Q: Is it permissible to include in a lease agreement with a commercial tenant that they will be responsible for the following:
1) Monthly municipal rates which will be billed by the Municipality to the landlord. These charges will be passed on to the tenant.
2) If at any time during the lease agreement there are any increases by the municipality in rates, the tenant will also be liable for such increase.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.