Is a 99 year lease permissible? 

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Q. Many Muslims purchase flats in Saudi Arabia on a 99 year lease. Is it allowed for Muslims to lease out flats and take out flats leases for such lengthy periods?

A. In principle, it is permissible for a lessor/landlord to lease a flat/property to a lessee/tenant on fixed short-term period or long-term period. Hence, a ninety-nine year lease agreement between lessor and lessee will also be permissible. (Al-Mabsoot 15/132)

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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

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