—(1) A body corporate may levy the contributions determined by it in accordance with section 13(1)(l) and (m) and the contributions referred to in section 13(1)(q) or (qa) by serving on the owners of the flats in the housing estate concerned notice in writing of the contributions payable by them in respect of their respective flats.
(2) Contributions levied by a body corporate shall be levied in respect of each flat in the housing estate concerned and shall be payable, subject to this section, by the owners of the flats and, except for contributions referred to in section 13(1)(qa)(iii), the amount of contributions payable by the owner of a flat which is permitted under the Planning Act [Cap. 232] to be used for non-residential purposes shall be twice the amount of the contributions payable by the owner of a flat which is permitted under the Planning Act [Cap. 232]to be used solely for residential purposes.
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(2A) Any contributions levied by a body corporate for the purposes of section 13(1)(qa)(iii) in respect of each flat shall be payable by the owners thereof in such shares as are determined by a special resolution passed at the general meeting under section 13(1)(qa)(ii).
(3) In respect of any contribution levied under subsection (1), the owner of a flat shall be liable, jointly and severally with any person who was liable to pay that contribution before he became the owner of the flat, to pay such part of that contribution as was unpaid when he became the owner of that flat.
(4) Without affecting the liability of the owner of a flat in respect of any contribution levied under this section, where a mortgagee is in possession (whether by himself or any other person) of a flat, he shall be liable jointly and severally with the owner of the flat which he is in possession for any contribution levied on that owner in accordance with this Act but shall not be so liable in respect of any such contribution unless notice in writing of the levy of the contribution has been served on him.
(5) Any contribution levied under this section —
shall become due and payable to the body corporate in accordance with the decision of the body corporate to make the levy;
if not paid within 30 days when it becomes due and payable, shall bear interest at such rate as may be prescribed by the Minister unless the body corporate determines in general meeting (either generally or in a particular case) that the interest shall be waived; and
may be recovered as a debt by the body corporate in any court of competent jurisdiction,
and any interest so paid shall form part of the fund to which the contribution belongs.
(6) Where any contribution and interest thereon levied under this section remains unpaid after the expiry of a period of 14 days from the date the body corporate has sent a written demand by registered post to an owner of the flat in respect of which the contribution is levied, the owner of the flat shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 and to a further fine not exceeding $100 for every day during which the contribution remains unpaid after conviction.
(7) For the purposes of this section, “owner”, in relation to a flat, includes —
the person for the time being receiving the rent of the flat, whether as agent or trustee or as receiver, or who would receive the rent if the flat were let to a tenant; and
the person whose name is included in the Valuation List referred to in the Property Tax Act [Cap. 254] as the owner of the flat for the purposes of that Act.