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Your Rights as a Tenant According to Dubai Tenancy Law

Knowing your legal rights is essential if you're a tenant in Dubai. The Dubai tenancy legislation aims to safeguard both tenants and landlords and make sure that everyone is aware of their rights and obligations. What Rights Do Tenants Have?

Between a landlord and a tenant, a tenancy exists legally. While the landlord has the right to collect rent payments and have the leased property returned to them in good condition at the end of the tenancy, the tenant has the right to occupy and use the property.

The tenancy agreement ought to specify each party's rights in the tenancy. Both a formal contract and an oral agreement may be used to implement this arrangement. The length of the tenancy, the amount of rent, and the duties of each party are all specified in the tenancy agreement, along with other terms and conditions. Depending on the form of tenancy they have, tenants have different rights.

Dubai Tenancy Law?

The law that controls the relationship between landlords and renters in the Emirate of Dubai is known as Dubai Tenancy Law. The legislation lays forth the methods for settling conflicts between landlords and renters as well as the rights and obligations of both parties. Additionally, it applies to all kinds of assets, both residential and commercial.

What Do You Need to Get a Tenancy Contract?

  • A copy of your passport

  • A residence visa copy

  • The Emirates ID copy

  • A security deposit check (the amount is usually five percent of the annual rental amount for unfurnished properties or ten percent for furnished properties)

  • An Agency fee cheque (usually five percent of the annual rental amount)

The Tenant's Rights

  • The tenant should get the landlord's permission before making any changes or renovations to the property. If required, the tenant should also get the necessary licenses from officials for any changes made.

  • The security deposit is a refundable amount of money the tenant pays the landlord when renting the property. Suppose the landlord refuses to return the security deposit, in part or full, because of deductions for damage to the property. In that case, the tenant can go to the RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Agency) rent dispute committee to resolve the issue.

  • The tenant must return the property to the landlord in the same condition as when the tenant signed the contract. The landlord will exempt the tenant from paying for minor damages beyond the tenant's control. However, as specified in Article 21, should there be any disagreement between the landlord and the tenant about the property's condition, the dispute committee can help resolve the matter.

  • The tenant is responsible for paying all charges and taxes for the use of the property and other fees or taxes should there be any sub-lease unless agreed otherwise in the tenancy contract.

  • As stated in Article 23, once vacating and returning the possession of the property to the landlord, the tenant should not remove any leasehold improvements they made to the property.

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