BY EDWARD RAJENDRA
OWNERS of unoccupied properties in Selangor who find it difficult to lease their houses, shoplots, factories or warehouses are eligible for discounts in their assessment.
State executive councillor for Plantation Workers, Poverty and Caring Government V. Ganabathirau said although the discount was provided for by law, many owners of vacant properties were unaware of it.
He added that the application for the discount had to be made by the owners each time they received the assessment bill, which is twice a year.
The discount, he said, would differ from council to council depending on their respective assessment rates.
“Application for the discount must also show confirmation that it had been vacant for 30 days.“Owners of vacant properties will have to write in to the respective local councils and submit the necessary documents such as the land title, newspaper cutting of advertisements put up to rent the premises, and water and electricity bills as verification of the building being vacant.
“Discount for the assessment is calculated on a six-month period,” he added.
Ganabathirau said the discounts would be considered under Section 162 of the Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171) and that the local councils had the right to decide whether or not the property had grounds to extend the exemption for a further six months on a case-by-case basis.