Unhappy about rent hike? Approach municipality
By Khaleej Times
Filed on January 11, 2016 | Last updated on January 11, 2016 at 09.00 am
In Sharjah, the landlord is not allowed to hike the rentals for three years once the rent agreement is signed for the first time.
We live in Sharjah in a two bedroom apartment. We will be completing three years in the house and the current rent is Dh25,000. We hadn’t received any notification regarding rent hike, but when we approached the landlord for renewal, he is demanding a 100 per cent rent hike. Which means, our rent will be Dh50,000. After negotiations, he has agreed for Dh45,000.
The building is quite old and lot of bachelors are staying here. I think the rent was increased in the hope that we would vacate the apartment and it can be leased out to bachelors at a higher rent. But we would like to continue living in the same building as shifting is very hectic.
My questions are: Can a landlord increase the rent after three years like this? What should be our action in this case? Do we have to agree with the landlord? Is there any protection for tenants after three years?
Your landlord is within his rights to increase the rent for the apartment upon completion of three years, in accordance with the prevailing regulations in the emirate of Sharjah regarding rentals. But if you find the increase unreasonable, you can file a complaint at the rent regulation department to decide on a proper increase. It should be noted that in the emirate of Sharjah, the landlord is not allowed to hike the rentals for three years once the rent agreement is signed for the first time with the tenant. Further, there is no requirement for you to agree with the landlord, you can still negotiate and come to an amicable settlement.
You may contact the Sharjah Municipality to confirm if the increase in rent is justified. If the same is not justified, you may consider approaching the Rent Control Committee of the Sharjah Municipality and file an application for amicable settlement of the dispute.