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Ruling 2194

Property that is given on rent must fulfil the following conditions [in order for the rental agreement to be valid]:
 

  1. it must be specified. Therefore, if a person says, ‘I rent one of my houses to you’, it is not correct;
  2. the person taking it on rent must see it; and if it is not ready or it is described in general terms, the person giving it on rent must describe those particulars of it that have an effect on one’s decision to rent it;
  3. it must be possible to hand over; therefore, giving on rent a horse that has run away is invalid (bāṭil) if the person taking it on rent cannot get hold of it. However, if he can get hold of it, it is valid;
  4. using the property must not result in it perishing or being destroyed; therefore, giving on rent bread, fruit, or other food stuffs for eating is not valid;
  5. the use for which the property is being hired must be possible; therefore, it is not valid to give land on rent for the purpose of farming when neither rainwater is sufficient for farming on that land nor is it irrigated by water from a river;
  6. the lessor must own the usufruct for which the property is being given on rent; if he is neither the owner, nor the agent, nor the guardian (walī), then it will only be valid if the owner consents to it.