I only want a short-term lease, what can I do?
My tenancy contract is due for renewal on March 26. I had every intention to renew for another year but just in the past few weeks, I had news from home that my father has been in and out of hospital with a serious illness and awaiting test results to determine the full extent of his illness. My wife is due to deliver our second child on April 10. We have also just paid the fees for our daughter’s final term at nursery. With all this in mind, I tried to negotiate with our agent/landlord to see if they would be open to extending our tenancy contract just for 3 months (to be paid in full upfront) so there would be enough time for my wife to give birth and arrange a passport for the newborn and repatriate back home to Australia in the event my father’s medical test results are not positive. Unfortunately, the agent advised that the landlord refused the request and is insisting that the year’s contract be
renewed (one year’s full rent in one cheque). There is a penalty payment clause that states if the contract is broken early I must pay a 2-month penalty. However, the reality is if I break the contract nine months early, I will not get any refund after the 2-month penalty is deducted. The contract cannot be transferred or subleased either. I understand the landlord is within his rights to enforce the same terms, but I guess I was hoping for some compassion. Is there a reader out there who could help me find a solution to this problem? I am fast running out of ideas and most importantly time. Praying for a miracle Dubai anyone noticed how great the weather is in Dubai at the moment? Go fly a kite at the beach, go camping, have a barbecue, attend an open air concert, play some golf, or go to a craft market and tell me that Dubai is not just such a great place to be at the moment. MP Dubai