PPR rent arrears amount to RM1.9 bil, 377 notices issued to residents

JUNE MOH

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Housing Department has issued 377 notices to residents under the People’s Housing Programme (PPR) for rent arrears.

The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said last year ‘Ops Sejahtera Komuniti’ was carried out in Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Kedah and Johor, which involved 3,370 units PPR.

Noh said the focus of operation was to curb tenants from subletting their units to third parties including foreigners as well as to collect rent arrears and prevent the misuse of premises.

“Although PPR’s monthly rental is RM124, many tenants fail to pay their rental resulting in arrears amounting to RM1.9 billion,” he told Dewan Rakyat today.

Noh (BN-Tanjung Karang) said 68 notices were issued by local authorities to tenants who sublet their units to third parties.

“The misuse of PPR included turning the unit into a homestay, as storeroom for business goods, as workers’ accommodation and others.

“The operation also aimed to obtain detailed input regarding the socio-economic level and PPR’s environmental conditions including safety, hygiene and the comfort of tenants,” he said.

When asked the causes of late rental payment by Datuk Rozman Isli (BN-Labuan), Noh said the tenants are poor, thus unable to pay the monthly rental.

“Some of them even think that the PPR units belong to them even though they are informed these units are rented to them,” he said.