Sixty families without power in Abu Dhabi after landlord’s outstanding bill

Abu Dhabi Distribution Company disconnected water and power services because the landlord had failed to settle an outstanding amount of Dh127,000 to ADDC in fees over the past four months.
Villas complex in Khalifa A without the electricity and water. Courtesy Al Ittihad
Villas complex in Khalifa A without the electricity and water. Courtesy Al Ittihad

ABU DHABI // Sixty families in a residential complex in Khalifa City A have been living without power and water for the past four days after having their services disconnected because of an unpaid bill by the landlord.

Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) disconnected services because the landlord had failed to settle an outstanding amount of Dh127,000 to ADDC, reported Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister newspaper of The National.

Residents at The House complex, many with young children studying for exams, and babies, have been forced to resort to candles and battery-powered lamps for light. They buy their water daily from local shops.

ADDC said it was implementing a court order, regardless of its effect on these families. The investor on the lease contracts was contacted by Al Ittihad but did not respond.

ADDC said Dh90,000 must be paid before they will restore power. Residents are organising collections, but so far have raised only Dh27,000.

An ADDC official said it had taken a measure against one of its customers according to a judicial decision issued against him. The official acknowledged the residents’ hardships but said ADDC had yet to receive any notice to reconnect the services, but promised that it was willing to review the situation.

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Published: December 10, 2014 04:00 AM

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