KUALA PILAH: The Land Office here has seized 122 properties since 2021 after the owners failed to pay quit rent arrears, says Mohd Faizal Abdul Manap.
The Kuala Pilah district officer said failure to pay quit rent was an offence under Sections 100 and 130 of the National Land Code.
"We are serious when it comes to failure to pay your quit rent as the money is used for the development of the district and to make Negri Sembilan a competitive state.
"So, I would like to advise property owners to pay their arrears before Dec 31 or else stern action will be taken," he said in a statement.
Mohd Faizal said several initiatives have been taken since 2021 to make the defaulters pay up.
A task force was also set up to trace 28,057 defaulters.
"We issued them a final reminder to pay up or have their properties seized.
"A document known as Notis 6A was then issued to 567 owners who still failed to do so," he said.
He said apart from the 122 plots, the authorities have also started the process to seize 68 others.
Mohd Faizal said those who had their properties seized can, however, apply to the state government to have these back within a specified time frame.
Separately, he said the Kuala Pilah Land Office had collected RM3.76mil in quit rent as of May 31, 2023. This was almost 12% higher than the amount collected last year.
It also managed to collect RM121,000 in arrears, which was 14.7% higher than the previous corresponding period.
He also urged 8,682 owners who had arrears totalling some RM467,000 to pay up before Dec 31.
"I would also like to urge all property owners or their beneficiaries to update their personal details with us to make it easier to correspond with them.
"This is also important as from next year, we will not be sending out any more quit rent bills," he added.