Tenancy Laws – rent

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To secure a rental property tenants have to follow certain guidelines in Dubai. First is documentation, passport and residence visa copy, if your company will take over the lease for you trade license, the residence visa of the head of the company as well. It would be expected that the tenant holds a UAE bank account to hand over post-dated cheques to guarantee rental payments, unless the rent is paid upfront all at once. A bounced cheque constitutes a criminal offence in the UAE.

We will make sure you have all your documents in order. The rental agreement should be registered with EJARI – the authorities electronic rental register, we will take care of that for you.

Then all the tenant needs to do is to reasonably look after the property and pay rent on time and above all enjoy their new home until it is up for renewal. The notice period for renewal is three months before the end date of the contract that is when the tenant has to decide whether he wants to stay or move out. Per law it is not possible to interrupt a rent contract in the midst of the rental term. However, some landlords agree to it asking for a penalty payment, of usually two months rent.

  • At the same time should your landlord ask for an increase in rent it is advisable to check RERA’s rental increase calculator on Dubai’s land department ‘Property Gate’, where one can find out whether he is entitled to an increase. http://www.dubailand.gov.ae/English/Tanzeem/Rentals/Rental_Increase_Calculator.aspx
  • This portal also provides a link to the tenancy laws, which sets out the rules and regulations for tenants and landlords:http://www.dubailand.gov.ae/English/Tashjee/RulesandRegulations/Law%2033.pdf
  • Furthermore for tenants Decree No. 2 of 2011 is of interest in terms of rental increaseshttp://altamimi.newsweaver.ie/Newsletter/1ne0fslmzol