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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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the landlord has obligations under the contract to provide items that must be in good repair.
There is what is right and just and then there is Dubai. If you don't like it you can leave.
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If you're new to Dubai and curtain rails are your biggest problems - you've had a touch.

Seriously, get up to Ikea, conserve your energy for something more serious that will inevitably come along.
But it is the principle of it: you pay money, you have certain expectations.
The key is that you don't pay your money in advance. If curtain rails were a deal breaker you should have held out before signing.

Glad to hear you're getting on with things though :)
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