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Multi‐owner low‐cost housing management in Malaysia: Effects of owner‐occupant characteristics and occupancy rates

Nor Rima Muhamad Ariff (School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia)
Hilary Davies (School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia)

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

ISSN: 1753-8270

Article publication date: 9 August 2011

Abstract

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.

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Citation

Rima Muhamad Ariff, N. and Davies, H. (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. https://doi.org/10.1108/17538271111153031

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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