Rip­ping up gar­dens: when you move, land­lord would have to pay to main­tain it

7 Days in Dubai - - ENTERTAINMENT -

To Sally and all the others who have writ­ten in to com­plain about hav­ing to re­move their beloved gar­dens when va­cat­ing a rented home, the rea­son for this is sim­ple eco­nom­ics. If a gar­den is es­tab­lished then the land­lord has to main­tain it. Main­te­nance costs money. When you leave a villa, you go to DEWA and shut off the elec­tric and wa­ter and get your de­posit back. Any plants you have left in the gar­den will start to die from this point on­wards. If there is an ex­tended pe­riod of time be­fore the next ten­ant moves in, your pride and joy will be brown, with­ered and to­tally unattrac­tive. If the land­lord wants to keep the gar­den green and pretty to at­tract new ten­ants, then he must make it good with DEWA and not many land­lords are will­ing to do this. Bet­ter and cheaper to have a blank can­vas sand lot. So, you rent a house, you grow what­ever you like, but rip it out when you leave or else your se­cu­rity de­posit will pay to have it done. Graeme, Dubai

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