So recently Putrajaya has announced a Residential Tenancy Act and seemed to have created quite a big hoo-hah among several parties. According to my last article, http://investcyberjaya.com/new-law-against-racist-landlords-soon/ the act was to sort out issues where landlord gets to choose the type of tenants they want.

FMT interviewed some landlords and this is what they have to say regarding the new law …

Quoting a property owner from Kerinchi, Nur Azizi Abdul Haji; setting some criteria when renting out property doesn’t necessarily make the landlord a racist. The criteria were set to make it convenient for both landlord and tenant.

According to Azizi, “Landlords have the right to choose who they want their tenants to be. After all, it’s their property. If there is any risk, it is the landlord who is responsible“.

Azizi also suggested that instead of creating rules to penalize landlords, the authority should also look into policies that protect landlords from delinquent tenants such as those who vanish without a trace.

“When landlords want to file a police report against tenants, no action is taken because it is only the right of the tenant. What about us?”

Foo, another landlord rents out her rooms to tenants and she prefers Chinese tenants because of cultural sensitivities.

“Say we only take Chinese as our tenants. If we suddenly offer rooms to Malay Muslims as well, there will be problems in terms of surroundings, hygiene and so on. We are not racist but there are certain things we need to take into account”.

Another landlord known as Siti Kariman owns an apartment in Sungai Besi and she has been renting out her apartment only to Malay Muslims for the last 7 years. She only open doors to Malay because she doesn’t want her other Malay Muslim tenants to feel uncomfortable in the presence of other race.

Azizi, Foo and Siti Kariman agrees that landlord reserves the final say when choosing their tenants.

As a property agent and a landlord myself, the feeling is mutual. Generally, landlords are property investors, right? So it is within their interest to protect their investment(s). And renting to the right tenant is important.

A Real Estate Agent/Negotiator’s duty to filter the tenants for the landlords. By filtering, I do mean performing due diligence on the tenant i.e. confirming their identity and conducting background searches. If it’s a student tenant, I usually call the school to confirm that the tenant is studying in the school. If it’s an employee of the company, a simple verification with the HR of the company will do the job.

It may sound like we are infringing the privacy of the tenants but it is necessary because here in Malaysia, Tenancy Database hasn’t existed yet. For now our only tenancy database are just words spread by fellow real estate agents/negotiators on the reputation of a certain tenant.

You can read about the Australian Tenancy Database here.

Source : https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/01/31/we-have-the-right-to-choose-our-tenants-say-landlords/

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