Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Messing the Estate - Management 'Allowing' Ads

A poster on condosingapore's forum laments that his estate, which is currently undergoing enbloc, has become cluttered and badly maintained due to the increasing number of advertisements on the walls, along the corridors, on mailboxes, in the lifts, etc. When he asked the security guard, the guard said that the management council had given instructions to allow the advertisers to put them up.

This is not the first time it has happened, and chances are if you check the SC list, you'll find members of the MC in there, which would point to the main reason this is allowed - to make the estate look less appealing to owners, residents and tenants so that they are more likely to sign the CSA. Even if the enbloc is completed, advertisers should not be allowed to enter and place things up. More importantly, the management council has a duty to all owners. Through the council, the management corporation has a duty to "(a) to control, manage and administer the common property for the benefit of all the subsidiary proprietors constituting the management corporation" (Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act 29.1.a). I seriously doubt any SP would say that the ads are beneficial to them.

So what can you do?
  1. Obtain a copy of the by-laws for your estate from the managing agent (if it's not already on your notice boards in the estate). In it should have clauses on vandalism or inappropriate advertisements in the estates.
  2. Write to the management council pointing out that there are unknown peoples putting up ads and are therefore vandalising the property. If such notices are not removed, you can file a complaint to STB (using the form here) to lodge a report against the management council for failing to perform their function.
  3. I think the threat of this is sufficient for them to take down such ads and ensure the estate is clean. The guard can serve as witness (in a written statement) although I don't think that's even necessary since you're not attributing blame but merely pointing out that the MC is not performing their function in accordance with the by-law.
Relevant sections of the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act:
29 Duties and powers of management corporation in respect of property
32 By-laws for common property
101 General powers to make order to settle disputes

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