Saturday, June 22, 2013

Ipoh Eviction

House of Horrors by williamnyk
House of Horrors, swiped from williamnyk on Flickr.
Mum owns a house in Bercham, and for a decade now, we had been renting it to an old lady and her son. No tenancy agreement, just verbal. And we had the luck of getting someone to collect the rent on our behalf, God bless him. And as with most tenants, they give more heartache than anything else. Even though the rent is just MYR200 for a corner unit, they are not good pay masters. Until today, they owe us much back rent. And they have the gall to ask for repairs, which of course we refuse, and this turns out to be a vicious cycle. After so many years, we finally got the legalities (time and money!) out of the way and the property has been transferred to mum's name. Finally we can officially do something to evict them. Mulled over legal action, but that would require us getting the services of a litiation lawayer. BIL suggested that we cut the utilities instead. Sounded good, so we went for the second option. Early monday morning, teh whole tribe took a trip North to Ipoh to get things done. The kids slept most of the time and we sis prepared sandwiches for breakfast.

Custard Bun

Malay Kuih

First stop was to view the house. Not seen it in years and boy, it was quite a sight. The house was overgrown with weeds and bushes. The house was boarded up tightly, not a single open window. Cats and dogs roamed the porch. It basically looked like a drug den. Talked to the neighbours and they had a whole lot to complain about. Found out that the mother works as a dish washer (while the son just sleeps at home all day), and she would frequenty bring home smelly leftover food to feed the chickens. Strewn all over the side of the house, the stench was reportedly nauseating. In a nutshell, the place was like an animal den in a jungle. Having seen enough, we went to the Kedai Tenaga in Ipoh, but turns out that we had to go to the Tanjung Rambutan branch! Ugh. So we went to Lembaga Air Perak instead. Not bad, settled things pretty quickly. When the lady at the counter asked whether anyone was staying there, I answered negative. Tried to find the Kedai Tenaga, but it was quite a challenge because it was not in the GPS. And there are several roads called Jalan Besar in the small towns around Ipoh! Took a wrong turn to Menglembu before gettings our bearing right. Only managed to change the account name to mum's name. Will have to wait for the next bill before initiating the closing of account.

Ball-sy

Our task was considered complete. Headed for lunch after that, and Foursquare recommened Ming Court in Ipoh. Heard about it, so we gave it a try. Quite nice dim sum at the place, but the portions were smaller than I'm used to. The aunty waitresses were approachable too and many were smitten with my nephew's cuteness. The wu kok tasted good but didn't look the part. The minced meat used in the siew mai and other items were fresh and had a good bite. The chu cheong fun and Malay kuih was just average. Liked the ham sui kok as the filling was fragrant and the skin very crunchy. Their mochi was very good as the crushed peanuts were excellent. Their loh mai kai is also worthy of a mention. Got a recommendation for salt bake chicken from the staff and that was our last stop in Ipoh. They had it down to an art, with workers standing by at the roadside to bring yim kuk kai right up to your car window, like a drive through. BIL was coughing his lungs out, so I drove back to KL. But I had to make a Nescafe stop at Tapah as I was sooooo sleepy. Guess what we had for dinner?

Ipoh Salt Baked Chicken

5 comments:

- a L E x - said...

God bless that house :/

Twilight Man said...

This is a good idea to cut off the utilities! I just had court issues with ex tenant.

Anonymous said...

this is why it is better to have a written agreement between tenants and landlords, it actually benefits both parties

William said...

@-Alex-:
Pening lo... even if they move out, have to spend lots of money to fix it back up

@Twi:
They are still living there without water supply!

@Anon:
Due to some legalities with relatives, the house wasn't in our names for years and years

Jaded Jeremy said...

That's the significant downside with renting out property: bad tenants.