A small two-storey residential building in Doha’s old Airport locality has changed owners twice in as many years. The original owner of the building, a woman, had been fighting court cases for rent increase with at least two of her four tenants, for a number of years, when last year, she suddenly got an offer from a fellow Qatari to buy the property despite the litigations.

All the owner did was assign an employee, who looked after her property, to paint a for sale announcement on the building’s outer wall with his mobile number. The litigating tenants righted the advertisement and removed it, fearing someone might actually come forward and make an offer for purchase. Someone did indeed see the offer and contacted the landlady’s agent, and a deal was struck immediately.

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