Everything you need to know about EJARI
Moving to Dubai comes with its own complexities. From Visa to accommodation, everything has its own rules and regulations. One of the biggest challenges that people face when they come to Dubai is finding the right apartments or villas to rent. We often see expats getting overwhelmed by the whole process as they are not aware of the jargons that are used in the real estate contracts in Dubai. One such word is Ejari. Ejari is one those words that are quite commonly used in the real estate circles of Dubai yet many expats don’t really understand what Ejari really is. If you’re also one of those, that don’t fully understand what Ejari is, then you’re at the right place.
What is EJARI ?
Ejari is an Arabic term which literally translates to “my rent”. In practical, it is the name of the system that regulates and handles the registration of each tenancy contract in Dubai.
Launched in 2007, It’s a Real Estate Regulation Authority(RERA) initiative which falls under the provisions of “Law 26 of 2007 by RERA”.
Anyone who is renting a property in Dubai, it is mandatory for them to have their rental contracts for properties to be registered through the Ejari portal. The primary purpose of Ejari is to ensure that the interests and legal rights of all people involved in the tenancy contract are protected and to try and avoid any potential disputes between the landlord and tenant by streamlining everything.
Once you register your contract on the Ejari portal, you get a unique Ejari number. Without your unique Ejari number you can’t get access to electricity, water, internet or phone connections.
The next thing you must be thinking is how to register your Ejari ?
How to Register Ejari ?
Although the responsibility of registering the Ejari rests with the tenant and landlord, usually the tenant picks up the Ejari fees and completes the process. The way of registration is either online through the Ejari portal or offline through government approved centres. Ejari office timings are 9am till 5 pm from Sunday to Thursday. For the offline process, the Ejari registration fees comes out to be 220 AED ( including VAT). For the online registration, the fees comes down to 170 AED.
Documents required for registering
These are the documents that you’ll need for the registration of your Ejari contract:-
- Tenant’s passport (for non- GCC countries nationals)
- Tenant’s UAE visa (for non- GCC countries nationals)
- Tenant’s emirates ID
- Tenancy contract (Original signed)
- Recent DEWA bill and previous Ejari, in case you’re renewing
- Title deeds of the rented property
- In case of commercial entities, trade license is also required.
- Landlord’s passport copies
Once you’re done with the registration, you will be provided a unique Ejari number along with your official Ejari contract. The Ejari number will be used for registration of DEWA account.
We hope that this made you familiar with the term Ejari and what’s it used for.