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Witholding rent

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Hi all

Have an issue which I thought I'd like some advice on.

I moved into my appartment in Feb 2012 but being a newbie I didn't have the 2 rent cheques. I paid 2 months rent in advance with the understanding that I would have the 2 cheques ready for March.

When I moved in there were numerous issues with the place which have now been fixed. The outstanding items are mainly that the curtains need to be fixed in living room, master and guest bedrooms.

The handyman has come over and provided an estimate to the agent who presumably has passed it on to the landlord (who is overseas).

Anyway have asked the agent when it is likely that the curtains are going to be repaired but no surprise she isn't returning my calls or answering my emails.

My question is: would it be a good idea not to provide the 2 cheques until the curtains are repaired? Or would that be a very bad move?

I know things are different to UK and rights tenants have there. But I feel once I give the cheques then that is it. No way are those curtains going to be repaired.

Thanks in advance

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Thanks for that. Will start the hounding!!!!
Read your Tenancy Agreement - you have signed a contract that you will pay 12 months rent. If you breach that contract the landlord can evict you and you are still liable for the rent. Not really worth it for a couple of curtains. Hound the agent/landlord or, if you don't want the stress, go to DragonMart or Ikea and get some cheap curtains.
Totally true, I am liable to pay the rent but equally the landlord has obligations under the contract to provide items that must be in good repair.

Definitely do not want the stress or hassle of being evicted and still being liable to pay the rent :( So will provide the cheques and have started the hounding

Thanks for the advice

Thanks all for advice, comments etc

Mr Rossi, you are right in greater scheme of things it isn't a biggie and compared to some of the problems people have faced here then I have it lucky.

But it is the principle of it: you pay money, you have certain expectations. Unless and until things change, I probably won't be the first or last to have issues with agents, landlords etc

don't intend it to marr my stay :)
Yeah, normally I would agree with you and not hassle with the landlord and just get my own rails, but my landlord had installed mechanical curtain rails with remotes in the unit and they did not work.... (they were stuck in the open position). He told me they would be fixed prior to my move-in, but as soon as he got the check, never heard from him. I offered to install my own, but he refused saying that I would be in violation of the contract (something about removing fixed items on the walls)...

So I found out his cell numbers (both of them) and also his company email and number. Called, emailed, texted, and finally had him bring in a team of people to fix most of the issues in one go. They fixed the major stuff, but the small things they never did (still have panel missing on one of the balconies). I cut my losses...
pretty much similar situation: everything was supposed to be checked, cleaned and fixed (which of course didn't happen). The curtains are mechanical as well so need replacement rails so can't even go to Ikea.

Will probably do the same and live with it. Next year when it comes to renewal probably still won't be fixed lol

welcome to Dubai :clap2:
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