Dubai property dispute victims to get free legal advice

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: Subramanian

Hello, I have invested in Lawns-II in JVC through Dheeraj & East Coast. Now GoldLine properties are in touch for last 2 years but nothing is progressing. Does anyone know how to get the money back through RERA or Nakheel?

Posted by: Majdi

Hi ladies and gents,
Is anyone still involved in Dubai Lagoon project?

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.

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