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Tenant claiming the cost of renovations from the landlord

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1. Our tenant is withholding rent at our business premises which he has vaccated, citing that he has done some renovations and wants compensation for same. Please give shariah ruling regarding this.

2. The tenant also sublets portion of the premises and collects rent. What is the shar’ee ruling on rent collected on portion subletted. We will appreciate a mutual solution regarding this issue.



1. If he had done the renovation of his own then he is not eligible to any compensation.

2. It is permissible if he has also added to the value of the property.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

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.

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