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One Year On, Centrale 8 DBSS Flat Residents Say Defects Still Not Addressed

The stained tiles they’ve been complaining about have been left unchanged, say some residents of the Centrale 8 DBSS HDB flats.

And nothing has been done about those huge awful pipes that take up half of their service yard, which weren’t in the description when they bought their units.

Residents had begun moving in June 2014, and that’s when complaints began streaming in.

A task was formed 4 months ago, and supervised by current Finance Minister and Tampines GRC MP Heng Swee Keat to take up residents’ concerns with the Centrale 8 developer.

The task force was formed after a petition signed by owners of more than half of the units at Centrale 8 – about 400 people.

They cow beh-ed the developer, Sim Lian, for alleging using building materials of poor quality, designing their units poorly, such that space and safety were compromised.

And privacy too – the toilet windows of some units face the common corridor!

Sim Lian has said that it has developed the estate in accordance with the Building and Construction Authority’s guidelines.

Some headway has been made though.

The company has agreed to install blinds for the bathrooms of certain units.

It will work realign the car park entrance, which currently poses a safety hazard say residents, as it meets at a cross junction.

It will also expand the multi-purpose hall, which residents complain is small, and positioned awkwardly such that sometimes they unwittingly walk into funeral wakes held in the vicinity.

The last of such DBSS developments, there were complaints that sky-high prices for Centrale 8 flats (a 5-room flat went for S$750,000) didn’t match up to the shoddy workmanship and quality of materials.

Many residents had complained of faulty door locks, water leakage, amongst other defects.

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