Company boss denies turning house into 20-room hostel

Company boss denies turning house into 20-room hostel

JOHOR BARU - A company owner has claimed trial to modifying a house purchased by his company and setting up more than 20 rooms at the premises illegally.

The owner of Hybrid Avenue Sdn Bhd, who was not named during the proceedings, just told the court that he would like to hire a lawyer.

The company was charged under Section 70(1) of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.

The offence was for allegedly setting up multiple partitions to form small rooms and building walls made from brick and sandstone at a house in Kim Teng Park here between 12.05pm and 12.50pm on Dec 12, 2012 without approval from the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB).

If found guilty, the company could be fined up to RM50,000 (S$19,000).

Magistrate Salina Omar set April 16 for case management.

MBJB was represented by its prosecuting officers Norazah Md Yusof and Hanum Kusnan.

It was reported on March 1 that residents at Kim Teng Park were irked by the house owner who made extensions which caused damage to neighbouring houses.

Each tenant allegedly paid between RM400 and RM500 per month to stay in the heavily partitioned premises.

Irritated residents also complained to Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Samad who visited the area and urged MBJB to use existing laws to take action against the owner.

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