Almost 2.7k Rumah Mesra Rakyat affordable homeowners failed to pay their housing loans

SPNB Perak director Tajul Safuan Abu Hasan said many Rumah Mesra Rakyat owners have failed to pay their house loans.

BATU GAJAH: Some 2,695 Rumah Mesra Rakyat affordable homeowners in Perak have failed to pay their loans that amounts to RM3.5mil.

Perak Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) director Tajul Safuan Abu Hasan said many of them have not been paying their loans for the past three years.

“Out of 2,695 house owners, only 30% of them are affected financially by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We also understand that most of them are rubber tappers and perhaps having difficulties in making the payments," he told reporters after presenting keys to 73 new homeowners at Metro Pengkalan here on Friday (Dec 25).

"The delay is affecting us and we are unable to build more for others, ” he said, adding that the monthly payment ranges between RM150 to RM300.

"We will be visiting the respective owners to educate them and find a solution," he said.

“Legal action will be our last resort and we hope we don't have to do it," he added.

Tajul Safuan said the affordable homes are built for those with household earnings below RM5,000 for this year.

“The cost for a house is RM75,000 and the state government is subsiding RM20,000 per house.

“Last year, only those with RM3,000 household income could apply for the house, which cost about RM65,000," he said.

"We were told that the price for next year will be the same (as this year's), ” he said

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