Ok, now let me discuss my thoughts on Kuwait's archaic tenancy law: It sucks.
There is rampant discrimination (because landlords CAN because there are NO LAWS AGAINST IT).
- Single woman (of any nationality/race)? You're a prostitute. Forget about the apartment, whore!
- Single man (of any nationality/race)? You party all night and bring in prostitutes (who don't have their own apartments because no one will rent to them). You will also make it a "den of vice" bringing in gambling and alcoholism and possibly even drugs. The landlord's daughters are not safe. You are The Devil.
- Kuwaiti single man or woman: Forget it. You're just shit out of luck. Why don't you live with your family? Something is wrong with you! Why doesn't your father want you at home? What did you do?
- Kuwaiti families? No way. You will trash the apartment and make noise all night, and your kids will run around screaming and marking up all the walls, and your entire family will leave all your shoes in the hallway (ok, that last part is true, regardless. I'm still going around hunting for pairs of size 9 Jimmy Choos, but all I'm finding are crappy slippers).
So, what do you see in ALL the ads? "Westerners only". And even if you see "Foreigners Only" it still means "Westerners" because if you are from many other countries of the world (and there are a few more), they'll just turn up their nose at you like you're going to be consistently late on your rent or divide their property into many little cells (with corrugated steel walls) so that you can sublet to your hundred friends and all of y'alls will cook fish 24/7 (I like fish, by the way.)
Housing discrimination. In the US it is a crime. It should be a crime here.
There should be a proper tenancy law to protect both the landlord and the renters PROPERLY. There should be rent caps and anti-discrimination clauses. (I've been looking for the Kuwait Tenancy Law online and I haven't been able to find one. I've got a book called "Everything You Need to Know About Kuwaiti Laws" which contains the law. I got it at Muthanna Book Store ages ago.)
Anyhooser, people are starting to talk about update of the Kuwait Tenancy Law since rents are skyrocketing (also known as GREED) and everybody here is suffering; even the greedy who have lots of empty apartments (known as the "cut off your nose to spite your face" method of property ownership. They would rather have it empty for a year and half than to come down off that magical number - like 900kd for a 2 bedroom "ultra deluxe" (by whose standard???) apartment.
So what do you do? Set up a tent? No, because the frickin Municipality has some kind of mental telepathy and can tell when anyone is even close to passing wind on or around government land. It is called, "encroaching". They have bulldozers (brought in by quiet and stealth black helicopters when no one ever sees/hears them); they appear from nowhere with one extremely mean guy in a distasha who barks non-sensical things and waves papers frantically; Scares the shit out of you. It is meant to daze and confuse. So just forget the tent idea. It isn't going to work. Oh, all this paragraph also pertains to planting seedlings and/or flowers or foliage. Just pop in a petunia anywhere and see what I mean; black helicopters and bulldozers, my friends. Yup. You heard it from me.