In need of advice to deal with neighbour


I AM seeking advice from those who know what the Joint Management Corporation (JMC) of strata properties can do to alleviate our misery.

One of the residents in our strata property, a former army personnel, keeps more than 10 cats in his two-bedroom unit. According to the gas delivery man, there are also three kittens in the unit.

This neighbour has resorted to putting his personal belongings in boxes and storing them along the common corridor. The person occupying the unit opposite his has filed two complaints about this to the Commissioner Of Buildings and the Penang Island City Council.

He removed some of the boxes from the corridor after officers from the Fire and Rescue Department paid him a visit, but his cats remained.

We, the affected neighbours, contacted a local councillor to ask for advice on what could be done about the cats, but she wasn’t very helpful. She told us that the council only deals with the licensing of dogs and suggested that we contact the Veterinary Department.

An online complaint was also made to the city council, which referred us to the Health department. Here, we were told that the Health Department only deals with animals in public spaces and not in private areas.

It’s evident that we are being pushed from one department to another. In the meantime, we have to put up with the stench left by the cats, which irritates our eyes and throat.

The recalcitrant neighbour refuses to sign any correspondence addressed to him and is very aggressive. To those with knowledge on how to handle this problem, please help us.

RESIDENT OF STT , George Town

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