Important Facts to Know
Mistry reveals that the pandemic can make your position as a tenant stronger. He also advises you to remember that ultimately – a landlord does not want an empty property that they need to fill, especially now.
It is also worth noting that Abu Dhabi and Dubai governments temporarily suspended all eviction judgments at the start of the outbreak, in an attempt to ease the minds of residential and commercial tenants.
If You're Taking the Legal Route
"Pursuing the legal route in light of the pandemic is possible but risky. The "hardship" argument relies on the court imposing a change to the contractual obligation. While possible, this will involve additional costs. Relying on force majeure arguments are even less likely to help," Mistry explains.
"The out-of-court route is certainly cheaper and allows for negotiation, which can lead to the specific outcome you want," reveals Mistry. Who adds that it is essential to remember that you are (one of) the landlord's sources of income. The pandemic has made you, the tenant, harder to replace, as people will not be willing to create commitments in uncertain times.
Do your homework, prepare your best arguments, remember that you do have some power in the negotiation – even if it might not feel that way, and remind the landlord that you are a good tenant. If you follow these tips, it should boost your chances of securing a successful outcome.
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