REAL ESTATE

The Trusted Name in Real Estate

HHQ’s Real Estate practice group is the bedrock of the firm and a recognised leader in the industry. Our proven track record speaks for itself, consistently delivering remarkable outcomes in high-value, intricate, and groundbreaking deals.


Our expertise extend to the full cycle of a real estate deal, as we offer truly holistic solutions for our clients. We handle property acquisition and investment, development, management and leasing, financing, restructuring, and disposition of all asset classes of real estate. We advise on a broad spectrum of commercial, recreational, and residential real estate, including industrial park development, urban and township project development, Malay reserve lands, rent/lease to own, strata management and foreign ownership.


HHQ’s real estate team is ranked and recognised as a “Leading Firm” in the Asia Pacific region including by The Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, Asia Business Law Journal and Global Law Experts.


We bolster our capabilities with integrated access to a diverse array of practice areas, including construction, environmental considerations, regulatory compliance, litigation support, and tax advisory.

Areas which we advise on within this practice group include:

Our team advises land developers and owners on all matters pertaining to conversion, amalgamation and subdivision of lands. Our advise encompasses issues such as category of land use, express condition and restrictions on title, procedures and premiums for applications pursuant to respective state rules. We work closely with the relevant authorities including the valuation department and the land offices.

We have received growing requests from foreign investors and citizens for advice and procedures in the area of ownership of properties for residential and investment purpose. We advise and assist non-citizens in obtaining the requisite consent from authorities for acquisition and perfecting purchase transactions.

We represent clients in sub-sale transactions for both landed and non-landed properties including mixed developments. We provide total solutions from conducting due diligence enquiries on the land and participating in negotiation process to handing to key and perfection of relevant transfer and charge documentation upon issuance of title in the later process. We also represent clients in conveyancing and transfer of ownership out of love and affection and car-parking agreements.

Fund My Home scheme

We have advised Developers on recent fund my home property schemes launched by The Edge Property in relation to the sale and purchase agreement with developers, purchasers and investors and other related documents.

Rent to own schemes

We have advised developers on their rent to own schemes where a sale and purchase is structured as a tenancy with subsequent option to purchase prior to the expiry of the tenancy term.

Our practice in real estate extends to land acquisition matters where clients accept the acquisition by relevant authorities and the compensation offered. We advise clients of the procedures and work closely with the authorities and land office to facilitate speedy payment of compensation to clients.

Our team is well versed with a wide range of matters pertaining to leases and tenancies of residential, commercial, industrial and retail premises. We regularly advise corporations as well as individual owners and tenants on preliminary queries on rental, drafting of related agreements and renewal of leases and tenancies.

We provide advisory service to financial institutions, property owners and property developers on requirements and restrictions of dealings on Malay reserve lands in compliance with the Malay reservation enactments in the respective states of Malaysia.

We have advised Developers on private lease developments in the Medini Iskandar Development region where Iskandar Development Bhd is the proprietor of the land selling a 99 years master lease concessionaires to Developers to develop on the said land and subsequently subdivided to be sold to end-purchasers as individual lease projects.

We advise on guarded neighborhood community under Schedule H or Schedule G statutory agreements, landed strata with gated and guarded development under Gated and Guarded Community (GACOS) housing schemes and with either the club house or the community area being designated either as common property or developer parcel. We also provide advisory services on development of industrial land and commercial areas. Developers and purchasers were informed of their respective rights and duties during the defect liability period. We act as stakeholder for the housing projects during the defect liability period.

Our team is well versed with real estate tax, which includes stamp duty, real property gains tax, goods and services tax and municipal tax. We advise clients on the rates, exemptions and timeline to pay any payable tax on purchase of real estate. We regularly guide companies on terms and conditions of tax exemption in share transfer exercise of intergroup companies.

We advise on all issues relating to strata management ranging from Sijil Formula Syer Unit (SIFUS), submission of schedule of parcels, amendments of schedule of parcel, recovery of debt and matter relating to the Strata Management Tribunal. We advise developer, Joint Management Council and Management Committee on the conduct and constitution of the General Meeting. We also chair or assist the conduct the First AGM of the Joint Management Body and Management Council.

In Malaysia, Urban and Township Development are becoming increasingly essential for the creation of an attractive and sustainable environment that promotes economic vitality, social equity and environmental quality. It provides a range of commercial and residential unit sizes and options and usually is a combination of residential, commercial, industrial, office, institutional, or other land uses.

 

We involve from the very initial stage for new project development, starting from advising the whole master plan, perusing architect’s drawings and specification and giving advices accordingly. We then facilitate these developments by completing the sale and purchase, loan transactions and advising on the legal framework for the development of an integrated township.

 

Our track records feature engagements by numerous well-known developers in the urban and township development. For details of the projects that we have advised, please contact our Real Estate and Project Development department.

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