Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 August 2019

Damac to reconsider controversial Dh20 contractor charge

The company said it was aware of objections from homeowners and tenants

A decision on the charge will be made by August 8. Antonie Robertson / The National
A decision on the charge will be made by August 8. Antonie Robertson / The National

Executives at property developer Damac will reconsider charging a Dh20 fee for workmen and cleaners entering its buildings.

Senior managers said they had listened to objections from residents who criticised the payment for being unwarranted.

Last week, dozens of tenants signed a petition claiming the move had created an “unpleasant environment” at Damac properties.

On Sunday, the company said it was rethinking the charge and will give its decision by Thursday.

“With respect to the work permit fees implemented in Damac/Loams managed property on July 31, 2019, we have listened to the concerns raised by residents and owners,” said spokesman Niall McLoughlin.

“After consulting with Real Estate Regulatory Agency and homeowners, we have decided to reconsider the work permit fee structure, and a final decision will be communicated to all by August 8.”

Last week, The National reported that security guards at Damac properties were stopping contractors from entering its buildings unless they paid the fee.

Homeowners and tenants claimed the payment on cleaners and other contractors was unfair and would most likely be passed on to residents.

They also said the fee appeared to have been introduced while most tenants were away on holiday, meaning fewer people could object.

“It looks like they have timed it to ensure that most of the homeowners are out of the country so there will be less of a protest," said Antoine Abdelnour, 37, who lives in Marina Terrace in Dubai Marina.

Updated: August 5, 2019 02:25 PM

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