I WOULD like to highlight a problem faced by house buyers with regards to developers avoiding their responsibility by hiding in the safety of an expired defect liability period (DPL).
I bought a two-storey terraced house in Bandar Setia Alam. The DPL expired in October 2014. Recently, the tiles on the ground floor broke loose and I had to hire a contractor at a cost of about RM10,000 to lay new tiles.
I brought this to the attention of the developer but all I got were explanations about the expired DPL.
I am deeply disappointed with the attitude of the developer. I tried reasoning with the developer’s staff, telling them that this problem was very unusual and they could not rely on the DPL to protect them.
I have also found out that other houses in the same development are suffering the same fate. This clearly points to poor workmanship for which the developer cannot deny responsibility even beyond the DPL.
I would also like to urge the Housing and Local Government Ministry to look at protecting house buyers beyond the DPL. Serious problems like mine or structural defects should remain the responsibility of developers beyond the DPL. This would ensure that developers deliver quality houses.
LAU KOK SING