Wednesday , October 18 2017

Rent increase – Approach Rental court if the landlord increases the rent before the expiry of current contract

I am staying in a 1-bedroom, hall, kitchen flat and the contract will expire on June 30, 2017. Please advise what maximum rent can be increased as I am paying rent KD 180 and other people renewed their contract at KD 260; if the landlord increases the rent from KD 180 to KD 260 can I approach the Rental Court against the increase?

Name withheld

Answer: You can only approach the court if the landlord increases the rent before the expiry of the current contract which runs up to June 30, 2017.

However, after the expiry of the contract, if the landlord demands KD 260 in the new contract, it is left to you to sign it and continue living in the accommodation, or reject the new contract and look for accommodation somewhere else.

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