The World's Tallest Building May Soon Be Without Elevators or A/C
Rent at the 163-story
According to The National UAE , the owner of the building-the property giant Emaar - warned tenants that it will be forced to cut electricity to the elevators and air-conditioning, as well as restrict access to amenities, over thousands of dollars of unpaid bills. The cut-off was due to happen on Sunday, but Emaar gave tenants a "reprieve" so that they could access their homes-though amenities like communal areas were cut off. "We view it as a small win for tenants that we can use the elevators but it's best to move soon," one renter told the paper. Indeed.
What's unclear is whether it's the tenants-or their landlords, who act as a go-between for the developer and individual renters-who aren't paying up. In some cases, it seems that nonpayment is a tactic that landlords use to needle developers, whom landlords see as overcharging for service fees.
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Either way, this is big trouble for the renters. Imagine, after paying tens of thousands of dollars in cash for a place to sleep inside the tallest, most luxe building on Earth, being forced to walk up the stairs. And that's not to mention the air conditioning issue; the Burj's windows don't open, and the intense gulf sun could turn the building into what basically amounts to a pressure cooker.
In conclusion, be thankful for your crappy operable windows. And the fact that your walk-up is only four stories, not 163. [ The National ]
Lead image: AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili.