I have been an expat nearly all my life. I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland but my early years were spent on the Caribbean Island of Trinidad. As a family, we relocated back to the UK for a few years but the call of expat life was never too far away and we once again relocated this time to Hong Kong. I returned to Scotland to finish my education and attend University where I met my husband who had also been an expat child and after a few years of doing the 9 to 5 job in the UK we returned to Hong Kong, moved to the Philippines and then 15 years ago ended up in Dubai.
1) Is there a law (not sure if its 26 or 33) that a landlord can only hike at 2 years interval. If so, how effective is it?
2) If I opt for rent according to RERA rental calculator, the landlord is threatening that he will put a clause that contract is non-renewable and I will have to vacate next year.
3) Could you also advise any official website for the above. Read more
Please can you help me suggest a few nurseries for my baby who is due in August this year. Because of work commitments I will need to place him in Nursery at the beginning of his 4th month. We are moving to Jumeirah Village Circle in a few weeks and I work in Tecom (Barsha side) so wondered if you could suggest a few places to look at. Read more
Hi Louise, we are a British family in desperate need of advice. We rented a furnished house in Jumeirah Village Triangle two years ago. We have a small puppy and a baby. The furniture was of bad quality and when it came to the end of our two years when we were ready to move on we told the landlord we would like to leave. She had visited two months before and told us that the property was in good nick. However, it has come to discussing our deposit (AED 7000) and they are now saying they want all of it plus more due to damages. We admit to breaking a lamp and plates and glasses but AED 7000 worth?? She says that the garden furniture we need to replace as its broken, the mattress has a small stain on it and needs to be replaced (the list goes on). They also say that we need to pay two months extra rent as we are in breech of our contract. This means we need to pay AED 28000 they say if we don’t pay we will be taken to court and could then have to pay for their lawyers fees if we loose. As they have these picture of the items we have damaged in the property we are scared they will win. They say as we had a dog we are in trouble too. Read more