Tenants Rights That Everyone Should Know
Leasing Dubai properties require a lot of initial awareness to avoid the stress and problems at a later stage.
As a tenant, it’s essential for you to know your rights. Here are some rights that we’ve listed that you should be aware of:
Space should be in a good condition to live in:
The space, whether it’s an apartment or villa, should be in a good condition to live in. According to the UAE law, the landlord should ensure that the tenant gets what they pay for.
Maintenance of the space:
It’s the landlord’s responsibility to look after the maintenance of the property. You can always claim if there is any leak or any damage within the property from the landlord. The landlord should ensure that all the maintenance issues are resolved within the appropriate time frame.
Usage of the property:
As stated in the contract, there should be no changes in the property that restricts you to make full use of the property.
Security deposit refund:
According to Article 20 of the law no. 26 of 2007 Dubai regulations (The rental law) as a tenant you are entitled to get the security deposit refund that you are charged while entering the lease contract. The refund is made upon the expiry of leasing contract while you’re vacating the flat.
Make sure you give at least 3 months advance notice to the owner before you vacate the flat and ensure you register your contract with Ejari as soon as you move in, so you and your landlord are legally bound.
In case the owner refuses to refund the security deposit amount despite all the important measures taken by you then you may approach The Dubai Dispute Center and file a complaint against the owner and don’t forget to carry the relevant documents including the deposit receipt with you.
Termination of the contract:
The contract cannot be terminated prematurely unless both parties have agreed. A tenant must be given enough notice period in case of any changes made on the terms of tenancy.
Exit clause is only requested where a landlord will allow the end of the tenancy in case of unforeseen circumstances like loss of job, death in the family, or any natural calamity.
RERA Rental Index:
Always check if the rate offered is feasible and realistic enough through RERA rental index. At the time of your renewal of the contract, you can easily calculate your rental increase on the Dubai Land Department official website. It will show your rental increase depending upon factors like your area and property type.
Transfer of ownership of the property:
As of Article 28, the tenancy contract has no effect even if there is a change in property ownership. In simple words, if a freehold property is transferred to a different owner your tenancy contract won’t have any effect.
These rights are essential for you as a tenant to be aware of. We strongly recommend leasing an apartment for rent only in properties that are well-maintained and before you move to an apartment, research well about the community and apartment facilities to avoid any troubles in the future.
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