If you have heard about it, The MPK has just recently torn down the barriers and removed the temporary guardhouse of one of the gated and guarded area in Bukit Tinggi, after complaint received among the residents in that particular Taman.
Yup~ Selangor State Government has announced earlier, in order to be gated and guarded(G&G) residential area, one area has to get 100% consent from the residents. Which meant that even if there is one objection from among residents, the G&G application won’t get approval from local authority!!This definitely has created disappointment among residents, especially when the rising of the crime rate, G&G is a MUST for everyone to stay peacefully.
Besides to curb the crime rate, one key factor for residents to opt for G&G community, is that this will boost the property prices of a particular area. According to market value, similar types of property in G&G will fetch 5~10% higher price compare to those non-G&G area. Not only for security reason, some of the house owners are hoping the G&G community will boost their property price to higher level.
There are 2 different types of G&G community in Klang. First is the one that originally G&G by Developer, like Ambang Botanic 1 and Ambang Botanic 2, and also Bandar Parkland Precinct 1~3A. which when developer started to built, they planned it as a whole compound, to include the landscaping and garden altogether, to ensure the residents enjoy the exclusiveness of the environment. Definitely, by promoting the uniqueness and exclusiveness of the living environment, developer get higher margin!
Second type of G&G is the G&G community initiated by Residents Association(RAs) of particular area, we called it as G&G Afterwards. These become popular for the past decade, when higher crime rate become threats to most of the people. RAs normally have a lot of convincing and canvassing work to do, they need to walk through every houses, try to persuade every residents to join the G&G scheme. Few years back, for RAs to get their G&G approval from local authority, they only need 85% of consent from residents. Only last year, State Government has came out with new guidelines, to get approval for G&G, RAs have to get 100% consent from residents, which most of RAs think is mission impossible !! Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Butterfly Park, Bandar botanic, Precinct Bidara, Angsana, Cassia are all considered as G&G Afterwards. Local Authority normally allowed them to fence up only residential area, but not the public area, lake, park etc.
In fact, G&G original from Developer, they collected higher maintenance fees compare to those G&G afterwards. For example, Ambang Botanic 1 monthly maintenance fees for superlink will be RM250 monthly, while for link house in Bandar Botanic, the maintenance fees only RM50~60 monthly. But the G&G afterwards community they normally face difficulties when getting everyone to pay, as they don’t have rights to ban those unpaid residents to go into their own property. Whereby G&G originally from Developer, they already had the Agreement signed beforehand, if the residents not paying maintenance, management has the right to inactivate their access card, and stop them from enter the residential area.