Unit owners not required to pay for extras

Owners of affordable housing under the state government will not be forced to purchase extra parking bays for cars or take up renovation packages by the developers.

State Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said affordable housing units come with a parking bay each.

“There are projects with additional parking spaces for sale but these developers have no right to force unit owners to purchase the extra space or take up their renovation offers.

“Let me be extremely clear on this, it has to be on a willing-buyer-willing-seller basis,” he told a press conference after flagging off a vintage car tour at the Esplanade yesterday.

He said he was told by Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng that a Chinese daily’s column which was posted on Facebook had attracted comments from some readers claiming that developers would force house owners to purchase extra parking spaces and renovation packages.

Jagdeep said the purpose of the state in offering affordable housing was for more people to be able to own their own home, not to add an extra burden or deter people from buying the unit.

“There’s no such thing as forcing the owner to buy extra parking or sign up for renovation work with the developers,” he said.

He added that his office had yet to receive any complaints from buyers on the matter but urged those who faced such problems to lodge their complaint with him.

Affordable housing units in Penang are priced from RM200,000 to RM400,000. - By The Star

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