FAQ on Dry Clothes

Question 1
Can the owners dry clothes in the balcony? The JMB and Property Manager (Management company) has acted in a very bias manner (aimed at certain units and has imposed fines on
these units).

Answer

  • By-laws contained in the Third Schedule of Strata Management (Maintenance and Management) Regulations 2015, Paragraph 15 (Drying of laundry) states:
    In a building used for residential or dwelling purposes, a proprietor shall not, except with the prior written approval of the JMB/MC, hang any washing, towel, bedding, clothing or other article on any part of his parcel in such a way as to protrude outside his parcel, other than at the areas designated for such purpose and leave them there only for a reasonable period.
  • Balcony is an accessory parcel and within the parcel.
    Hanging any clothes outside the balcony is against the By-laws and hence it is prohibited.
    If you are to hang any clothes within your balcony, it is advisable to hang them at low levels so that it is not ‘visible’ from the outside
  • Drying clothes at the balcony can be an eye-sore to the building and any action that is detrimental to the perception of a lax in the property management and maintenance can
    affect the property and rental values. The JMC/MC can only impose fine if such fine is provided for in the By-laws or additional Bylaws. Paragraph 7(1) of the Third Schedule of Strata
  • Management (Maintenance and Management) Regulations 2015 states:
    The JMB/MC may by a resolution at a general meeting impose a fine of such amount as shall be determined by that general meeting against any person who is in breach of any of these by-laws or any additional by-laws made under the Act.

Question 2
Can the owners bring the case to the Tribunal?

Answer
It is advisable to forward the matter to COB first and seek for their advice before bringing the case to Tribunal.