There has been much development in the housing development sector with decisions from our Apex Court, which have come down hard on developers governed by the Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (“HDA”) and Housing Developers (Control and Licensing) Regulations 1989 (“HDR”). The decisions have centred on issues of liquidated ascertained damages (“LAD”) and computation from the booking payment dates. The decisions have ruled
on the lawfulness of the extension by developers of the time period of the completion of a subject project and attempts to contract out of the HDA. Conversely, the Apex Court has decided fairly in favour of developers against purchasers who ought to be penalised with reason.
This webinar will analyse these important landmark decisions to better understand the true purport and intent whilst appreciating the rationale of those decisions by contrasting with other decided case authorities by our honourable Courts.
Ranjan N Chandran graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London in 1994 with a 2nd Class Upper Honours, and completed the Certificate of Legal Practice in 1995. He was admitted as advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1996 and has been in practice for 25 years. He had his own practice under the name and style of Ranjan Chitravathy & Nik for 16 years, from 1999 to 2015. In 2016, he joined the firm of Hakem Arabi & Associates as a partner.
He appears frequently as counsel in the Appellate Courts and the High Courts. He has a passion for writing articles, and has had many of his articles published in law journals, among them:
Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act 1966 (“HDA”) Post Covid-19: Who Benefits- Developers of Purchasers?  3 MLRA 9;
- Revisiting Faber Union Sdn Bhd v Chew Nyat Shong & Anor: The Pandora’s Box of The Law on Liquidated Ascertained Damages  3 MLRA 1; and
- Revisiting Selvakumar Murugiah v Thiagarajah Retnasamy: The Coming of Age of The
Law on Proving Liquidated Ascertained Damages in Housing Development Contracts
 3 MLRA 37.
He has been interviewed by The Edge Weekly on housing development issues in articles such as “Claims for Late Delivery of Homes likely to Spike” on 4 July 2020, “Date of Booking Fees deemed as start of delivery charges will force developers to review their sales plan” on 2 Feb 2021, and “Ruling on Housing Tribunal’s scope raises more questions” on 4 Mar 2021.
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