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New charges, high rents hit Sharjah tenants

New charges like maintenance fee, facilities charge and hike in parking fee irk tenants

  • By Shveta Pathak, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:01 November 27, 2013
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  • New rules: Owners are taking advantage of rise in demand by imposing new charges

Sharjah: Tenants in Sharjah are being forced to shell out extra money as property owners impose new charges over and above the annual rent.

A raft of charges such as maintenance fees, charges for some facilities besides an increase in parking fees have been slapped on tenants as demand for housing shoots up. If that was not enough, owners are also asking residents to furnish salary certificates and other documents before leasing.

“I have been asked to pay an extra five per cent maintenance fee this year, even though the building is poorly maintained,” said Varun Goyal, who lives in Abu Shagara. “It is unfair and I feel the owner only wants to take advantage of the overall rise in prices and make extra money.”

The trend in new charges like maintenance fees and extra parking fees started in Dubai a couple of months ago. Sharjah, which is preferred by many residents due to relatively lower rentals, has also witnessed a rental increase in recent times but extra charges and stricter terms and conditions were unheard of until now.

Property management company Asteco said in an earlier report that an average increase of 16 per cent was recorded in the past year in rentals in Sharjah.

“I paid Dh32,000 earlier for a one-bedroom flat and the rent was increased to Dh38,000 this year. We had a parking issue and I paid Dh1,000 to park my car in a sandy parking area, but now my landlord wants to raise the parking fee also to Dh2,500,” said Karim Khan, who lives near Sahara Centre.

Another resident said: “Our building agent told us we will have to pay Dh500 every month as charges toward facilities from now. This straightaway increases our rent by Dh6,000 annually.”

Susan, a property agent, said: “In buildings where bachelors were allowed, owners are getting stricter by asking tenants for their salary certificates.

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  1. Added 15:27 November 28, 2013

    For all those who dont know if youve moved into a flat or villa and have been there just one year the landlord is not allowed to increase the rent for 3 yrs and then after 3 yrs they can increase and not increase rent for the next 2 years. So be sure to let them know they are asking for increase which is illegal. They will keep the rent same just you need to furnish your old tenancy contracts. Hope this helps people.

    Furqan, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:37 November 28, 2013

    The increase in rent without any reason is wrong. The authorities should resolve this kind of issues on urgent basis. And for what what reason landlords are asking hike in rent? the buildings are getting older every year but the rents are increaing.

    Nusrat Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:02 November 28, 2013

    My rent has increased 50%. It is really unfair to raise rents by this margin on a 10 year old building.

    AS, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:38 November 28, 2013

    This is absolutely too much the flat owners are dancing according to landlords tune which is very unfair and unreasonable. They have to at least offer some relief on human grounds to the tenants.

    ASHRAFF NAZIM, KOLONNAWA, Sri Lanka

  5. Added 13:21 November 28, 2013

    This has been the most frustrating factor here when the real estates hike rents or add hidden charges and there is lack of control. The poor tenants who are feeding the landlords from years are like hens giving a golden egg daily and landlords wants to slaughter the hen to see if they will get many eggs together. I guess we should always raise our voices as its absolutely inhuman to treat us this way.

    Ibrahim, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:17 November 28, 2013

    We are already paying much for rent if they charge extra it is very bad for expatriats

    Umair, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:46 November 28, 2013

    Rent cap is removed which benefits landlords because they are the investors and they expect good returns on their investments, but where the tenants will go, how they will afford these huge increments as majority of the tenants are not well off and having no increment in their source of earnings.isn't it like making it too difficult for a common man to survive.I request authorities to please review this rent cap removal plan.

    AA, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:30 November 28, 2013

    I checked with tha authorities about rent hike, they said after 3 years landlord can increase as much as he want.... they are charging maintenance too much, and if you go building manager or landlord for anything they say its not included, this is a same answer every time.... Please do something....

    Nacyr, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:25 November 28, 2013

    I think we are worried as fees, charges, rents everything is shooting. Middle class families will be victims again. Only living cost is increasing and no proportional hike in salaries. It is very hard to manage whole family with salary and cost of living. I think the authorities should order a pay rise for all sectors or prevent of hike in living cost.

    Haneef Puttur, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 11:56 November 28, 2013

    What happened to the 3-years Rent Cap?

    Vikas, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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