SEWA doubles deposits for some consumers

SHARJAH - The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has doubled security deposits for some consumers, dealing a financial blow to residents already reeling under sky-rocketing rents.

By Afkar Abdullah And Asma Ali Zain

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Published: Fri 16 Feb 2007, 9:32 AM

Last updated: Tue 31 Jan 2023, 4:30 PM

With effect from January, SEWA customers, who consume more electricity and water than what is worth the amount of their security deposit that they had given to the authority while renting a flat, will now have to pay double the amount on renewal of contracts.

"Deposits for electricity and water consumption have been doubled for some consumers in Sharjah," said Abdul Rahman Rashid Al Salman, Head of the Media Section, SEWA.

He, however, said the 100 per cent increase in deposits charged by SEWA is only applicable to residents who are consuming more electricity and water than what is worth their security deposits.

As per the new rule, for a two-bedroom flat, the deposit has been increased from Dh1,000 to Dh2,000. For one bedroom, it has been increased from Dh500 to Dh1,000 while for studio flats, residents will now have to pay Dh500 as deposit. "The deposit is refundable for those who do not have outstanding dues while vacating an apartment," said the official.

Al Salman said SEWA has taken this decision after several residents vacated their apartment without clearing their dues. "These are bigger amounts than the deposits they paid at the time of installation."

Mahmood Abbas, who stays in a two-bedroom apartment in Abu Shagara, said, "I learnt about the increase after my watchman informed me that I would be required to pay more money as security deposit on renewal of my tenancy contract."

"I pay my bills regularly and it never crosses the deposit amount, then why am I being asked to block my money?" he asked.

“The day-to-day expenses have increased manifold in the emirate. First rents, then school and transport fee, now an increase in deposits,” said Sandhya Murli, a resident of Sharjah.

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