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Villa maintenance | Who is responsible

ask louiseQuestionI have been an expat living in Dubai for the last 2 years and I am having trouble with my landlord when it comes to maintenance and repairs of my villa.
My main concern is the Air Conditioning which is in such an unhealthy condition.
I just need to know if I have any legal rights against these guys to get this sorted out or not?

AnswerOur  preferred partners in real estate,  1Step Properties have investigated this with RERA who state “In general, it is the landlord’s responsibility as this is part of the major maintenance. The only exception is, if its expressly mentioned in the contract that the client will handle it and both parties agreed on this.”  RERA is the government department where you should take up all rental disputes.

However, from my experience many landlords put in clauses such as amounts under AED 500 should be paid by tenant – if your contract has this do check how much the cleaning would cost.  To keep an air-conditioning unit in good working order they should be cleaned at least twice a year.

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