Rental rates for council homes to be below market level, says FT Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: The rental rates for council home units in Kuala Lumpur will be below market rates, says the Federal Territories Ministry.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said this was part of the efforts to help city dwellers to save money to buy their own houses in the future and also to enable council homes to become a profitable asset for the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

"Council homes will give the opportunity to low-income city dwellers to live in a comfortable home measuring 800 sq feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

"The rent must be half or below the current market rate. If the market rate is now between RM1,500 and RM2,000, then they (council home tenants) will probably need to pay only RM700,” he told a press conference after the ground-breaking ceremony of the Bandar Tun Razak council home project in Cheras here.

Shahidan said that DBKL had also targeted to build 5,000 units of council homes this year, with four projects currently ongoing, namely the ones in Sungai Udang, Segambut; Bandar Tun Razak; Bandar Baru Sentul and Taman Desa Seputeh.

Two other projects in the pipeline are in Bandar Sri Permaisuri and Sungai Besi, he said.

The Bandar Tun Razak council home project is being implemented on DBKL-owned land at a cost of RM200mil and will have 702 units of houses, as well as a supermarket, wet market and a multi-purpose hall. - Bernama

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