Well, what do you know? You just got a letter that your new house is ready to move in. But wait! Did you check that delivery of Vacant Possession (VP) notice first?
It’s essential to know that your developer has acquired the necessary procedures listed in your Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) before handing over the keys. Here are five things you should check if your developer has ticked off before you move in!
Property Delivery Time
Your dream home is now ready to be lived in though, was it delivered to you on time? The house might be completed but not always given at the promised date of delivery.
Stated in your SPA, would list the time where your property should be completed. You could also look at the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Regulations 1989, which states the time limit of 24 months for landed property and 36 months for strata-titled properties.
If the house wasn’t delivered on time, you could take action against them. There are, however, valid reasons at times for late delivery due to unforeseeable circumstances. Nevertheless, you could still claim compensation for the lateness.
Certificate of Completion and Compliance
When a home is completed, the Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC) will be duly issued by the local authority. This document verifies that said property is completed and safe for occupation. So, make sure to check if your house has it!
CCC ensures that your home is built according to the development plan and made with materials approved for construction.
Buying something new, it goes without saying that it should be without defects. Therefore, check your home for any flaws or cracks! As it is a place where you would be living in, you can even hire professionals to make sure everything is stable and safe.
In the case where there are defects, you should take a photograph and note it in the Defect Complaint Form to present to your developer. If the issue isn’t fixed within 30 days since the form submission, you can take legal actions to compel them to fix it.
Working Electricity and Water Supply
The next course of action is to make sure the wiring and plumbing of your house are effective. This is to avoid significant problems of leaky pipes and faulty switches, which could cause a safety hazard in the long run. Therefore, check as soon as you get the keys to your new home.
It will even save future costs by ensuring the electricity and water supplies are ready for connection.
Managing Your Property
Those whose new homes are strata properties, you would find yourself in need to know housing management. Your first management is done by the developer and later on by the people of the Annual General Meetings of your housing area.
They would fulfill a list of responsibilities that is under the Strata Management Act 2013 to maintain your property through the use of maintenance and sinking fund contributions from the residents. You will need to check if your developer is managing your property right.
In the case when they did not, you could file a complaint under the Strata Management Tribunal, which could charge them to a maximum of 3 years in prison or RM250,000 fine.