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Collateral Damage

Maintenance is key to improving the reputation of the UAE’s property sector. Why isn’t more attention being paid to the upkeep of popular developments?

March 22, 2011 3:34 by

The landlord for the villas, which aren’t by no means inexpensive, with rents ranging from $23,000-$35,000 (AED85,000-AED130,000) a year, claims the partitions are both legal and municipality approved. Yet now the 40 odd residents who moved into the complex within the last four months are forced to evacuate their homes to make way for the municipality to tear down the partitions in the complex (residents apparently made a “human barricade” in front of the utility room to prevent the power being cut).

And what would any shoddy maintenance story be, had we not found a way to sneak in some kind Sharjah power-cut reference? Not that Kipp has an agenda of any kind, but it just so happens that the  Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has received instructions from Sharjah ruler Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi to “initiate measures for early preparation to meet growing demand for water and power supplies in the coming summer season.”

From stagnant pools of water to water and power cuts and forced evictions for $27,000 (AED100,000) partitioned villas, these incidents do little to boost the property sector’s already severely cracked reputation. While stories of property disputes in the Palm Jumeriah surface and eventually saturate the papers, developers would do well to pay closer attention to the maintenance and upkeep of their property.

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