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Don’t charge house owners, says MCA

By JASTIN AHMAD TARMIZI
jastin@thestar.com.my  Saturday June 4, 2011

 

THE Selangor MCA Public Services and Complaints Department wants the Selangor state government and Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) to reconsider their plan to implement licensing fee for house owners who have converted or are planning to turn their houses into student hostels.

Under the licensing fee, house owners will have to pay a yearly permit fee to house students or tenants.

The fee ranges from RM200 for a 650 sq ft three-room house to RM350 for a 1,000sq ft house. Shoplots will be charged a fee ranging from RM350 for a one-storey lot to RM1,000 for a three-storey building.

“A property owner has the right to enjoy his or her property and not be deprived of it. Their right to rent out their property is protected.

“To collect licence fees from these house owners who rent out rooms to students is in violation of the Constitution,” said Selangor MCA Public Services and Complaints Department legal adviser Datuk Lim Choon Kin during a press conference.

Selangor MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Theng Book, who was also at the press conference, claimed that the state government was using the outdated Local Government Act 171, to implement the licensing fee.

“The Act states that residential properties can house one person per 350 cu ft. However this Act is already outdated.

“If this Act is enforced, a family of five cannot stay in a single-storey house as it is considered overcrowding,” Theng said.

Kelana Jaya parliamentary liaison officer Ong Chong Swen explained that if the licensing was implemented, house owners could face fines even if they were just letting their relatives live in their house and not renting to students.

“Some families have eight to 10 people staying in a house. If they enforce the Act, the council has the authority to fine them even though the people in the house are relatives.

“The house owners are already paying assessment fees and quit rent. Why do they need to pay this fee,” she said.

Selangor MCA Public Services and Complaints Department deputy head Kelvin Chong, who was also present at the press conference, said the department would send a memorandum to the MPSJ and the mentri besar to urge them to reconsider the move

 

 

 

 
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