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Friday , February 21 2020

House contract issue

I am living in a 2-bedroom apartment. My contract was signed on Nov 1, 2015. My monthly rent is KD 300 but now I want to move to another apartment. I informed the landlord on Sept 3, 2016 that I would vacate this apartment before Sept 25, 2016.

I was told that as per contract I have to inform the landlord 1 month in advance otherwise I have to pay the next month’s rent (ie October 2016). I was also told that the contract period is 1 year and I must pay for the whole year.

Elaborating on the issue I was told that I have to pay for another month since I had paid the rent for 11 months only.

I have already paid the rent for September 2016 for both the apartments (where I am living currently and where I am moving). I am attaching the the rental contract, the last two months rent receipts and a copy of the written notice which I gave to the landlord.

Please advise on what my position is according to the Kuwaiti Rents Law and what legal action can be taken against me if I do not pay my current landlord the rent for October 2016.

Name withheld
Answer: As per your contract you are required to give a month’s notice before vacating your apartment. So, you have no option but to pay the rent for October. Talking about the rent for the whole year, that situation doesn’t come into play now because with the payment of the rent for October you will have paid the rent for the whole year.

If you don’t pay for the month of October, you could land in court … you have no way out But for the information of our other readers we need to discuss the issue of the year contract as this point is very important.

All our readers must ensure, when they rent a flat, that they clear this issue with their landlords because they could end paying rent for the unused part of the contract.

Normally, the landlords just ignore the one year part and just accept the one-month notice but then there are some who stick to the letter of the contract and try to get all the money they can. So, get this point cleared.

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