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Burj Khalifa tenants face brunt of unpaid fees row

The world's tallest building has residences from floor 19 to 108.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai.

Unpaid service fees by apartment owners in Burj Khalifa have caused its developer, Emaar, to block residents’ access to certain facilities in the world’s tallest building, according to a report in The National.

Emaar had threatened to cut access to facilities and utilities on Saturday if landlords didn’t meet the deadline to pay their outstanding service fees. While tenants have had their access revoked for gyms and pools in the building, they have still been able to use its elevators to reach their homes, which are located between floors 19 and 108 in the tower.

Air-conditioning for the apartments hasn’t been switched off either.

Given the uncertainty about when these issues between Emaar and their landlords would subside, some tenants at the Burj Khalifa have decided to look for new residences for themselves.

“We have asked for an extension of facilities, since we have paid our rent in full,” said a Burj Khalifa resident. “We view it as a small win for tenants that we can use the elevators, but it’s best to move soon.”

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