The Jakarta Post
Tenants of the Kalibata City apartment complex located in South Jakarta have complained of the apartment management's lack of transparency and increased maintenance fees.
Dozens of tenants staged a protest by walking around the apartment buildings on Saturday morning.
According to tenant and protest spokesperson Umi Hanik, the apartments' maintenance fees, which are charged automatically to the tenants' debit or credit cards, have increased by 43 percent.
'The apartment management has never invited us for talks on this matter. Furthermore, the apartment management has not been transparent about its budget. Their report of a Rp 90 billion [US$7 million] budget was unaudited and was only posted on a community board and through email,' Umi said as quoted by kompas.com.
She added that the apartment management had not approved the establishment of an apartment tenants association, which is mandated by the law.
Umi said tenants had called for the formation of an association since 2011 but had been ignored.
'The apartments are unsafe. There are many criminal acts in this apartment complex, like murder, drug abuse and robbery. But tenants never have a say in the management of the apartments,' Umi said. (***)