Can Malaysians Really Have Our Pets In Our Apartments and Condos?

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This has been one of the most debated issues for many years, as residents living in high-rises were not allowed to own pets such as cats and dogs. Due to this, many pet lovers chose landed properties over high-rises in the past or sneak in pets into their units with the hopes of having no objections from their neighbours.

However, the amendments made in the Strata Management Act on July 2015 alter the rules of owning pets in the strata homes such as apartments and condominiums. It’s legal now to own pets in high rises!

“According to By-Law 14 in the Third Schedule of the Strata Management (Maintenance & Management) Regulations 2015, pets are allowed unless they cause annoyance or a nuisance and pose health risks to other residents in the property,” said Pretam Singh Nor & Co lawyer and partner Datuk Pretam Singh.

He further added that “the Deed of Mutual Covenants (DMC) which list out the Dos and Don’ts in a strata community ended on 2 June 2015, as the Strata Management Act was revamped on 1 June 2015.”

Thus, the tenants are no longer bound to the old DMC which restricts the tenants from owning pets. The management can set rules and regulations pertaining this which, however, does not contradict to the statutory bylaws.

Despite the amendments, the residents would still have to bear in mind that pets will be allowed only if there’s no nuisance and annoyance created for others. Besides that, the pet owners would still need to follow the laws enforced by the local authorities of their neighbourhood.

For an example, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) only allows smaller dogs on strata homes, while Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) prohibits the keeping dogs in high rises. Thus, the residents have to refer to their respective local council to determine if they can own pets in their strata homes.

If there are no restrictions by the local authorities, residents can opt to own pets in the strata homes without the condo management’s consent. And if the condo management refused to comply, the residents can lodge a complaint at the Strata Management Tribunal.


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