I am a tenant of the Torch Tower. And since the fire, I don’t want to return there

Question:

Hello, I am a tenant of the Torch Tower. And since the fire, I don’t want to return there. My landlord says I can not break the lease and I need 3 months notice. Is there a specific format letter I should send him, and is there a way I can get out of the lease sooner? I already rented another place.

Answer:

Thank you for your enquiry.

You do not mention whether your property was damaged in the fire or not. If it wasn’t damaged but you still prefer to move out, then I’m afraid you have to abide by the terms of your tenancy agreement. For not wishing to renew you have to let the landlord know 90 days before the expiration of the agreement. If however you wish to vacate mid way though your contract, there could be penalties that the landlord can impose for breaking the lease. This is normally 2 months’ rent so please check your tenancy agreement.

As far as is there a specific format letter sadly there is no such example. I would explain your situation/case to your landlord and try to negotiate as best as you can to come up with a mutually amicable solution.

I hope this has helped.

The above answer has been brought to you by Mario Volpi who is the Managing Director of Ocean View Real Estate in Dubai. Mario has 30 years of property industry experience in Dubai and London.

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