In Dubai renting a property is popular among foreign residents because not everyone can afford the purchase due to the high price. Renting is regulated by the legal framework. The Dubai Rental Law is a set of rules that both parties must adhere to an agreement
Dubai Rental Law
In the UAE violation of the current legislation is very strictly punished, so there can never be any talk of illegal rental of housing. All rights and obligations of the landlord and tenant are governed by RERA (an institution of the Dubai Lands Department) through Legislative Decree No. 26 (2007) and No. 33 (2008). In the event of disputes, force majeure and conflicts, the parties to the agreement are required to contact the RDSC.
By law all rental transactions must be recorded on the portal of the Ejari system.
The rights of the landlord are spelled out in the law in articles 15-18. According to the articles, a person providing housing for rent is obliged to:
- To transfer the apartment / villa for rent in a proper and habitable condition. Upon transfer, he is obliged to give his permission for the use and possession of property within the framework of the current legislation.
- Timely perform their duties to eliminate technical problems in housing. Responsibilities also include repairs to the property. But this point has a nuance: the owner of the apartment can make repairs only if this does not negatively affect the use of the property by the tenant.
If a person renting a property wants to make repairs on his own, then the owner is obliged to provide him with all the documents and papers necessary for this.
The rights of the tenant in Dubai are more extensive. When renting a home, a person always makes a deposit which is returned at the end of the contract. If the landlord does not want to return it, the tenant has the right to apply to the commission on rental disputes. According to Art. 21, the leased property must be transferred to the owner in the same condition as at the beginning of the lease. Tax fees and contributions are paid directly by the person who rents the accommodation. After the transfer of real estate, he is obliged to dismantle all changes in the apartment made by him during his stay in it.
After choosing a suitable option and agreeing on a price both parties sign an agreement that clearly spells out the terms, conditions, obligations and obligations of both parties, as well as the rental price. It must be signed in the presence of a third party – an independent witness.
The term for renting real estate is agreed individually by the parties. Renewal is carried out automatically under the following conditions:
- The parties have no claims.
- The tenant lives in a rented apartment/villa.
When deciding to leave the apartment before the period agreed and prescribed in the contract, the owner reserves the right to withhold the full amount for the rent. Early termination of the contract in the UAE is an extremely rare occurrence, therefore it is not prescribed by law but a person renting a property is advised to notify the owner at least 3 months in advance.
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