New rent rules from Gulf Times of today

7%, two-yearly rent hike cap likely: reportPublished: Thursday, 10 January, 2008, 01:57 AM Doha Time

Staff reporter
RENTS may be increased by 7% every two years when the new rent law is expected to come into effect next month, says a report published in the local Arabic daily Arrayah.
The current law, which expires in February, has a 10% cap on annual increase of rents.
The report also says, without indicating the source of the information, that the authorities are actively considering several other supportive measures to maintain the rents at a constant rate.
Among the proposals are that every rent contract will henceforth be attested by the government real estate division that is to be set up in the municipality. This division will draw up an exhaustive list and initiate permanent registers on all the rented premises. It will also decide on the amount of rent on the basis of the number of rooms and their dimensions; and the area in which the property is located.
Sub-letting of the premises will not be allowed.
A permanent committee to attend to grievances and complaints is to be set up in the real estate division. It will be headed by a legal expert.
If a landlord evicts the tenant on the pretext of demolition and reconstruction and then brings in another tenant on a higher rent, the previous tenant shall have the right to file a complaint with the authorities provided that he proves that the demolition and reconstruction did not materialise.
The rent law shall not be applicable on premises hired by the government departments and agencies.

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