Real estate company charged with illegal use of private apartment

Real estate company PNL Real Estate was charged on Tuesday with the unauthorised change of a residential apartment into a workers’ dormitory.

The premises – at Public Mansion, 432 Balestier Road – was also in breach of Section 30(1) of the Fire Safety Act.

The offence came to light in June this year.

Using wooden partitions, the 120.77 square metre apartment had been separated into 32 narrow cubicles. Close to 100 foreign workers were found living in the apartment.

Company representative, General Manager Peter Lye, was present when the charges were read out.

The court will meet again on September 2 to hear the representations from PNL’s lawyers.

If found guilty, the company could be fined a maximum S$10,000, or a representative be jailed for six months, or both.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 12 Aug 2008

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