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Fri 20 Apr 2007 03:17 PM

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Abu Dhabi bares teeth at greedy landlords

Rent Dispute Settlement Committee demonstrates stomach for fight against soaring housing prices.

Soaring rents in Abu Dhabi are being kept in check by a government agency that has shown its determination to act against greedy landlords.

Caps on rent increases have been in force in the Abu Dhabi and Dubai this year, but expatriate tenants fear that they are not being implemented.

That fear may be allayed today with news that the Rent Dispute Settlement Committee in Abu Dhabi has stepped in to support tenants whose rent was being hiked by 60%.

The Committee stepped in when tenants complained that they had been told to accept the rent rise or face eviction at the end of their tenancy agreement.

Committee Chairman Counsellor Mohammed Rashid Al Hamili said that the massive increase was illegal and ordered the rent on three apartments to be dropped from Dhs55,000 to Dhs36,000.Rents increases in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are capped at 7% for this year.

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