Useful information from Malaysia National House Buyers Association

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Buying property is a big decision. The amount of money involved is large.
There are a lot of pitfalls during the process. We need to be extra careful in every step.

Found this “Malaysia National House Buyers Association” website with some useful information:

1. Where to get help: FAQ and Forum Board, contact and advice centre.

2. Statistics:
This shows complaint statistics (available from 2000 – 2006).
We will be able to take a glimpse of what can go wrong in property buying, for examples:
(the list is not exhaustive…)

  • strata titles,
  • management & maintenance,
  • late delivery & LAD claims,
  • certificate of fitness,
  • abandoned projects, (look at abandoned projects)
  • shoddy workmanship & defects,
  • non-adherence to building plans,
  • infrastructure,
  • failure to recovery on awards/prosecution of awards – section 16AD,
  • compensation delays,
  • payments…

3. Buyer watch issues
We can find lots of issues/news on Malaysia’s property/housing.
Many are newspaper articles.

4. Buyers’ group list
We can find existing owners’ association/committee (in the form of Yahoo Groups, blogs, forums) of some housing projects. Useful if you are buying 2nd hand property and wish to find out info or existing problems of that housing estate/project. Useful also if you have problems related to your house and wish to join forces with others in the same housing estate/project.

5. Useful Links
These links are extremely useful. We can find links to many real estate industry participants here. Explore..

6. The Laws/Guidelines
Laws like:

  • Building and Common Property (maintenance and management) Act
  • Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act,
  • Strata Titles Act,
  • Street, Drainage and Building Act,

Court cases are also available here.

7. Experts’ views

About The Author


Coming from a humble little town named Tangkak in north Johor state of Malaysia, I am so lucky to have chances to learn and work both in Johor Bahru and Singapore - a conurbation with 6.49 million still fast growing population - since year 1996. Hope now I can have a chance to contribute back to the community by sharing what I see, what I know and what I learn in this wonderful place.


  • Winson

    Reply Reply August 2, 2010

    Dear Sir,

    I wish to know more about the apartment management law, recently my apartment just implement the security gate system, but due to the bad paying fees issue, some of the owner is not allow to drive in his car, will it be legally by apartment management?

    Best Regards

  • James Zhang

    Reply Reply February 20, 2012


    I would like to know more about law and regulation for property transaction, renta, etc.
    I am a foreigner, planning to buy a property in Malasia.
    who can provide guide to me?


  • Tan San Aen

    Reply Reply December 8, 2012

    Hi, my children bought a house directly from the developer but when the house was delivered to them, it was found that there were many fruit trees growing right to the side of the garden, including two coconut trees which may drop the fruit directly into the compound. These trees belong to another owner on an adjacent land. We asked the developer to chop down the trees, especially the dangerous coconut trees but they refused, saying they did not belong to them. What can we do now as buyer of of the house ? What right do we have ? Please help as we are at a lost what to do.

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