UAE: Tenant steals 12 air conditioners from villa; landlord sues for Dh100,000
The tenant had stolen the aluminium from the staircase of the villa as well.
An Abu Dhabi landlord filed a lawsuit demanding that a tenant pay Dh100,000 as compensation for stealing 12 split-unit air conditioners as well as aluminium staircase bannisters from a villa belonging to the owner.
According to a report on Al Bayan, the complainant indicated in his lawsuit that the defendant stole the items while moving out from the property. The Abu Dhabi Criminal Court convicted the accused and ordered him to be deported after payment of legal fees.
The complainant then addressed the civil court in order to obtain compensation. An expert, appointed by the court, found that the landlord did not submit any invoices or documents supporting his claim, and that the villa had old assets in it.
He estimated the value of the stolen items before use at Dh55,108 and valued them after use at Dh13,777. The property owner agreed with the expert’s conclusion.
Based on the evidence, the court ruled that the former tenant pay Dh13,777 in compensation, as well as legal expenses.
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