MP Abdullah Al-Tameemi proposed yesterday that the government should impose a cap on rents, which have seen a steep rise in the past few months.
Tameemi proposed an amendment to the 1978 rents law in which rents are calculated on the basis of KD 5 per square meter, provided that a room’s rent should not exceed KD 50 and that of a studio not more than KD 100, while other utilities are free. Based on Tameemi’s proposal, the monthly rent of a two-bedroom apartment should not exceed KD 200 while its market rate is KD 400 and more. A three-bedroom flat should have a rent of KD 250, while current rent now exceeds KD 500.
Meanwhile, HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah will open the new parliamentary term today with a speech expected to focus on calls for cooperation amid what appears to be political calm in the country.
But the term opens amid rumors that the government plans to revoke the citizenship of a lawmaker for allegedly obtaining the nationality on the basis of false documents. MP Faisal Al-Shemmari said that the rumors were baseless and were made in the past and he had denied them, insisting that his citizenship is legitimate.