First, Villa Nabila - a dilapidated bungalow in Johor Baru - was listed as one of the top five haunted houses in Malaysia by US-based travel portal Expedia.
Then a Malaysian boy, 16, was reported to have gone missing after entering the villa last week, giving the place an added layer of spookiness.
It turned out to be a false alarm - the boy was sleeping over at his girlfriend's house that night - but the publicity from the media coverage has turned Villa Nabila into Johor's latest tourist attraction.
On Thursday, the Johor Baru City Council put up a notice at the front of the house, revealing the owner to be a Singaporean named Low Sue Heng.
The notice in Malay required the owner to repair and clean up the premises within 14 days. If this was not done, the council would take over the job and bill the owner.
Malaysia's The Star newspaper quoted a council source on Wednesday as saying the 248,000 sq ft lot on which Villa Nabila stands was bought in 2008 by a Singaporean, who is reportedly paying more than RM18,000 (S$7,000) in quit rent for the place.
When The New Paper on Friday visited Villa Nabila in Danga Bay, a 10-minute drive from the Causeway, the main entrance leading to the house was boarded up with metal sheets, with the council notice pasted on it.
But this did not deter visitors from getting into the estate from another road that leads to a rear entrance. They then had to walk about 200m on a dirt path to reach the villa.
Along the way, another building in disrepair also had a notice requiring the owner, who was also named Mr Low Sue Heng, to fix up the place.