Dubai Consumer Mirror

Monday, February 05, 2007

Question - Landlord

I found out today that the landlord of our new apartment in Dubai gets to keep a spare key of our front door. I know its morally wrong .. but is it legal, anyone?

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  • Actually is very common over here in the USA. They use it for emergencies.
    I wouldn't worry about it if I were you, because if anything happened they'd be the first to be asked. So they know and wouldn't dare do anything.

    It only takes you to lock your self out ONCE or lose your key for you to feel good about it .. I know I did :)

    By Anonymous qwaider قويدر, at February 5, 2007 at 9:47 PM  

  • I would presume that the landlord always kept a spare key.

    You could change the locks, but I think that you'd break your tenancy agreement if you did that. Some of them have a clause in them that you can't change the lock, or if you do, you have to notify the landlord of the change.

    By Blogger nzm, at February 5, 2007 at 11:15 PM  

  • what would happened if you lost your keys?


    what would happened if something needed fixing and you were abroad?

    By Blogger BuJ, at February 6, 2007 at 12:34 PM  

  • Man actually its thier right to a have a spare of key of your apartment coz their are the one who own's it....... start doubting if your landlord have a spare key of your vault or any important belongings....... just relax and evrything is normal ayt!

    By Blogger rvn D great, at February 6, 2007 at 1:21 PM  

  • This is normal here. My family rent out property in London and in Phili and we have keys to each and every flat...after all it is our property and not theirs.

    I rent a room in Sharjah when I am away from Dubai for long periods and my landlord has a key as well.

    Its fine.

    By Blogger A Yahya, at February 6, 2007 at 5:18 PM  

  • Once he's popped in for an impromptu visit and caught you in the bath, he won't be back ;)


    By Blogger secretdubai, at February 7, 2007 at 12:30 AM  

  • Yep. Normal. But usually the landlord has a master key that will open all flats.
    Anyway, if there is a water leak etc then I imagine they would need to access without your permission. I do not know if that is legal, but in the situation who cares?

    By Blogger CG, at February 7, 2007 at 1:40 PM  

  • True ... I agree with all of you. me still thinks its a bad idea though..

    Oh well.. I am buying next year anyways. :P

    By Blogger moryarti, at February 8, 2007 at 1:17 AM  

  • mr M.. inshalla 3ala kheir.
    remember when u buy always give a spare key to a friend (not relative lol) for those odd times when you really need it...

    trust me.. if i did it in certain situations it would have saved me a lot of grief!

    By Blogger BuJ, at February 11, 2007 at 3:13 PM  

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