Tenant Harassment in Kuwait

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Kuwait has one of the most comprehensive set of laws protecting Tenants & Renters, its very clear what you can and can’t do. You can only raise prices over a certain period and not above a certain percentage. You can set the rent price at any price when you initially rent it out to a new tent but then you are locked in and its clear process, the laws are meant to protect the Tenant be it those renting an apartment or a house.

But with laws it about how they are applied, there are still those who get away with things which are very frustrating. Recently some of the apartments were purchased by a new owner and it seems they wanted to raise the prices and make some new modifications. A lot of people have been living their over the past two decades and one of them is a friend. The new owner has been systematically getting people leave by some very shady tactics, they would cut the power every few days and blame the Ministry when there isn’t any power outages. They would cut the water hours on end and say they would send someone. They took away the guard who used to live on the ground floor and is sort of like utility guy in the building, so no one is downstairs either.

We tried to contact a few people to see what can be done to help our friend but they said it involves going to the police station then filing in court about these grievances. There isn’t a part of the Baladiya (Municipality) that handles the complaints and issues. I tried even talking to a few people I knew but they said its very hard to prove and even if you get the owner it will just get more difficult with them. I was getting very frustrated but it seems that you can cause them issues as well in court but its a very very long process.

The only thing that we could do is help the person we knew to find a better place for the same price to live in. What is sad is that they have lived there for over 20 years and suddenly to face this type of harassment is extremely frustrating, I was hoping that we could do more, but they said it simple that they want a place to live not to have to fight every day and not feel comfortable at home, I couldn’t blame them at all but I was frustrated.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

8 Comments

  1. Akbar

    This happens unfortunately, hope they found an equally spacious and homely apartment for the same price. The new apartments resemble pigeon cages more than anything else and finding a descent, spacious home is a challenge. Hope they find a good landlord at their new place, good owners of property are a blessing indeed. Best of luck.

  2. short guy

    (sigh) dont know what to say…..had to move about 4 times in the last 6-7 years cause owners want to demolish, I’m a 24 year old lebanese expat whos parent was born here l. Like I said (sigh) :/

  3. Without actual implementation, laws are no better than useless words on a sheet of paper. They need to sort this issue in Kuwait; after all, these are peoples homes we’re talking about!

    Best of luck to your friend and his family!

  4. thek5

    ok so how about we keep this as a trending topic, either through twitter or your blog and your friends blogs and lets get some awareness for this issue, maybe something will change, similar to what is happening with the ISPs, shrayik?

  5. All the best to your friend but its hard to find a decent apartment nowadays since all the news ones are 2/3rds of the original size and double the rent. :(

  6. We have sooooo much work to do… Kuwait deserves better!

  7. @Akbar – The new places do look like pigeon holes and very badly designed! Too commercial!

    @short guy – Its very very sad! I hate it when people who love Kuwait end up getting in situations like these!

    @elwehbi – Thanks! Yup! Very frustrating indeed!

    @thek5 – Its not easy because this is a subject affecting certain people and they already mentioned that they don’t want to make a big fuss, they just want to live somewhere comfortably and hamdilla they have a good new place.

    @Mathai – They pretty bad! Nobody builds quality places these days!

    @BuYousef – Very true!

  8. BuAmaan

    This issue has to be really bought to notice and has to be made aware to the Government and the Officials to find out a proper solution and form a Government Body to look after such cases.

    The harassment to the tenants is sometimes unbearable.

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