Tenant not wishing to pay rent

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Q: We own a house and have tenants staying there! I gave them notice to move as I wanted to move into the house. Things didn’t go as planned for me and I ended up not moving. I told the tenants that they don’t have to move anymore! They continued to stay. Now they don’t want to pay me rent fir the month saying they didn’t get deposit back from removal company and the husband had to take unpaid leave 3 days for the move. Is this allowed. Also they didn’t inform me about there plans only when I asked they said they not paying!


A: If they occupied the premises then they should pay the rental.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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