Friday , February 22 2019

Rental contract signed in haste – How to cancel the contract?

I have just signed a new rental contract, hastefully, being under pressure. The next day I found that the apartment is not ready — bathroom fittings are broken and not replaced as promised, so I decided not to move in. How can I revoke my signature, cancel the contract, whatever …? Do I have to pay any compensation? What does the Law say about cancellation of just signed contract for any reason?

Note: In my case it is a standard contract as per Kuwait Rent Law, no any special clauses included.

Name withheld

Answer: You have to blame yourself for signing the rental contract before physically inspecting the apartment to make sure that it was fit for the purpose. Having signed the contract you can only put pressure on the landlord to do the necessary fittings to enable you move in. If he however fails to do that within a reasonable timeframe, then we advise that you file a case at the rental court to nullify the agreement signed between you and the landlord. You may find yourself on the wrong side of the law if you unilaterally abrogate the contract signed between the two parties.

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