Saudi: Tenants to face travel ban for nonpayment of rent

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About 18,700 cases have been filed against tenants who failed to pay rents of houses or business buildings in the past eight months with the number of cases filed daily reaching 88, Al-Eqtisadiah Arabic newspaper reported.

Such cases represented 7.6 percent of total cases being looked into by preliminary courts across the Kingdom, the paper said. The offenders will be prevented from traveling abroad, it added.

Rent nonpayment cases filed against malls, shops and other business establishments account for 60 percent of these cases.

The report came as the Justice Ministry, in coordination with the Passport Department, gave executive judges adequate powers to prevent people delaying payment of rents to stop them from traveling abroad. The measure would be applied immediately, the paper reported.

The ministry said it would continue to prevent people who have delayed or failed to honor the rights of others from traveling abroad, in coordination with the Interior Ministry. “Executive judges have also started freezing bank accounts of those who delay clearing financial obligations, in coordination with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA),” the official said.

“The freezing of accounts can be done within minutes,” he pointed out.


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