Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Calling Planet Zog

According to today's Emirates Toady, the General Secretary of Dubai's Rent Committee

also believes that the law has been effective and that the Dubai Rent Committee has received no negative feedback on the 15 per cent cap on rents.

Good grief man! Do you not read the papers? Or talk to ordinary people? Greedy landlords are killing the UAE while nothing is done to enforce the 15% cap.


Blogger samuraisam said...

"Emirates Toady"

Is their new name free to reuse?

They're (as of late) a fking propaganda machine from all I've read.

9:40 am  
Blogger nzm said...

Sam: Emirates Toady is a name for ET which first appeared in a regular 7Days column in which one of the 7Days reporters would lambast ET for their journalism standards. It was the pot calling the kettle black, really! I don't think that the column is still going.

Keefie: Dubai Rent Committee has received no negative feedback on the 15 per cent cap on rents.

He's probably correct in saying this because, as the 15% rental increase is capped by law, there's not much that people can complain about to the DRC if their rent goes up by this much or lower.

However, what he's NOT saying is how many complaints and cases the DRC is handling where greedy landlords are demanding more than 15%.

There is also an unqualified number of instances where people are being asked to vacate their dwellings so that the landlords can put in new tenants at much higher rental rates (greater than 15%) than they could ask of their existing tenants. The DRC also wouldn't hear about these.

There are many officials in this country who are sticking their heads in the sand and choosing not to tackle the problems as they should.

The reasons are many. Most of the officials are either powerless puppets, incompetent fools or unqualified managers - but whatever they are, they're all under the Dubai PR umbrella which extols the myth: Dubai: Life is Beautiful in Utopia.

10:22 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its sick and will all come crumbling down in TIME....hoping it is tomorrow.

2:04 pm  
Blogger Anti-Demon said...

The problem lies with the tenants....if your landlord demands an increase of more than 15%, you have to take the matter to the Rent committee. I work in the real estate sector and I know that it causes a lot of problems to landlords.... if the matter is taken to the rent committee. Tenants usually don’t want to waste their time....that’s understandable in UAE’s hectic work schedule.

7:11 pm  
Blogger Grumpy Goat said...

I have to disagree with part of your post, Zia. Th problem lies not with the tenants but with the landlords.

Making a complaint to the Rent Committee causes a lot of problems to landlords, as you say. So what is likely to happen if a landlord is ordered to drop his excessive rent increase to 15%? There will be the obligatory Loss Of Face (which is still a terminal disease in certain parts of the Galaxy) and the landlord will doubtless seek to exact his revenge.

Make an official complaint about your rent increase at your peril. Any tenant who does so ought to be willing to look for alternative accommodation in a year's time.

1:47 pm  
Blogger moryarti said...

Obviously, ZIA never went through the amusing experience of "taking the matter to the rent committee"

2:50 am  
Blogger Omni said...

Hoo boy, that sounds GRIM!!

6:57 am  
Blogger bizzwhizz said...

tell me about it how do u put business projections for a place like dubai on paper, my warehouse rent increased in multipliers of 4 one year and then they came up with 15%%%% caps what the heck do they see our income increasing with 15%%%%% caps .. goodwork keefie

5:45 pm  
Blogger Mme Cyn said...

All I know is, my employer pays my rent outright at the moment and if they ever decide to give us a housing allowance instead, I am outta here. I don't know how people keep their sanity when they have to provide their own housing in this town. And Abu Dhabi has gotten just as bad, by all accounts.

BTW-- has anyone else but me noticed that all this rampant greed started happening right after Papa Z. died? What's his country come to, he must wonder. Spinning in his grave no doubt, rest his soul.

12:27 am  

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