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Rental tenancy laws in Dubai

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Tenancy and rent laws in Dubai

Dubai Real Estate Legislation, leasehold and tenancy related.

This page is about tenancy laws for accommodation in Dubai. See also the Dubai rent cap page. For information about ownership laws see the Property ownership laws in Dubai page.

Tenancy and rental laws in Dubai for commercial buildings and residential apartments and villas in Deira, Bur Dubai, and freehold areas. For resident Emiratis, expats, foreigners, locals.

Dubai Land Department divisions and related organisations

The Dubai Land Department (DLD) is a Dubai government department which overseas the real estate sector in Dubai. Founded in 1960, previously was the Dubai Land Registry Department.

[Update] Ejari Unified Tenancy Contract in Dubai
[Update] Ejari online system for registering tenancy contracts in Dubai

Procedure for settling rent and tenancy disputes in Dubai

Nothing on this page is proper legal advice. It is information or opinions only, and might be incorrect. Do your own due diligence. Remember that anything you write, especially if you sign it but not exclusively, might end up in court as evidence to be used against you. If you are rude, disrespectful, swear, make threats, etc in any communication, that might be grounds for a criminal case to be brought against you, which could trump any dispute you have with your landlord regarding your tenancy contract. You can't dispute much from jail or if you are deported.

Rental amount disputes

Many landlords in Dubai will try to increase your rent at renewal time, even if no increase is permitted due to the rent cap. Many tenants will simply accept this, either because they are told by the landlord (and believe what they are told) that an increase is permitted or cannot be disputed, or they think it's not worth the hassle of disputing anything. If you do that, remember you are poisoning the well for you and every other tenant in Dubai, and all those landlords who do follow the law. Fair enough if you don't want to make a case with the RDC which is an expensive and time-consuming procedure, but there are other much easier options available to you.

Laws and decrees governing tenancy contracts and agreements in Dubai

Relevant new and updated laws for rental property in Dubai include Decree No. 43 of 2013, Law No. 33 of 2008, and Law No. 26 of 2007 (not No. 27 which concerns joint ownership of properties in Dubai).

New Decree No. 43 of 2013 summary of changes from Law No. 33 of 2008 and Law No. 26 of 2007.
New Law No. 33 of 2008, summary of changes from Law No. 26 of 2007.
Law No. 26 of 2007
Previous laws in Dubai and UAE regarding tenancy contracts
List of laws and decrees related to Dubai rent, lease, tenancy agreements
Other propery related laws for Dubai, UAE (incomplete, not sorted)

Dubai rent increase laws 2013-2014, new rent cap

See the DIFC rent cap page.


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