JOHOR BARU - The Singaporean who owns the "spooky" Villa Nabila has been directed to clear the mess there within seven days.
The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB), which issued the order, said it would take over the job and bill the owner if this was not done.
Council public relations officer Aziz Ithnin said there was a lot of clearing work to be done with trees growing inside the bungalow and thick overgrowth.
"The owner has been paying quit rent prior to 1998 and has never failed to pay assessment charges.
"It is his responsibility to clean up the place,'' he said yesterday.
Aziz said it would be better for house owners to rent out their property so that it would not be left idle.
Villa Nabila has been listed by US-based travel portal Expedia as one of the five most haunted places in Malaysia.
The unkempt villa has been in the news following reports that a 16-year-old boy went missing after entering the premise last week.
However, police found him sleeping at his girlfriend's house in Taman Desa Mutiara on Sunday night.