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Thursday, November 21, 2013

KL's proposed Assessment hike not according to previous method of calculation

SY of Shah Alam, in his letter to The Star, put it concisely:


"Most comments were related to the statement made by Federal Territory Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan that the assessment review was due to property prices having skyrocketed.

In fact, that statement that assessment is based on property value is wrong.

In simple terms, assessment of a property is based on rental value."

"For example, if the hypothetical rental is RM1,000 per month, the annual value is therefore: RM1,000 x 12 = RM12,000

If the municipality places an assessment tax of 6%, the assessment payable will be: RM12,000 x 6% = RM720 per year.

Did Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) conduct an assessment rating exercise which included inspection of all properties and sending the owners feedback forms which is mandatory for all owners to submit?

If DBKL has done the assessment rating based on the reasoning that property value has skyrocketed, there is going to be lots of fireworks at the objection hearing."

Rest of it:
Assessment based on rental, not house value

Sean Oon provides a sample letter of objection:

YB Nurul Izzah provides a detailed sample letter of objection:

Even former Mayors of KL are asking DBKL to justify their unreasonable increase.

Politically, even MCA expressed their disapproval. It looks as if BN has nothing more to lose, having lost 10 out of 11 parliamentary seats in the last GE. But looking at the recent price increases like petrol and sugar, and the proposed GST for the nation and assessment hike for KL, BN is going to have a hard time to contain the people's anger. The fact that the First Lady continues her high living at people's expense is not going to help.

At a press conference with KL MPs, FT Minister promised to reduce hike by '50 to 70%'. In their haste to increase assessment for 2014, DBKL had already issued notices to property owners, based on arbitrary calculations, different from the past. Perhaps, because of the lapse of 21 years, they have forgotten the proper way! To be fair, DBKL's Valuation Department should carry out a proper assessment rating before issuing notices. Why the hurry when DBKL is believed to be cash rich?

A factory owner in Kepong received two conflicting notices: one increased the annual value to Rm48,600 (from Rm9,000), the other to Rm79,800!


Anonymous said...

Rates calculated by DBKL are based on property value rather than rent.My next door neighbour has a higher rate that me because she bought the property lately ie at a much higher price. If based on rental, both should have the same rate.
We are also paying to the government separate charges on sewerage, which was formerly in the assessment. Then we are made to pay for neighbourhood security as much as RM1,200 a year due to inadequate security by the government and also subsidising the government at 1 percent of our electric bill per month for some renewable energy program. If we add all these, then the assessment rate should be reduced instead.

KoSong Cafe said...

I believe there is no change in the basis of calculation. The estimated annual rental could be affected by the built-up area and extensive renovation too. But from my personal experience, a row of terrace houses zoned as 'commercial': for those who opted and paid the conversion fees had to pay higher assessment rates. This is because the premises can be used for business purposes. Those who did not apply for it continue to pay old rates, based on residential use.