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Kembangan condo in spat over bid to evict stray cats from basement carpark area

A condo resident aggrieved by stray cats that scratched her car in the basement carpark took her case to STB, which ordered the condo MCST to evict the tabbies. In the first reported case in which stray cats…

Strata Titles Board rejects bid to replace condo’s awnings

In a split 2-1 decision, STB has rejected the bid by the owner of an upper-floor condominium unit to replace the fixed awnings covering the private space of ground floor units with retractable awnings. In past cases, the…

The other owners agreed to an en-bloc right after I moved in: Now what?

The three main issues of an en-bloc sale right after moving in: 1) SSD applies within the first three years; 2) The method of sale may not account for your latest renovations; 3) Financing issues in quickly finding…

Two councils in stand-off over running of one condo estate

A refusal by one MCST of a condominium development to hand over to another council after its term ended has led to the first reported case of two councils appearing to run one estate. The 22nd MC of…

Postponement of condo AGM ruled invalid

Pine Grove condominium appeared set to switch to a newly elected MCST after STB ruled that the previous council’s move to postpone an AGM was invalid. The board, in decision grounds released last week, said there is no…

High Court overturns Strata Titles Board findings that roof, skylight of house are not common property

The High Court has ruled in favour of the owner of a four-storey townhouse at The Balmoral, who argued that the MCST should take responsibility for water leakages in his unit as they originated from areas that are…

Condo must pay unit owners $85,000 after false ceiling collapses

A condominium’s MCST has been held liable for the false ceiling of a penthouse collapsing, owing to the weight of spalling concrete that accumulated on it, and was ordered to pay its owners $85,000 in damages, costs and…

Strata Titles Board rules in favour of Castle Green condo resident over sliding windows

STB has overruled a condominium MCST refusal to let an apartment owner install sliding windows, saying it found the decision to be “arguably unreasonable”. The board noted that Castle Green’s MCST had allowed the same sliding windows and…

Clear guidelines needed on awnings in condos

Another case of a condominium unit owner installing awning went before STB (Strata Titles Board states its stand on condo spat over awning, Aug 19). The root causes of such cases are the lack of clear guidelines on…

Build condo awning to guard against killer litter like window frames? Some love it, others hate it

A metal window frame and a baby bathtub were among the pieces of killer litter that have landed on her ground-floor patio at the D’Leedon condominium over the past two years, said a home owner. She told ST…

Strata Titles Board states its stand on condo spat over awning

A condominium unit owner who was unhappy that her neighbour had installed a fixed awning has failed to have it removed. It was “far too late in the day” to do so, because the MCST that runs the…

AGM approval not needed for condo awnings: Strata Titles Board

STB has taken issue with the MCST of D’Leedon after it initially refused to allow the owners of two ground-level units to install awnings at their private enclosed spaces despite issues with killer litter. The MCST, made up…

Strata Titles Boards to review mediation, arbitration processes

Disputes among condo owners over issues ranging from collective sale bids to water seepage could be more speedily resolved, with STB looking to improve its mediation processes. It said in its 2018 annual report released on Feb 1…

Bid to allow public access to minimart in condo fails

A minimart landlord’s request to let the public patronise its shop in a condominium was turned down by STB, which ruled that such access had to be approved by the condo residents and its MCST. STB ruled that…

22 owners’ bid to keep fixed awnings at EC rejected

Faced with the prospect of killer litter falling into the private enclosed space of their ground-floor units, 22 owners applied to STB for an order to allow fixed metal awnings to be erected. But STB turned down their…

Fines v fees: What your condo management can do if you break rules

Park properly in condos or you may get slapped with hefty wheel clamp release fees. But are MCs allowed to issue punitive fines? The answer is actually no. Under the BMSMA – the framework MCs use to administer…

MCSTs can turn to STB for help

We thank Mr Lee Yong Se for his letter (Empower condo managements to enforce by-laws; Dec 7). The Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act (BMSMA) provides a legislative framework which empowers the MCSTs to manage their own estates.…

Non-consenting owners of en bloc properties still have to pay stamp duty: Wong

Homeowners who opposed the collective sale of a private residential development are still required to pay SSD if the sale occurred within the holding period, said Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Tues. This comes…

How to resolve a dispute with your condo management/MCST

Recently, a pair of twin sisters were sentenced to a fine for causing hurt to a condo manager and a security guard during an argument over an access card. While not every condo resident resorts to violence over…

Roadblocks for en blocs

In Feb this year, the 160-unit, 999-year leasehold Brookvale Park was sold en bloc for $530 million. That would translate to gross proceeds of $2.5 million to $4.4 million for each owner. Owners of five units at Brookvale…

Brookvale Park en bloc bid latest to be headed to court

The collective sale of Brookvale Park in Sunset Way, issued a “stop” order by STB on Wed, is likely headed to court. This follows the failure of STB’s mediation on June 12 and July 24 to get seven…

Court gives go-ahead for Albracca en bloc sale

The Albracca condo at Meyer Road was granted a sale order by the High Court on Fri afternoon, following proceedings last month to decide on the fate of its collective sale. The 11-unit development was sold for S$69.1…

STB issues stop order for Cairnhill Mansions en bloc sale

A second collective sale attempt in a week has come up against a speed hump: the STB on Mon issued a stop order on the en bloc sale bid by Cairnhill Mansions, which could send this case to…

Goodluck Garden en bloc sale goes to court

The owners of Goodluck Garden condominium will soon head to court to settle the fate of its collective sale after STB issued a stop order on Wed afternoon. Objections by seven minority owners were not withdrawn following what…

Roxy-Pacific set to redevelop Kismis View en bloc site

Singapore-listed property developer Roxy-Pacific Holdings is poised to redevelop the Kismis View en bloc site after obtaining the necessary approvals, revealed an SGX filing on Mon. For instance, STB has granted the order for sale for the collective…

More spats between MCSTs and owners, collective sale cases

More cases were filed with the Strata Titles Boards (STB) last year than in each of the preceding two years, with nearly half of the overall total involving spats between MCSTs and unit owners or collective sale cases.…

Buildings can last 100 years easily with proper upkeep

I do not agree with Mr Kumar Pillay Thangavalu’s view (High maintenance costs likely behind bids to sell en bloc; Dec 23). Nearly 80 per cent of the buildings sold en bloc this year were 35 years old…

Revise rules on collective sales for young estates

I agree with Ms Koh Hui Hwa that we are unnecessarily destroying buildings which may still be useful when we sell them en bloc (Selling en bloc: Are residences not built to last?; Dec 20). With the recent…

Are condos prepared for a terror attack?

I am pleased that the Government and civil defence personnel are actively engaging residents in the heartland to prepare them for any form of terror attack. But I wonder if the same is being done at private condominium…

En bloc sales for dummies – what happens when a property goes en bloc

En bloc sales are all the rage right now, but do you understand what actually happens when your property goes up for it? Here are the steps involved.

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