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    Default Missing owners' condo unit sold for $1.6m

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    April 25, 2008

    FEES UNPAID FOR 10 YEARS, OWNERS UNCONTACTABLE, SO...

    Condo unit to be auctioned off to recover money owed

    By Joyce Teo


    AN UNUSUAL auction of an apartment worth over $1 million is scheduled for next week - after the mysterious disappearance of the owners.

    The three-bedroom unit at King's Mansion off Tanjong Katong Road has been vacant for more than 10 years.

    Repeated attempts by the condo's management corporation (MC) to get in touch with the owners and their lawyers have failed.

    The four owners, all foreigners, owe possibly $30,000 or more in maintenance fees.

    So the MC is taking the rare step of putting the flat up for sale to recover the money without the owners' cooperation. The auction is set for next Wednesday.

    Little information is available about the owners but it is believed they are Malaysians.

    Although MCs are legally able to seize the property of debtor owners, such action is rare as few want to take action against their neighbours, property consultants say.

    But this case is unusual as the owners have been absent from the freehold unit for so long - even ignoring the recent property boom.

    The guide price for the 1,604 sq ft high-floor unit is about $1.1million to $1.2 million, said auctioneer Mary Sai of Knight Frank, which is conducting the auction. She said numerous attempts by the MC to get in touch with the owners and their lawyers had failed.

    It is not known how much is owed by the owners as the MC has refused to comment.

    But based on the condo's current fees, it could be up to $35,000 over 10 years - not counting interest.

    MCs are permitted to lodge a charge against an owner's property if contributions are unpaid for more than 30 days after they have served a written notice of demand, said lawyer Vijai Parwani. They then have the authority to sell the property as if they were a registered mortgagee, he said.

    If the owner wants to sell his property, he would not be able to complete the sale until the debt is settled.

    MCs can also go to court or the Small Claims Tribunal to recover outstanding contributions. If owners still refuse to pay, the MCs can get a writ to seize and sell some household items to pay the debt, he said.

    If the debt exceeds $10,000, the MC can apply to make the owner a bankrupt.

    No matter what, seizing a defaulter's property for sale is absolutely the 'last resort', said Mr Raymond Choo, executive director of Chesterton International's property, assets and facilities management department.

    It is a 'tedious and costly' process, he said.

    It involves upfront costs, getting a resolution for the sale, doing a property valuation and engaging an auctioneer.

    'There are other ways you can use before you resort to the power of sale,' he said.

    Property consultants say they have not heard of any such cases recently as owners usually appear when threatened with a sale.

    Ms Sai says the MC of Pandan Valley tried to put a unit up for auction a few months ago, but the owner appeared and paid up before the sale could happen.

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    May 3, 2008

    Missing owners' condo unit sold for $1.6m

    By Joyce Teo, Property Correspondent


    AN UNUSUAL auction of an apartment at King's Mansion off Tanjong Katong Road has attracted strong bidding - driving up the sale price to $1.59 million, well above expectations.

    The condominium's management corporation had taken the rare step of selling the three-bedroom property after the owners had disappeared for more than a decade.

    The auction, conducted on Wednesday, came after the foreign owners had failed to pay property fees, which could have run up to $30,000 or more.

    The management corporation had tried repeatedly to get in touch with the four owners and their lawyers - but to no avail.

    The sale price was considered fairly strong in a generally weak auction market, analysts said.

    The starting bid for the freehold 1,604 sq ft high-floor unit was $1.18 million, which was within the guide price of $1.1 million to $1.2 million.

    Five bidders chased the price up, with a local businessman succeeding in buying the unit at $1.59 million, said Knight Frank's auctioneer, Ms Mary Sai.

    This price works out to about $991 per sq ft (psf), considerably higher than the starting bid of $735 psf.

    A somewhat larger unit at King's Mansion, at 1,808 sq ft, sold for $1,106 psf a few months back, according to a caveat lodged in February.

    After deducting fees and other expenses, such as costs associated with arranging this week's auction, the management corporation is expected to keep the rest of the money in a trust for the owners.

    Mystery surrounds why the owners departed the scene and why they have failed to make themselves known despite publicity prior to the auction.

    If they ever do reappear to claim the balance of the sale proceeds, it is likely they will make a tidy profit.

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