5 Things To Know About Rental Laws In UAE

One of the most important things to know when you decide to move to the UAE, rental prices and laws are not the same throughout the 7 emirates. They all make their own regulations so if you know Dubai’s rental laws, you cannot apply them to Abu Dubai.

This means that you have to do rental research for the specific emirate you want to live in. Living in any of the 7 emirates is beneficial as the housing market throughout the UAE is very strong.

The second thing to know is that the different UAE governments are making new laws all the time to avoid the problems that came with the 2008 market crash. You need to stay current on the laws to make sure you know what you are to do.

Tenant Rights Dubai

There are some rights that you should know about as a potential tenant in this city. Here is a list of about 4 of them to get you on the right track. To learn more contact the RERA or visit their website:

  1. The property you want to rent has to be in good living condition. Plus, it has to be safe and hygienic.
  2. If a security deposit is required, that same amount of money must be refunded when the rental agreement ends
  3. The landlord is only allowed to raise the rent if they give 90 days’ notice
  4. The sale of the property does not end the tenancy agreement. Renters have the right to continue living in the apartment with the transfer of ownership.

It is important for you to understand the RERA rental rights and rules so you won’t be confused as to what you or the landlord are legally allowed to do. Also, the rules are very strict and can be strictly enforced. Make sure you can abide by all the rules before you sign the rental agreement.

Then make sure you have enough money in your bank account to cover your rental check. If you don’t you can go to jail or pay a fine. This is serious business in the UAE so watch your Ps and Qs.

RERA Rent Increase Law

There is a rent index that your landlord has to abide by. This index is set and created by RERA and it can be strictly enforced as well.

  1. Landlords cannot raise the rent on a whim. If yours does you can file a case to solve the matter.
  2. Rental increases must follow the rental index. Those regulations are as follows:

• If your rent is less than 10% less than the average market rental value of similar apartments, etc., your landlord cannot raise your rent

• If your rent is between 11 and 20% of the same, your landlord can increase your rent by 5%

• If your rent is 20 to 30% less for the same, then your landlord can increase your rent by 10%.

• If your rent is 30 to 40% less, then your landlord is free to increase your rent by 15%

• If anything more than 40% less, your landlord can increase your rent by 20%

One more important rule you should know about is that your landlord can only evict you by giving you a 1 year written notice. This notice should be notarized and sent by registered mail.

You must be notified of a sale of the property with a 12-month notice as well.

Rent Increase Notice Dubai

There are some little details about this situation that are not discussed in the previous section. One is that if you do not get a 90-day notice, you can reject the rental increase.

This makes it important to record the date that the rental increase notice was delivered to you. That date starts the 90-day clock. Another detail to watch out for is when you get the new rental contract, look it over carefully.

Sometimes landlords make changes in the agreement that may not sit well with you. If you do not agree with those changes you can file a case with the Rent Disputes Settlement Centre at the Dubai Land Department(DLD).

The new law that governs rental increases came into effect in 2013 and so far no revisions have been made to this law. It is called Decree #43 and you should be familiar with this law before you file your case.

Knowing the law will protect you from bad landlords and situations.

Requirements For Renting A Flat In Dubai

One of the requirements is to make sure you can abide by the rigid rental laws that govern this part of the Dubai real estate industry. Look them all over and do not skim them as the rental laws are done according to UAE culture and not western culture.

The second requirement is to make sure you can meet the rental payment demands of the landlord. Rental payments are not always made monthly and some landlords ask for a full year’s worth of rent upfront. Or you may have to make a two-part payment that splits the year’s rent up into two amounts.

Failure to pay will have you end up in trouble with the law. The third requirement is to register for Ejari. This protects all your rights and makes sure you are legally protected.

If you need Dubai water and electric power Ejari registration is required before the Dewa (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) turns both on at your apartment.

Some Final Words

Navigating the rental laws and requirements can be overwhelming if you are new to the UAE culture. That is why you should contact our company. Our agents and our company have over 10 years of working with renters in Dubai and the UAE.

Use our knowledge and experience to make sure you get a good rental contract as well as meet all the requirements including rental payment. The last thing you want to do is run afoul of the Dubai and UAE rental laws.

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