Amendments proposed for better governing of condos in Singapore

For better management of the condominiums in Singapore, several amendments have been proposed in the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act (BMSMA). This is also being done to enhance the facilities which are being provided to the residents.

There are altogether 33 proposed amendments in the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act to govern condominiums in Singapore.
There are altogether 33 proposed amendments in the BMSMA to govern condominiums in Singapore. Photo courtesy: rosmannoorproperty.com

The Ministry of National Development and the Building Construction Authority (BCA) are inviting public feedback until February 21 regarding proposed amendments to the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act. There are altogether 33 proposed amendments in the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act to govern condominiums in Singapore.

Main amendments proposed

The main amendments which have been proposed for governing condos include- setting a cap on the number of proxies one can hold (either 2 per cent of the total  number of lots in the development or two subsidiary proprietors ( whichever  is higher), in any strata - titled development; granting powers to  the Management Corporation  Strata  Title   (MCST- managing body of a condominium) to decide on the payment of honorarium to council members, subject to a cap of SGD 250 per year per council member; prohibiting the treasurer of the managing council from concurrently holding  office as chairperson or secretary; obtaining consent from nominees before they can be nominated and  elected into the council and updating the definition of common property to include key building services and key structural elements

Amendment regarding managing agents

However, one of the proposed amendment regarding removal of mandatory annual review of appointments of managing agents can become a thorny issue between the managing agents and the residents.

According to the existing rules, the contract of a managing agent is reviewed at every annual general meeting and can also be terminated. An agent can be appointed by the Management Corporation Strata Title (MCST), the managing body of a condominium, for up to three years.

The proposal to end the mandatory annual review is based on the rationale that " It is redundant to review the appointment of managing agents every year if the managing agent has already been appointed by the MCST for three years", according to a BCA press release.

Though managing agents have welcomed the amendment but residents are not happy with this change.

However, the proposed change will be effective when the draft Bill is read in Parliament.

For more details on the proposed changes in the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act, readers can log on the website : www.bca.gov.sg

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Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.

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