Thirteen Kalibata City apartment residents in South Jakarta have filed a lawsuit with South Jakarta District Court against the apartment’s developer Agung Podomoro Land (APL) for allegedly marking up electricity and water fees.
The lawsuit was addressed to APL’s subsidiary companies PT Pradani Sukses Abadi, PT Prima Buana Internusa and Kalibata City Management Body, which the residents said was formed by the developer without their consent.
In their lawsuit, the residents said the electricity and water fees set by the management were not in accordance with state-owned electricity company PLN’s regulations and the Jakarta Governor Decree of 2007 concerning water tariffs.
“The residents demand the management provide a legal basis to explain why it imposed the tariffs, which are not in accordance with the regulations,” the residents’ lawyer Syamsul Munir said on Monday.
The residents demanded APL pay Rp 23.176 million (US$1,744.78) for their material losses and Rp 13 billion for immaterial losses.
The first hearing was conducted on Monday, but was adjourned until June 17 as no party from APL was present at the hearing.
PT Prima Buana Internusa was represented by its lawyer, but failed to provide necessary documents, and was deemed unauthorized to undergo the hearing.
Separately, Kalibata City General Manager Ishak Lopung brushed off the accusation that the management had marked up the fees, saying they were set in accordance with existing regulations.
The management will attend the hearing in accordance with legal procedures, he said.
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