According to the memo, the presence of Africans has created “a lot of nuisance and problems to the community”, which in turn has driven down the property value of units there.
I can tell you that from the year 2001 to 2003, my company rented a 1-bedroom apartment at Sunway Ridzuan. The property value was already being driven down at that point although there were not a single African tenant. The value was falling not because of Africans but due to poor management. At that time, the changing room and sauna were not working properly and it was dirty. The gym was a total wreck and many of the equipment did not work. Lifts was slow and there was grafiti on the walls. So, this was 2003, 10 years ago. Why then blame Africans when it was Malaysians who tore the place apart. Due to the poor management, the properties started to attract mainly tenants who have a lower budget and many of them are from Africa.
The circular neglected to specify if this ban will apply along the lines of ethnicity or nationality, nor does it mention who would be the final arbiter should any party dispute the “African” label.
I wonder if the apartment management will say anything if the tenant is an African white as many Africans are white. What about other races or nationalities who create a nuisance? Will the management ban these people too?
I do not deny that many (not few) people from African countries have been involved in illegal activities. Similarly, many from a Persian country and China have also been arrested for trafficking drugs. Therefore owners should really be careful who they rent to. At the same time, colleges like Taylors, Sunway and Monash have been recruiting students from Africa to study here. There are genuine students as well as not so genuine ones. Some foreigners take advantage of the student visa to enter the country but never attended a single day of class. There are reports of girls from China who come here and become prostitutes. I think for the management of Sunway Ridzuan condo, prostitutes are OK but Africans not.
My suggestion to owners and landlords is still the same. Check the background of your tenant. If they are students especially, get a copy of their student visa and the passport - irrespective of where they are from. You can never be 100% right and in case things go wrong, you can lodge a report with the college as well as with the police.
To the management committee of Sunway Ridzuan Condo, banning Africans or Blacks do not solve your problem. Perhaps solving your own management issues will do it - Property website PropWall has reported that Ridzuan frequently suffers from petty crimes due to lax security, while its previous management had also been embroiled in a recent financial fraud case. - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/in-subang-condo-ban-against-african-tenants#sthash.SAzZREQe.dpuf