Wednesday , December 19 2018

Old water tanks with unsafe drinking water

I want some information on increase in house rents in Kuwait. We are staying in Salwa in a mulhaq, the building is around 20-25 years old. We started staying in that mulhaq on July 1, 2006 when the house rent was KD 100.

The building belongs to a real estate company in Kuwait City. In 2011, after 5 years of the contract, the company increased the rent to KD 120.

Now after a further 5 years of the contract in 2016, on Nov 2, the company gave us a notice which said that we needed to pay KD 160 rent from December 2016 onwards until 2021.

They increased rent percentage is 33.35%, and according to me it is not reasonable, because they are not doing any maintenance work, nor changing the old water tanks in the building, which is dangerous to health.

In Kuwait, I noticed that in many of buildings the water tanks are very old. The water is unsafe for drinking and taking baths. Why are the Baldiya and the MEW not taking any action on this issue ? I want to know which ministry is responsible for these points?

Name withheld

Answer: The landlord can increase the rent by as much as 100 per cent after five years. The law is with him on this issue. On the issue of maintenance of the building, you should file a complaint with Kuwait Municipality (Baldiya) if the landlord does not keep it in a good condition.

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