Remember when I wrote that we had Vacant Possession of our new house about two weeks ago? Well, looks like it is going to be null and void, because we discovered that we were not the ONLY party who had the sets of keys to the property!!!
We signed up all the paperwork, etc when the keys were handed over to us on Friday 22 June 2007 and we inspected the property with the representative of the Developer and also the sub-contractor. There were quite a number of hairline cracks around the house and we were advised to fill in the property defect form within 18 months (from the date of VP).
We were just so happy that the keys were finally ours and we were officially, the legal owner of the property with the handing over of the keys to us. Meaning - we have exclusive rights to the property. Right?
Well, apparently NOT!
We went to the house last Saturday and discovered that someone had opened the main door with THEIR OWN set of keys to the property, and had started working on the hairline cracks - and mind you, we have NOT even lodged a formal complaint on any of the defects to the property yet! Nobody had contacted us to seek permission to enter the property to work on the defect! And even worse, whoever who was working on the defect had actually left the main door, the kitchen door, and a couple of sliding doors wide open! And the house was filthy, with marks on the wall and rubbish strewn all over, and horror, horror - these people actually used the toilets - and I just don't want to go into details on THAT! AAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!
To say that we were fuming mad would be an understatement! Ayah called the Technical Supervisor who gave the assurance when we were given VP that the three sets of keys handed over to us were the only keys around. So, how do you explain all these? Apparently when the Supervisor came, he himself was shocked! We spoke to the chap who was the liaison officer between the house owners and the sub-contractors and guess what he told us - the honcho of the sub-contractor actually has duplicate copies of keys to ALL of the houses there!!!!
We are lodging a formal complaint and are demanding the Developer to declare that the handing over of Vacant Possession on 22 June 2007 is rendered null and void, and we are changing ALL the locks using our own contractor BUT all the costs involved should and would be borne by the Developer.
So, to all property owners who are moving into your new house, wherever you are - heed my advice. Change ALL locks to your property before you move in. Would you want to move in to your new house if you knew someone else also has access to YOUR home? I think NOT!