60 disputes lodged with housing tribunal in Sarawak last year

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Jan 22: Sixty cases of housing disputes were reported to the Sarawak Housing Buyers Claim Tribunal last year.

Its president, Datuk Maznah Dasmi, said most of the cases were from Kuching, followed by Sibu. But she did not elaborate.

“Kuching recorded the highest number, and most of the cases involved property defects and developers’ failure to complete the housing projects,” she said after attending a tribunal hearing here this morning.

The hearing today involved a delay in handing over a house by a developer to a buyer. The developer was ordered to pay RM16,832.20 in penalties to the buyer (the claimant) for the delay.

Construction of the RM665,000 double-storey semi-detached house started on Jan 20, 2015, and it was supposed to be completed on Jan 20, 2017. But the developer was 308 days behind schedule.

“The penalty imposed is at RM54.65 per day for 308 days,” she Maznah, who ordered that the penalty be settled within 45 days from today. — DayakDaily