Monday, September 16, 2013

Sentosa villa comes with serious flaws, says owner

Sep 16, 2013 -

The exclusive residential enclave of Sentosa Cove has been rocked again by another complaint of shoddy construction work, this time at YTL Group’s Sandy Island.

Just last week, it was reported that Ho Bee was being sued by homeowners at The Coast at Sentosa Cove, for defects such as staircase flooding and termite infestations. 

Thio Keng They, the owner of a villa at Sandy Island, claimed that the two-storey five-bedroom property he acquired for about S$14 million had some “serious” defects, media reports said.

He revealed that when he took possession of the 8,000 sq ft bungalow in March 2012, it had water leakage in the living area, most of the rooms, “gourmet kitchen” and basement garage. There were also defects on bathroom doors and scratches on glass panes and the timber floor.

“I bought the house as I was told by the salesman that it was of top quality and it was a nice development. What I discovered is that it was not so,” said property investor Thio, who also served as former Deputy Managing Director at Malaysia Dairy Industries.

“I was surprised and have never seen anything like this in terms of the scale and extent of the defects. I'm more aggrieved by the substantial defects such as the water ingress and bathroom doors,” he added.

He raised these concerns to YTL, which offered to pay between S$110,000 and S$130,000 for enhancement works and S$20,000 to fix the defects in December. However, he refused the offer saying it wasn’t enough.

“YTL wants to do the repairs but if they use the same people, same materials and same methods, the problems will reappear,” Thio said.

Meanhwhile, YTL said that it had promptly responded to Thio's complaints.

“To the fullest extent possible, we have sought to accommodate Mr Thio's requests even though we considered many, if not all to be non-contractual...However, Mr Thio had imposed various conditions on us before he would allow us to access the premises,” said a YTL spokesman.

“We stress that we have always remained ready, willing and able to resolve all genuine defects.”

Martin Koh | 86666 944 | R020968Z
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