IPOH: Four tenants are being harassed by a conman who sublet a house to them after they decided to pay the rent to the actual owner of the house.
The four had been unknowingly renting rooms at a double-storey house near here from the 59-year-old conman, who had been subletting the rooms without the real owner's consent.
One of the four tenants, Ng Hee Wu, 32, a nutrition executive from Kedah, said he had been staying in the house since November 2019.
He said he paid a deposit of RM960, and a monthly rental of RM480 to the conman, who had claimed he was the house owner.
The house he is renting has five rooms, of which four are rented out.
Speaking on behalf of the other three tenants, Ng said on March 12, the actual house owner showed up after the conman failed to pay three months rent.
Ng said the actual owner was shocked to find out that four people were staying in his house, and not the person he had rented the house to.
“The owner showed us all the legitimate documents and told us not to pay rent to the conman anymore, but to bank into his account instead.
“When we asked the man who had earlier rented the rooms to us, to return our deposits, he started to threaten us instead.
“He had come to the house and changed the padlock of the back gate and front door. He also removed the electrical fuse twice, ” he told reporters at a press conference organised by Perak MCA public service and complaints bureau chief Low Guo Nan.
Both Ng and the actual house owner had lodged separate police reports in regard to the matter.
They had also changed the padlocks and had to get Tenaga Nasional Berhad to reinstate the electricity supply.
Ng said after the police reports were lodged, the conman started sending them messages with a professional tone, stating that if they fail to pay their rent to him, action would be taken against them.
Low said the tenants also found other people on social media who had faced similar experiences with the same conman.
Several other police reports had been lodged against him previously as well.
“I would like to advise people renting houses or rooms to get a proper background check first.
“I have highlighted the matter to the police, and the case will be investigated, ” he added.