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I have a house in Pakistan that is on rent but rent is used by my brother and I am not taking any money from it. Is zakat due on house/rent?
Praise be to Allah.
Let me assume for clarity that you are settled in Canada, so that the house in Pakistan is really an extra one (probably you used to live in it or you bought it for investment). If your brother lives in it I would have no problem at all and I would not hesitate that the house is not subject to Zakah.
The house is presently an investment property whereby its utility is taken by your brother (I assume he needs it for his family expenditure not that he is saving it for you). In this case it is a family house which is not subject to zakah.
If it were an investment property intended for rent or for increase in price, the house would be subject to Zakah as an investment property. You need to evaluate it every year at market price (assuming you want to sell it) and calculate and pay its Zakah on its market value at the rate of 2.5% and repeat the same every lunar year whereby the first year begins on the day you acquired it and ends 354 days later.
The rent, if kept or invested shall be included in your cash or other investment items which are subject to Zakah. In other words as rent it is not subject to Zakah but as cash or investment whatever balance left is subject to Zakah.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Dr. Monzer Kahf
Question Date: 2011-07-30
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