Ten­ant look­ing for­ward to bet­ter bar­gain­ing po­si­tion

7 Days in Dubai - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Fi­nally a head­line to cheer up the renters who have been ripped off by scrupu­lous land­lords for years! (It’s time to ask for a drop in your rent’, 7DAYS, Nov 21). I for one am moving out in the New Year and can­not wait. I am down­siz­ing to save a huge amount of rent but stay­ing in the area I have lived in for 5 years. I have been fairly lucky with our land­lords, but still paid ex­pen­sive rent rates. Re­mem­ber if your land­lord wants you out with­out no­tice – and they may try and pull the wool over your eyes – a year’s no­tice has to be given to you 3 months be­fore the con­tract is to be re­newed or can­celled. If you de­cide to agree to move with­out le­gal no­tice, you are en­ti­tled to a com­pen­sa­tion pack­age by law to cover your moving ex­penses etc. This does amount to quite a de­cent amount of cash which re­ally helps the in­con­ve­nience of es­tate agent fees, movers etc. Know your rights and do it prop­erly with the law! Re­mem­ber though, if you don’t want to move out, you do not have to by law, and they are on your side! Know your rights peo­ple! I for one can­not wait for 3 to 4 cheques and ne­go­tiable new rent pack­age and not at the mercy of es­tate agents who are only in­ter­ested in sell­ing vil­las not rent­ing! Now they have to be help­ful as this is pay­ing their bills! Bring on 2017, it’s go­ing to be tough year for ev­ery­one but at least we renters can now af­ford to tough it out! Miss Red not in the red any­more Dubai

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