Nakheel, Dubai-based master developer, has warned property owners in Discovery Gardens to pay their outstanding building service charges within 15 days, or else face disruption of utilities and services.
In a notice put across some of the buildings in Discovery Gardens, the master developer said: “This is to inform you that a number of unit owners in your building have failed to pay building service charges and thus accumulating building service charges (covering the period up to September 30, 2010).”
“Payment for the building service charges made by unit owners who paid on time were paid to utility and service provider. However, due to accumulation of building service charges, payment has not been made to utilities and services for certain billing period(s), which may result in disruption of services as well as services provided by third party suppliers with no fault of Discovery Gardens Co Llc.”
The notice said owners are requested to pay the outstanding building service charges within 15 days from the date of the letter (June 9) and without further delay in order to avoid disruption of the above mentioned services.
It added that failure to pay building service charges on time is a violation of the law and the unit owner is fully liable for all the consequences.
Emirates 24|7 did not receive any response from Nakheel to its queries till the time of publication.
On March 5, this website had reported that Nakheel was contemplating taking legal action against property owners who were not paying service charges.
“We are following Rera’s guidelines and regulations through the owners’ association registration process – this is a process that embraces legal mechanisms to protect the interests of all property owners by dealing with defaulters,” a company spokesman had said.
Although the company earlier refused to divulge the total amount of unpaid service charges, industry sources said the figure is quite high.
DM, who owns two apartments in Discovery Gardens, said he has not got any notice from the developer although he admitted that he hasn’t paid service charges for quite some time.
“There has been no communication from them so far… my tenant has just informed me of the notice and I will look into the matter. I, as an owner, haven’t got any notice from them master developer.”
M Suresh, a resident of Discovery Gardens for past two years, said: “I just saw the notice yesterday and have informed my landlord. We are paying our rent and Dewa bills on time. If the water or power connection is disconnected, where do I go in this summer with my nine-month-old baby. I hope they find some solution.”