Tenant Harassment in Kuwait


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.

More Kuwait Segregation

It seems there is a new bill passing in the parliament in Kuwait. It is now official that within the next few days a law will come to passing that all gyms have to be completely segregated. Now that the religious right has a majority in parliament they will be passing more of these kinds of laws which is very sad. It seems Kuwait keeps going backwards more everyday.

There are so many problems being faced in Kuwait, but they seem to be free enough to make ridiculous laws. We power and water issues in all the areas, our country’s infrastructure needs an overhaul, our medical services needs a major overhaul, our communication infrastructure is abysmal and no plans have been set forth to at least solve these issues over the coming period. It is very sad that we are in this state, and I wonder what else they are going to propose.

There are both mixed and segregated gyms available for people to choose from. So people do have the choice of either and it really isn’t an issue that I think parliament should be taking up.

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