Friday, August 24, 2007

TCs and HDB

I've been doing some reading on what the duties of the TC are and also looking up the HDB bylaws to see if they extend to animals in the common areas. In general, the TCs look after the common property under Section 18 of the Town Councils Act, with common property being defined under Section 2, and which you can find at Singapore Statutes Online.

As you can see, common property does not include areas within the flats. There are certain limited times when the TC can go onto your property and this is specifically stated - it mostly has to do with pipes, wires and cable (and hence I was wrong about the pipes earlier) but these are very specifically stated examples. In all other cases, the TC must get the permission of the owner, and in even these specific examples, they must give advance notice unless it is an emergency.

On the other hand, the Housing and Development (Animals) Rules refer specifically to cats within the premises. They do not refer to animals in other circumstances.

So why are the TCs saying that the HDB rules do not allow cats in the estates?

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HDB and TC should make a donation to CWS for being informed of what they SHOULD already know!!

24/8/07 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think for Christmas this year, a charity drive should be set up entitled "Free education for TCs!", with people donating print-outs of HDB rules for the Town Councils!!! @_@

24/8/07 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bunch of nicompoops wasting residents' $$ and mostresidents are still too docile to ask the TC to be transparent! Kwai Kwai let the TC gets away with bonus and doing shit work!
Or..got cats on cars har...no problem boss..i call pest control now..

or..got shit outside your house ar...no problem m'm..we call pest control now...

wei ...pest control boss..this year got hampers or not..u got bloody good business from us leh....

24/8/07 10:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

To be fair there ARE good TC officers, but there's also a lot of inefficiency happening in many TCs. Perhaps it's due to the culture of TCs as a whole. I think the TCs need to be told that it's okay to ignore stupid complaints - it doesn't mean you're lazy. What matters is looking into each complaint and then assessing it on the merits. And if the complainant goes to the MP, then I would hope the MP would back the officers up.

24/8/07 10:37 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

they can't function without being stupid. Distorting the law and causeing massive culling and fear, oversteping their role.

27/8/07 1:12 AM  

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