In 1992, Mr Koh Lian Chye, an administrative manager, and his wife, Madam Peck Seok Hoon, a teacher, agreed to sell their
five-room flat to Taiwanese businessman for $221,000.
But the Taiwanese application for permanent residency had not been approved and they all agreed to let the buyer's brother
Mr Yang Tseng Pu who is a PR here to be registered as the buyer.
However, in March 1993, an HDB inspection found that unauthorised renovations had been done to the flat by the Koh's
contractor. The Kohs could not rectify the matter as the contractor had gone out of business, so by the end of March 1993,
the HDB cancelled the resale application.
Around that time, the sellers wanted to sell the flat to a relative for $245,000. But in April, they agreed to a new
sale price of $235,000. They also agreed on a penalty of 10 per cent of the purchase price if either party defaulted on the
Later, the buyer's brother, Mr Yang lodged a caveat against the flat. At the same time Mr
Yang's PR application was approved. But the HDB said the sale of the flat to him could not go through until the caveat was
This led to another wrangle as the Yangs would not remove the caveat, fearing the Kohs would sell the flat to someone
else. This came to a standstill. Taiwanese businessman commenced legal action. The sellers counter sued, claiming that Mr
Yang had caused the failure of the sale by refusing to remove a caveat.
The court agreed and ordered the buyer to pay costs and $18,500 ($23,500 damages less $5,000 deposit already paid) in
The judge ordered Mr Yang to withdraw his caveat. Now the Kohs can sell the flat which is currently (16/6/96) valued
at about $500,000.