Are Pets Allowed in Malaysia Condominium/Apartment?
Want to keep a pet but lived in an apartment? Many high-rise residents will find difficulties in keeping a dog or cat as there is a common myth among them – Malaysians are not allowed to keep pets in a condominium or apartment. However, it is not entirely accurate.
According to By-Law 14 in the Third Schedule of the Strata Management (Maintenance & Management) Regulations 2015, high-rise residents are allowed to keep pets unless their pets cause annoyance or a nuisance and pose health risks to other residents in the property. But how should we define “nuisance” and “annoyance”?
The classic definition of “nuisance” was given in a 19th century case as “an inconvenience materially interfering with the ordinary physical comfort of human existence”, according to lawyer Pretam Singh. For instance, an activity which generates excessive noise or dust or smoke might constitute a nuisance. Pretam also explained that “annoyance” was defined as anything which “really does bring an objection to the mind of a reasonable being”. As long as your pet doesn’t generate any annoyance or a nuisance, you have the legal right to enjoy your apartment living with your pet dog – you are not required to obtain the consent of the condominium’s management.
Comply with Local Authority Law
Always keep in mind that pet owners will still need to comply with the laws enforced by the local authorities where they live. Different local councils enforced different laws on keeping dogs in stratified homes.
Under Undang-Undang Kecil Pelesenan Anjing Dan Rumah Pembiakan Anjing ( Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur ) ( Pindaan ) 2011 UUK 8A, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) allows high-rise residents keep a maximum of one dog per unit. DBKL also specifically states that only small breeds are allowed in high-rise properties namely the Minature Pinscher, Bichon Frise, Pekingese, Papilon, Toy Poodle, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Pomeranian and Chihuahua – and this is why little furry companions are very popular among condo dwellers in Malaysia.
On the other hand, none of the municipal councils in Selangor allow residents keep dogs in an apartment, flat or condominium. For example, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) prohibits the keeping dogs on any high-rise building.
Local Council Laws Override Condo Rules
How if the management of a condominium in KL prohibits its residents to keep pets in the property? No, they can’t prohibit – the rules of the building management don’t hold water as the laws of local authorities would decide whether the resident was allowed to keep a dog or not.
The Third Schedule By-Laws (Standard By Law) allows the keeping of pets and therefore any prohibition of pets thereof would be an inconsistency, according to lawyer Pretam Singh. Unless the local council’s by-law expressly restricts keeping pets in high-rise buildings, pet owners are legally entitled to keep pets.
List of Pet-friendly Properties
Pet-friendly apartments or condominiums do exist. Here is the list of high-rise properties that allow pawrents and their furriest family companions to live together.
4.Mont Kiara Damai
5.Mont Kiara Bayu
KL City Centre
1.Suasana Bukit Ceylon
2.Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon
5.Seri Maya, Jalan Jelatek