Thursday, December 29, 2011
Kampung Warisan Refurbishment
When I bought a unit in Kampung Warisan, the maintenance fee was only RM0.26psf, which is one of the lowest in Kuala Lumpur for this standard of facility. Last year, the management corporation called for a meeting among others to discuss about increasing the maintenance fee to RM0.36psf. This seems fair considering inflation, higher wages and wear and tear of the huge compound. Many people who attended the meeting agreed with the proposal which was tabled as the last agenda. As the meeting dragged on, most people decided to leave early. By the time the meeting arrived at the agenda, the decision was to raise the fees to RM0.50psf instead of RM0.36. Many of us were stunned. I found it incredible. 1st of all, since I read the agenda to increase the fees to a fair amount, I decided I did not have to attend the meeting because I agree with it. Had I known it would be this high, I would make sure I'd attend to ask questions and if not satisfied, I'd like to vote the proposal down. Many owners felt the same way.
Kampung Warisan is almost 20 years old and many things are falling apart. It is also an extremely challenging environment, damp in some areas and heavily wooded in some. The meeting made the decision to raise the fees to RM0.50psf to pay for the refurbishments for a period of 3 years. Beyond that, we understand the fees would be reverted to the earlier proposed RM0.36psf.
It has been a year. And the refurbishments are underway, roads paved, lawns regrown and roof tiles replaced. I must say I am satisfied with the quality fo work. So now I feel I don't mind paying the extra fees or levy. For sure Kampung Warisan will look much more beautiful and the value will certainly increase.