CDL sued by waterfront condominium The Sail @ Marina Bay over property defects. (Photo: Rachelle Lee)
SINGAPORE: For almost eight years, residents at The Sail @ Marina Bay had to bear with the stench from the rubbish chutes of their million-dollar homes.
This was because bags of rubbish would often get stuck in the chutes, causing a foul smell and attracting pests, residents told Channel NewsAsia.
Investigations conducted by the condo’s Management Corporation Strata Title (MCST) attributed the problem to a defective design of the chute system.
In 2013, residents mandated the MCST to take their developer City Developments Limited (CDL) to task.
Several letters of demand were sent to CDL, calling for it to rectify the alleged defects.
A writ of summons and statement of claim were filed a year later (2014).
Four years on, the long-running saga has yet to be resolved and the court has fixed a hearing of the case on Feb 6.
When contacted, CDL confirmed the lawsuit.
A spokesman declined to comment further as the case is now before the courts.
Once touted as Singapore's finest luxury condominium, few would have heard about the smelly rubbish chutes that residents had to live with.
Residents leave their bags of trash on the floor of the bin room. (Photo: Rachelle Lee)
A 59-year-old resident who wanted to be known as only Ms Kym said: “The garbage chute has been out for a long time and we haven’t been able to use it. This for me is the biggest problem. The smell is atrocious. The lifts have also been breaking down a little bit and this throws the building out because we’ve got 69 floors and many units."