Dubai property dispute victims to get free legal advice

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Dubai Land Department on Monday announced a new initiative to introduce a free legal service to support home owners involved in real estate-related court cases.

The announcement follows a meeting between senior Land Department officials and representatives of law firms to finalise details of the move.

The Land Department said an agreement had been signed which would see the law firms become part of a new Legal Care Group.

The group will bring together senior lawyers, professional firms and consultants to offer free legal assistance to members of the public with "genuine real estate issues" who might otherwise be dissuaded from taking action because of the prohibitive cost of fees, the Land Department said in a statement.

Mohammed Sultan Thani, assistant director general of the Dubai Land Department, said: "The objective of this initiative is not merely to meet a need but to ensure fairness and justice is available to anyone who might have a concern which involves property, no matter their circumstances.

"This reflects the government's commitment to ensuring there is in place a comprehensive equitable system of legalizing ownership and property transactions."

He added: "Now, no one is prevented from pursuing their rights merely because of the possibility they might be priced out of the legal system."

Richard Green, head of research at CB Richard Ellis Middle East, said: "The offer of free legal advice is another step in the right direction. Overall confidence in the legal dispute system has been somewhat low due to a time lag in addressing the current case backlog.

"This announcement will go some way to renewing faith in the system as well as providing confidence to individual investors facing financial difficulties in their disputes against developers.

"Overall this is seen as another positive advancement for the Dubai market."

In August it was reported that property dispute cases that were originally submitted to the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera) and Dubai Courts are now being dealt with by Dubai’s new Property Court.

The new court, which started operations in October, was set up under the First Instance Court to deal exclusively with property-related cases.

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Posted by: Wel

It is a real shame, DEC - Dheeraj & East Coast have disappeared without completing Cassia Park (Dubailand) !!! Their phones too are disconnected. Thanks KHAN for sharing the information regarding Goldline Properties - hope they contact us all...

Posted by: Shanthi

With regards to DEC - I invested in their project in JVC - Lawn -IV and paid around 80% of the project amount as only 20% is balance. As per their agreement they were supposed to complete the project in 2012 but till date no further development. Recently got a mail from DEC stating The Gold Line Group is taking over the project wherein I should contact them for further process. Even Gold Line Group confirmed the same. Today had been called by one of the manager of Gold Line stating that, I need to pay Dhs. 100/- extra per Square Feet in addition to my project amount which is really not in my budget. Now i am planning to take a legal action. Advise your suggestion on the same.

Posted by: Asha Wadhwani

Hi Shanthi, I had also got a call from them about a meeting and was asked to pay the Dhs.100/ the lady that I was dealing with told me that it be going to a vote and that if people were happy to pay the extra they will start to build again. if not they would get back to me and let me know after Eid what the next steps are going to be.

Posted by: Khan

Hi Joseph I have also invested in Lawns IV a project by DEC. I had an email from a company called Goldine Poperties saying they have taken over all the Dheeraj properties and will be completing the same and had invited us to discuss the future plans they have. They are yet to have some formal communication from RERA to this effect and said they will get back to us once they have some RERA document to prove that they have legally taken over the Dheeraj properties. The Dheeraj East Coast telephone numbers are all disconnected and even their website here is down.

Posted by: Asif

Am ready to join any group formed to recover money invested with Almasah international ( new world investments)..... I have invested over 60 percent in their project which has not yet even started .....,

Posted by: m.alalawi

I am a BIG investor in CADI when it was launched late 2006, early 2007. Any one bought in CADI please communicate with me as our case will be presented to Public Prosecution within 2/4 weeks. Please contact me through my email ( I have advocate firm in Dubai who would be interested to join your case with others, NO advance payment is required, very small % on collection will be agreed.

Posted by: Richard

Hi Asif...I have invested in Cadi 2. Same situation.

Posted by: Joseph O'Reilly

Does anybody have any information on Dheeraj and East Coast who are responsible for unfinished projects in Culture Village ( Cascade Ville) Many thanks!

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