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How to Deal with Water Seepage in Car Parks

Water seepage is one of the many challenges condo managements have to deal with. Water seepage leads to problems such as peeling paint. However, it could be a sign of even bigger problems that require solutions that are more than just re-painting. Paint peeling off regularly in car parks as a result

By | 2018-10-31T07:39:46+00:00 October 30th, 2018|Categories: Car Parks, Maintenance, Painting|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Data Protection Guidelines on Use of NRIC

The Personal Data Protection Commission has issued their Advisory Guidelines on the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) for NRIC and Other National Identification Numbers. The guidelines, issues on 31 August 2018, will be fully implemented on 1 September 2019. This is to give organisations time adjust their existing business practices. In summary, the guidelines

By | 2018-09-28T08:46:12+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Council's obligations, Data protection, Law|0 Comments

MCSTGuru Best Practices in Condominium Management Series Insurance and Safety for MCSTs: What council members need to know

MCSTGuru was pleased to host the second seminar in the “Best Practices in Condominium Management” series on Friday 11 May from 6:30 - 8:30pm.  The four panelists, Lim Tong Chuan, Jonathan Lim, Mohamed Nazem Suki, and Rex Yeap, each offered useful tips and perspectives on issues related to managing safety and risk for MCSTs.

By | 2018-05-22T03:28:50+00:00 May 13th, 2018|Categories: Event, Insurance, Law, Safety|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Security Industry Transformation Map

The Security Industry Transformation Map was announced on 13 February 2018. The Security ITM, led by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), seeks to transform the industry from one that is manpower-reliant, to one that leverages technology and raises skills to deliver high-quality security solutions. There are currently about 240 security agencies in Singapore, 600

By | 2018-07-22T16:20:40+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Categories: Government Incentives, Security|Tags: , |0 Comments

Liberalisation of the Electricity Market in Singapore: A Price Comparison

Singapore's electricity market heralded in a new era on 1 April 2018. A total of 14 new retailers have entered into the retail electricity market to offer competitive price plans to consumers in Singapore. Prior to this, consumers could only purchase from the Singapore Power Group (SP). Those residing in premises with postal codes

By | 2018-07-22T16:35:11+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Electricity|Tags: |0 Comments

Schemes to support security services buyers

Factsheet on Best Sourcing One of the pillars of the Security Industry Transformation Map (ITM) is to support buyers to adopt the best sourcing of security services. In line with that, there are several schemes to support buyers of security, cleaning and landscaping services - all these services are services condo MCSTs are familiar

By | 2018-07-22T17:39:11+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Landscaping, Security|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Industry Transformation Map targets facilities management

In a positive development towards improving the facilities management industry, the Building and Construction Authority has announced the launch of the Real Estate Industry Transformation Map. The BCA, working together with the Council of Estate Agents, stated that Industry Transformation Map initiatives will focus on transforming the Facilities Management (FM) and property transaction services sectors to

Neighbourly dispute escalates into defamation litigation

In John Robertson Gillies v Suresh Balan (also known as Sureash Balan) [2017] SGDC 324, District Judge Chiah Kok Khun chided the parties and their advisers in this civil litigation. In his judgment, he stated that what was a neighbours’ quarrel escalated into a defamation suit. "There are of course better ways to resolve neighbourly disputes other than litigation. These

By | 2018-07-22T16:54:15+00:00 January 21st, 2018|Categories: Law, Owner's Rights|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rubbish Removal at Condos – Who’s in charge?

All households in Singapore receive a monthly communication from SPgroup detailing utilities services: electricity, gas, and water.  Those services are charged based on metered usage and are billed by SPgroup but each of the services are provided for by different providers.  Another charge that we seldom pay attention to is for rubbish removal. On

By | 2018-07-22T16:54:19+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: Maintenance|Tags: , |1 Comment

Best Practices in Maintaining Condominium Estates Learning Circle Launched

On 28 October 2017, MCSTGuru held its inaugural Learning Circle for the strata management community today at the Lifelong Learning Institute. It was attended by well over 40 learners. The learners were mostly made up of the management corporations (MCSTs) representing private residential and mixed-used developments in Singapore, property owners, and vendors. Noi Rahman,

By | 2018-04-17T04:41:43+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Categories: Education, Event|Tags: , |2 Comments