City tycoon, UAE embassy in rent row

The United Arab Emirates has threatened to ban businessman Karim Hirji from entry to the country and also institute legal action against him if he fails to refund $90,000 (shs243m) in one week.

In a protest note to the ministry of Foreign Affairs, the dispute arises from Mr Hirji’s Imperial Estates flouting a tenancy agreement with the embassy.

The embassy said it occupied Mr Hirji’s property at Plot 12 Summit View, Kololo since 2011 and had paid upfront up to the end of this year. However, in January the embassy issued a mandatory six-month-notice to Mr Hirji informing him it would vacate his house in June.

The embassy claims that the tenancy agreement stated that the two parties inform each other six months prior to termination of the contract. Mr Hirji is now being accused of failing to refund the unutilised rent.

On November 4, the Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Charles Ssentongo wrote to Mr Hirji offering to mediate. When contacted, Mr Hirji acknowledged that the embassy was his tenant but claimed he had not been served with the said protest letter.

“They are my tenants but I have not received any letter from them,” he said before hanging up.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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