SERI ISKANDAR: The maximum eligible household monthly income for applicants of People’s Housing Programme (PPR) houses will be raised from RM2,500 to RM3,000, says Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar.
“The eligibility of first-time housebuyers for PPR houses will be raised. It will also be easier for the ministry to conduct thorough checks on all applicants.
“This is because the maximum household income of RM3,000 will be well-coordinated with BR1M (1Malaysia People’s Aid), where the assistance would be given to households with the monthly income of the same amount.
“It can be said that when applicants are eligible for this BR1M quantum, they are also eligible to apply for a PPR house,” he said after launching the ground-breaking ceremony for 99 units of PPR houses here yesterday.
Noh added that the change in the income level of the PPR house applicants will also match the income ceiling for those applying for Syarikat Perumahan Negara Bhd houses under its 1Malaysia People Friendly Home programme, which is also RM3,000.
“This is all in line with the Government’s effort in increasing house ownership among the rakyat, especially those in the middle and low-income bracket,” he added.
In order to improve the vetting process of PPR applicants in the PPR Seri Iskandar project and other PPR projects to come, Noh said his ministry would adopt a three-tiered approach involving different government administrations to verify their eligibility.
“The state government must check if the applicants have owned a house previously. Next, we will conduct checks with the Inland Revenue Board to confirm their maximum household income.
“Once we have the complete list of these eligible applicants, we will display them at district offices and the Land and Mines offices,” he added.
Noh also announced that Perak is the first state that will see the Government’s rent-to-own concept being put into effect for the PPR houses here.