Condo management

More controls may curb resident involvement

I disagree with Mr Chan Kai Yan ("Require condo management to submit accounts to MND"; Wednesday) and Mr Frankie Mao (Tighten oversight of condominium management"; Tuesday), who both call for tighter controls on management councils of condominiums.

Council members are unpaid volunteers who contribute their time and know-how to the benefit of all owners in a development.

Subjecting them to the same or similar controls as paid managers of commercial companies would drastically reduce the number of residents willing to step forward and sit on these councils.

The current legislation has sufficient instruments to address any shortfall, and condominiums may opt to engage the services of professional management companies which can provide guidance and added mechanisms of control ("More regulation needed over managing agents" by Ms Wendy Chan Mei Yoke; yesterday).

Besides, the accounts of the properties are normally subject to yearly reviews by independent auditors.

The call is not for more government, but for more residents to actively engage in the management of their developments ("Home owners should take more interest in how condos are run" by Mr Sum Kam Weng; yesterday).

Gil Simon Schneider (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 12, 2016, with the headline 'More controls may curb resident involvement'. Print Edition | Subscribe