Tribunal to ensure implementation of Strata Management Act

SHAH ALAM: A tribunal to manage the Strata Management Act 2013 (Act 757) needs to be formed to ensure the Act is run smoothly.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said this tribunal needs to be formed especially in Selangor, where 50% of the people lived in high-rise units.

"I have informed Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali that his state assembly needs to pass a resolution for the appointment of chairman, deputy chairman and tribunal officials who will be hand-picked by my ministry as stated in the Act," Abdul Rahman said after meeting Azmin here today.

The ministry has also agreed with Selangor's requests on appointing those who are living in the state to represent the tribunal.

"As long as the candidate is eligible and fulfils the criteria, then there should be no problem," Abdul Rahman said.

The Strata Management Act 2013 will come into force on Jan 1.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Azmin said Putrajaya and the state government need to cooperate to ensure the smooth sailing of the act.

"We welcome government initiatives to standardise the act. As a modern state, Selangor has a lot of high-rise buildings and we need the assistance of the federal government to ensure this act is implemented smoothly," Azmin said.

He added that this act will safeguard the interests of buyers, tenants and owners of the buildings.

The Strata Management Act will replace the Building and Joint Property (Management and Maintenance) 2007 (Act 663) and Strata Ownership Act 1985 (Act 318).