SUNGAI PETANI, March 1 — The Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT) will review the People’s Housing Project (PPR) Transit Home policy to enable tenants to buy their units through a rent-to-own scheme.
Its minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said this was because several PPR units were left without proper maintenance and management as the tenants do not have a sense of belonging to the units, which they considered as only rented homes.
“I see the PPR houses, they (the tenants) occupy then abandon the units... as it is only a rental house, they hope the landlord (owner of the PPR project) will do the repairs, but how is the landlord to repair when the rent is not even paid,” he told reporters after visiting PPR Harmoni Transit Homes in Paya Nahu here today.
Also present was state Housing and Local Government, Water Resources and Water Supply and Energy Committee chairman Datuk Badrul Hisham Hashim
Noh said the government had agreed to allow tenants at the PPR Harmoni Transit Homes to buy the 590 units at RM35,000 each, through a rent-and own scheme, making it the first PPR to be sold to tenants through such a scheme.
At present, the tenants are paying a monthly rent of RM90.
However, Noh said the state government would be carrying out a survey in the PPR, which was built on land owned by the Kedah state government about 21 years ago by the ministry, to identify tenants who would qualify for the scheme.
He also announced an additional RM6 million allocation on top of the RM2.6 million allocation announced last May to carry out maintenance and beautification projects at the PPR flats here which is now facing problems such as damaged roofs, clogged drains, faded paints and sewage system woes. — Bernama