New laws on way to protect Bahrain tenants
Manama, January 19, 2010
A new unified lease law to protect tenants and landlords could be soon implemented in Bahrain, if a Shura Council bill goes ahead.
Tenancy terms vary around the country and the new bill would ensure they all follow the same basic rules.
The law is being proposed by Shura Council financial and economic affairs committee chairman Khalid Al Maskati, woman and child committee chairwoman Dalal Al Zayed and councillor Rabab Al Arrayedh.
'Currently there are nicely defined contracts in the Muharraq and Capital Governorates, which show clear rights of both the landlord and the person leasing,' said Al Maskati.
'For example, the landlord can't increase rent after the expiration of the contract by more than 10 per cent, while this doesn't exist in the three other governorates - Central, Northern and Southern.
'The Justice and Islamic Affairs has backed the introduction of the law, which it said would help ease cases related to contractual disputes.'-TradeArabia News Service