The Key Money Situation



My wife and I have been house hunting for the past year or so but we still haven’t found one a suitable one. Initially the problem was that they were either too small or not within easy access of the main roads.

Recently we’ve come across a new problem and that’s the demand from existing tenants for a hefty bribe so that we can move into an apartment. We’ve been calling up advertisers on an Indian forum here but the so called ‘Key money’ demands range from 750 KD to 1500 KD. One guy we called up last week was asking for 1500 for an empty apartment just for the reason that he thought it was a premium apartment.

Now I’m against being forced into buying someone’s shit if I have to get an apartment but when I decided to compromise on that I’m now facing this new key money/ bribe issue. So in short I’d be looking at a total expenditure of about 2000 KD just to move into an empty apartment in Kuwait. Some people have taken a stand against this by complaining to the owners and getting them to vacate the premises in one month or as per the rent agreement but the situation now is widespread and seems to be prevalent only among Indians. I guess my next option would be to move into a neighborhood where there are no Indians or look for apartments not previously rented by Indians. – Quick Look

I came across this website today, its another portal for NRI’s in Kuwait. The home page looks very busy and you’re overwhelmed with the amount of information that vying for your attention. Being a relatively new website they seem to have a lot of content and its organized into various menus.

The Q&A section seems to be a little more advanced than the other popular Indian website but I had a problem while posting an answer to one of the questions. I don’t know if it was a problem with my browser or their plugin but didn’t check it again as I was pressed for time. Overall I think they’ve done a decent job and I wish them success. [link]