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Land Titles And How They Affect Your Property Buying Decision

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While a freehold land refers to a land title in perpetuity which, in most cases, is the most preferred type of land title to own, a leasehold land means that you just have a lease from the freeholder to use the land for a number of years, which can range from 30 years to even 999 years.

property Land tittle petaling jaya

In most parts of Petaling Jaya, the authorities have extended leases for another term. The extension of leases for leasehold properties is governed under section 197 of the National Land Code (Act 56 of 1965) pertaining to the applications for approval of surrender of the whole of the land, as well as the land rules of the various states (for the state of Selangor, the extension of a lease is governed by the Selangor Land Rules 2003 and Selangor Quarry Rules 2003).

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There is also another type of property built on private leases of similar tenures to that of government leasehold. This type of lease poses more challenges for buyers as the owners of the land are private parties and they do not have renewal or lease extension in the same manner as the government.

property construction land tittle

In addition, there is also the case of Malay Reserve Land (MRL) vs Bumi Lots. While it is quite common to think that both are the same, in reality, they are not. Properties developed on Malay Reserved Land can only be owned by Malays and are governed under the Malay Reservation Enactment. Malay owners are not allowed to sell the properties built on MRLs or the lands themselves to non-Malays. Businesses operated on MRLS must be owned by Malays.

Bumi Lots, meanwhile, are units of land or property which can only be purchased and owned by Bumiputeras. To some, this means a more restricted market whereby you can only resell your property to another Bumiputera. There are, however, incidences where a transfer can be made to a non-bumi, although this is subject to approval from the authority.

property tittle

“Bumi Quota” is also another term commonly used when developers market new projects, and this is again not to be confused with Bumi Lots. Under the New Economic Policy (NEP), this was introduced to increase Bumiputera shares in real estate to at least 30%. However, depending on locality, this percentage differs. Bumi Quota can also be released and is subject to the fulfilment of conditions.

About the Author

Chan Ai Cheng is the General Manager of S.K Brothers Realty (M) Sdn. Bhd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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