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Trouble At The £1Bn Burj Khalifa Tower: Spiralling Service Costs See Landlords Falling Behind On Their Bills

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/trouble-at-the-1bn-burj-khalifa-tower-spiralling-service-costs-see-landlords-falling-behind-on-their-bills-9127085.html

Despite paying more than £40,000 a year to live in one of Dubai’s most exclusive addresses, residents are being denied access to the gym and tennis courts – and they fear the lifts in the world’s tallest building could be next

From their apartment on the 98th floor of the world’s tallest building, Mahi Golchin-Depala and her family could see far out across the Persian Gulf from one window, and the sands of Dubai inland from the other.

Below them lay the islands built on the sea in the shape of the world, in stark white relief against the aquamarine. The distinctive high rise of the coral pink Atlantis hotel and water park lay before them, its dimensions flattened by their viewpoint, nearly 800 metres up the Burj Khalifa tower.

“The most amazing thing was when it was cloudy. You would be just surrounded by white. You could open the windows and literally touch the clouds,” she says.

The people of Dubai are naturally proud of this tall, elegant sliver of glass, steel and concrete, jabbing the sky above the desert city. It is, famously, the tallest building in the world, in one of the fastest growing cities on the planet.

But for many of the residents in its 1,000 super-chi-chi apartments, the “white-glove” service for which the Burj is famed is falling well below their hopes. Especially after paying a rent which hovers around £40,000 a year for two-bedrooms, or more for a view of the fountains at its base (the world’s biggest, naturally). Because, according to local reports this week, some have been finding their keycards will not gain them access to facilities like the gym, the pool, the tennis courts. Some residents fear even the lifts may soon be out of bounds – no joke for those living on the 98th floor.

At issue is the fact that the building’s owner, Emaar, has been finding some of the apartments’ owners have not been keeping up with the maintenance bills. Having given them “repeated reminders”, Emaar says, some have still not paid their dues, so now, access to communal services is being withdrawn.

Ms Golchin-Depala, who owns several apartments in the building, points out that it isn’t usually the owner of the flats left having to take the stairs: “It’s the tenants who suffer,” she says. “They’re only renting but if their landlords don’t keep up with the fees, they get their access blocked.”

There has even been talk that Emaar will put up a name-and-shame list in the lobby listing all those who are behind on their bills.

O dear.

It appears some renters have over stretched themselves....

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is it ok to feel schadenfreude about this? :D

I think so.

I suggest these renters just move out, as a renter joyfully can, and leave the BTLers to go bust.

I keep getting these glossy retirement village brochures shown to me by my parents, my first question is always "what's the annual service charge?" so now that's the first thing they're asking :) some of them were horrendous.

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I suggest these renters just move out, as a renter joyfully can, and leave the BTLers to go bust.

Difficult to move out when you live on the 98th floor and there's no lift. :lol:

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Difficult to move out when you live on the 98th floor and there's no lift. :lol:

A good excuse for the family to learn base jumping

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They should have built it lying down. Would have saved themselves a fortune.

Maybe that's designed in. When the waters come it turns into a modern day Noahs Ark.

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Book your place now.

Or not.

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