Landlord cries foul after cop tenant leaves without paying rent

Landlord cries foul after cop tenant leaves without paying rent

KUALA LUMPUR - Landlord Teoh Kheng Hon is crying foul after his tenant, a police officer, took off without paying five months' rent and electricity bills that came close to RM5,000.

To rub salt to injury, a handcuff was left locked to a window grille, in a possible show of defiance.

The police officer, known only as Azlan, had been renting the condominium unit in Grandeur Tower, Pandan Indah for eight years but started accumulating arrears since January this year.

Teoh said it was only in April that he noticed the police officer had not been paying his rent. He reminded him to settle the outstanding amount and gave him a notice to vacate by July.

"I asked him to vacate as a buyer was already interested in purchasing the unit," he said, adding that Azlan refused to leave at first, but when he did, the landlord found his unit in a mess.

"Azlan locked a handcuff to the window and left behind a few notebooks used to document police reports made.

"He told me he was not responsible for the rent as it was his friends, not him, who were staying in the condo and it was not his problem that they were not paying the outstanding amount.

"I lodged a report against Azlan on Aug 2 but the police later dismissed it on grounds that it was not a criminal offence."

Teratai Public Complaints Bureau chief Ben Liew Pok Boon said the matter was not just a simple civil dispute.

"The person leaving behind the handcuff in the condo has committed a criminal offence.

"Police officers found guilty of the offence can be subject to disciplinary action while civilians found possessing a handcuff risk being penalised," he added.

Liew said that leaving the handcuff behind in a highly prominent position suggested possible abuse of power by the police officer.

"We will be lodging another police report in hopes that the case will be investigated thoroughly.

"For all we know, there might be weapons or bullet casings lying around the condo," he said.

When contacted, Ampang Jaya OCPD Khairuldin Saad confirmed receiving the first report, but said rental arrears was a civil matter.

"However, the officer will be undergoing departmental review for allegations that he handcuffed the window grille in the condo.

"If found guilty, disciplinary action will be taken against him," he added.

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