Malaysia urgently needs a Tenancy Act (TA) which will offer protection to both landlords and tenants. A Tribunal should also be set up under the TA to settle disputes between both parties.
Tenants often complain about landlords that raise rents indiscriminately and impose unreasonable conditions. On the other hand landlords complain about bad tenants that do not pay rents and the difficulty of getting rid of them.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) has received countless complaints since 2008 via anonymous letters, telephone calls, letters of complaint and even read in our mainstream media, letters written by hapless flat and condominium owners, highlighting the tactics used by developers’ agents/contractors to force new owners to renovate their units at exorbitant charges.
The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) refers to the article “Far from being rotten” ( NST – Property, June 23), by Datuk Eddy Chen, the immediate past president of REHDA, on why there is no need to change the present Sell-then -Build (STB) system. His argument is that abandoned projects form only a small portion of the millions of housing units successfully built, as such there is not need to change to the Build-Then-Sell (BTS) system or its 10:90 variant.