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Service fee hike in Lakes.

Residents in The Lakes are furious with developer Emaar for hiking service fees in the community by more than 20 per cent this year.

"I was shocked to see my invoice this year. My annual maintenance charge has shot up from Dh7,546 to Dh9,350, marking a 23 per cent fee hike. This is not right as the overall upkeep of the community has been deteriorating," said resident Deepak Mehra.

"Everyday when I walk around the community, I see dog poop lying around. Areas within the community is looking bare after Emaar felled hundreds of infected palm trees last year. Why should we pay more fees when the community needs improvement?", asked Mehra.

The Lakes, one of the four residential communities in Emirates Living area, has over 600 villas.

Currently, the service charge in the community is Dh3.4 per square foot per annum from Dh2.4 last year. A breakdown of the fees shows a huge jump in the master community levy from Dh0.69 last year to Dh1.17 now. The capital reserve fund for the community also jumped a 100 per cent from 0.2 last year to 0.49. Similarly, the general fund related to operating and administrative expenses has gone up to Dh 1.74 from 1.53 last year.

Another resident Charlotte said she too is very upset with the service fee hike. "Last year, I paid Dh13,500 for my yearly maintenance. My new invoice reads a service charge of Dh16,800. I live in the Maeen neighbourhood and the lighting here is very poor. For sometime now we have been asking the developer to fix more street lamps as a lot of people go for a walk and a jog in the night. But nothing has been done so far. I am also upset that the infected trees in The Lakes which were brought down last year have still not been replaced with healthy ones. As a result the community is looking bare. There is not one flowering plant in the vicinity. Even worse, those of us who kept flower pots in the entrances were asked to remove them by the developer. To top it, when I see a 20 per cent fee hike - I am shocked. I hope Emaar re-considers the fee hike," added the resident.

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Publication:XPRESS (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Apr 9, 2015
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