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Multi-owner low-cost housing management in Malaysia : effects of owner-occupant characteristics and occupancy rates

Muhamad Ariff, Nor Rima and Davies, Hilary 2011, Multi-owner low-cost housing management in Malaysia : effects of owner-occupant characteristics and occupancy rates, International journal of housing markets and analysis, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 268-289.

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Title Multi-owner low-cost housing management in Malaysia : effects of owner-occupant characteristics and occupancy rates
Author(s) Muhamad Ariff, Nor Rima
Davies, Hilary
Journal name International journal of housing markets and analysis
Volume number 4
Issue number 3
Start page 268
End page 289
Total pages 22
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1753-8270
1753-8289
Keyword(s) homeownership
housing management
low-cost housing
Malaysia
stakeholders' relationships
private ownership
income
Summary Purpose – Homeownership is considered both economically and socially beneficial for homeowners. However, in the collective living arrangement, reaching a consensus with regard to the residential environment is difficult. The purpose of this paper is to identify factors that can reduce the conflict among the stakeholders in multi-owner low-cost housing in Malaysia.
Design/methodology/approach – This study tested three hypotheses examining whether the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of owner-occupants and occupancy rates affect owner-occupants' satisfaction with stakeholders' relationships. Data were collected through questionnaires from owner-occupants of multi-owner low-cost settlements in Selangor state. Data on housing characteristics were collected from chairpersons of the respective owners' organisations. The data were treated as parametric, and analysis of variance was conducted.
Findings – Four factors – number of children in the family, duration of residency, participation in social activities and participation in meetings – were found to affect owners-occupants' satisfaction with the stakeholders' relationships. The significant effect of occupancy rates was also indicated.
Practical implications – The Management Corporations (MCs) should encourage social relationships among residents. To avoid conflict, the costs and benefits of participation must be balanced. Policy makers should take two key aspects seriously: owner-managed strategy practices by the MCs and high rates of tenant-residents. A mechanism should be identified for assisting the MCs in housing management and for protecting the benefits of homeownership for owner-occupants.
Originality/value – Past studies on low-income household settlements examined public housing or low-income homeowners of single detached dwellings. This study adds to the existing body of knowledge by examining low-income homeowners in multi-owner low-cost settlements.
Language eng
Field of Research 120503 Housing Markets, Development, Management
Socio Economic Objective 870503 Residential Building Management and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Emerald Group Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040537

Document type: Journal Article
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