The Jakarta Post
Despite Kalibata City's management having been found guilty of arbitrarily imposing high electricity and water charges on tenants, the victory does not guarantee fair and better maintenance in the buildings, the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) has said.
YLKI complaint and law coordinator Sularsih said Kalibata City's Apartment Owner and Tenant Association (P3SRS) can still abuse the rights of tenants as it was established by the developer and building management company.
"Without reform, conflicts between the management body and residents would happen again," she said.
According to Law No. 20/2011 on apartments, the P3SRS, which should consist of representatives of tenants and the developer, is the highest authority of an apartment's management, which can determine water and electricity charges.
In Kalibata City, there are two P3SRS, one formed by the Kalibata City Residents Community and the other formed by the developer.
The South Jakarta District Court ruled on Wednesday that PT Pradani Sukses Abadi, the developer of Kalibata City, PT Prima Buana Internusa, the company that manages the building, and a management team were guilty of marking up residents' electricity and water bills.
Sularsih said the government should deliberate a regulation so that the Apartment Law can be better implemented.
“Until now, the government has not deliberated an implementing regulation in support of the Apartment Law. The same conflicts will keep recurring without the regulation,” she said. (wit)