Non-compliant strata property owners may now be given a criminal penalty

In early July 2020, the Subang Jaya Municipality (Magistrate’s) Court convicted and fined a defaulting strata parcel owner, who had failed to comply with an award of the Strata Management Tribunal (SMT) ordering payment of outstanding charges and contribution to sinking fund within 30 days from the date of the award. The presiding Magistrate, Barath a/l Manian imposed a fine of RM5,500 on the defendant or in default, a one (1) month imprisonment. The case was prosecuted by officer Emyshimy Rizal Bin Nasaruddin.

Earlier in February and March 2020, a couple of defaulting strata owners or parcel owners were fined RM1,500 or in default five (5) days imprisonment, and another RM3,500 or in default three (3) days imprisonment, respectively by the same Municipal Court after pleading guilty to the same offence.

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