Public housing residents owe DBKL RM33.1m in unpaid rent

Public housing residents owed Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) a total of RM33.1 million in rent arrears as of September 2016. — File pic
Public housing residents owed Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) a total of RM33.1 million in rent arrears as of September 2016. — File pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has RM33.1 million in rent arrears as of this September that public housing residents has failed to pay.

DBKL Corporate Planning Department director Khalid Zakaria said however that the total amount of rent arrears this year from the People’s Housing Programme (PPR) and Public Housing (PA) residents are less than the total RM108.7 million sum last December.

“A total of RM61.8 million has been successfully collected. After several drastic and follow-up actions by DBKL, the remaining arrears as of September is RM94.7 million, from this sum the amount successfully collected is RM61.6 million,” he was quoted saying by local daily Sinar Harian.

While noting that DBKL’s performance this year in collecting rents from the public housing schemes has improved by 29 per cent, Khalid said the city hall would boost efforts to collect outstanding rental.

Khalid reportedly said enforcement action will be taken on those who failed to pay accumulated rent of RM1,488 and above with DBKL’s lawyers to issue letters of demand.

He added that failure to pay off the owed rental according to a fixed schedule will result in residents being summoned to the DBKL Magistrate’s Court.

The residential units of those who fail to turn up in court will be seized and declared vacant, while those who fail to comply with the court’s orders will be issed an eviction order, he said.

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