Less Than 10% Of Property Owners Object To DBKL's New Assessment Rate

Last update: 16/12/2013KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- Less than 10 per cent of about 500,000 property owners in the federal capital have sent letters of objection on the new assessment rate to be enforced by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) on Jan 1 next year.

Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the number represented only about 40,000 property owners.

"We did not increase the rate to an amount that could burden the owners although the prevailing value of properties is higher based on the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171).

"DBKL is empowered to raise the rate every five years but we had probably overlooked the matter all this while," he told reporters after presenting letters of offer to 50 tenants at 10 people's housing project (PPR) and public housing project (PPA) areas here today.

On the protest against the assessment hike at Dataran DBKL here today, Tengku Adnan said it was a political propaganda by the opposition to twist the issue.

"We are doing all this for the sake of the property owners in line with the increasing value of the properties," he stressed.

DBKL has received 60,000 applications from city dwellers for the PPR and PPA; however, only 3,000 units are currently available.

Tengku Adnan said DBKL had already identified 5,000 tenants of PPR and PPA who had defaulted in their rental payment or rented out their units to other people.

"We will seize the units and give them to applicants in the waiting list. For those with arrears, please settle them. If they cannot afford to, we will assist them through our social corporate responsibility programme," he assured.