Common question by prospective house buyer of new housing projects at Klang / Shah Alam / Kuala Langat Selangor under malay reserved status.
What's the basic protection for house buyer of developer's project? The basic protection covers and includes all types of housing developer's projects under the purview of Housing Development Act 1966.
Before a housing development can start, the builders have to submit plans to the local authority and are subjected to the ruling under Housing Developer ( Control & Licensing ) Acts 1966. There are laws in place.
Under the HDA, architects and engineers are responsible for the building / houses while it is under construction. After all the houses in the new housing project are completed, these professional, that is the engineer or architect, will issue a certificate stating the building / houses are built according to the guidelines. There are industry professionals involved.
Until a vacant possession of the property is given ( supposedly to only happen after completion of construction according to the laws and guidelines ), the developers still maintain responsibility for the overall development. Developers are liable for the defects of the houses for a period of 24 months ( defect liability period ) after vacant possession is taken on a residential / landed property. There is warranty in place.
After vacant possession is given, monitoring of the houses against break-in and vandalism will be the responsibility of the house owner. Once the warranty period is over, the maintenance of the building / houses / property become the owner's responsibility.