the authorities could help expedite the matter.

Another resident Mohamud Mohamad, 64, said many homeowners were retired.

“We don’t have an income to make the payments,” he said.

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