Ap­peal to land­lord and agent falls on deaf ears

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7 DAYS -

I moved to Dubai at the end of July from the UK and found a place in Dubai Ma­rina through an es­tate agent. I met with a prop­erty con­sul­tant, fell in love with the place and agreed to two cheques pay­ment for a 1 bed­room @145K. I paid the se­cu­rity de­posit and tried to trans­fer my UK sav­ings to pay the first cheque. For some bizarre rea­son my UK bank has blocked the pay­ment to my bank in the UAE and the bank here won’t give me a rea­son. I then at­tempted to get a per­sonal loan from my bank only to be who then told me I wasn’t el­i­gi­ble (de­spite be­ing granted a Visa card with a six-fig­ure limit) for a Dhs72,500 per­sonal loan as I had not banked with them for six months. So I raised my dilemma with the prop­erty con­sul­tant who told me it was too late, I needed to find the money as I had signed and agreed to Ts&Cs as had the land­lord and it was a legally bind­ing con­tract and I would face se­ri­ous con­se­quences if I do not pro­duce the two cheques in a week’s time when I am due to move in. I had met with the prop­erty con­sul­tant two days prior and handed over my 5% se­cu­rity de­posit and signed con­tract – yet two days later I had still not re­ceived it back and now the con­sul­tant has pur­ported that the land­lord has signed it, I have tried call­ing and mes­sag­ing the prop­erty con­sul­tant. I have even emailed the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and the chair­man to raise my con­cerns and ask for ev­i­dence of the con­tract in my name, which I have signed and the land­lord has signed too. I have of­fered the prop­erty con­sul­tant that I am pre­pared to make the 1st pay­ment via my credit card at their of­fice - to which I re­ceived the emoti­con of a mon­key cov­er­ing its eyes – dis­be­lief. I have un­til the 7th to pro­duce the cheques. My ques­tion is: can I legally pro­duce 2 cheques as per my con­tract - 1 val­ued to what I can af­ford this month and the 2nd to 75% of the to­tal rental amount? Note: I have asked the prop­erty con­sul­tant to ask the land­lord if he will ac­cept 6 cheques at 12,033 and 1 at 72,500 but the prop­erty con­sul­tant has told me the land­lord said no and I must stick to the orig­i­nal Ts&Cs of the legally bind­ing con­tract - which I have yet to see with an ejaari num­ber or the land­lord’s sig­na­ture. Very anx­ious ex­pat Dubai

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