New tenancy law for Sharjah

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Landlords in the emirate of Sharjah are prohibited from hiking rent prices for the first three years of a tenancy contract, and for two years thereafter, under a new tenancy law issued on Wednesday.

The law is set to regulate dealings between tenants and landlords in residential and commercial properties.

Under the new law, tenants have right of occupancy for three years from the signing of a lease. Tenants cannot be asked to vacate the property unless they are refusing to pay rent.

The law will also see the set up of tribunals to handle tenancy disputes.

The tribunal will include a sitting judge appointed by the Minister of Justice and two experts. Decisions issued by the tribunal will be binding but can be challenged before an Appeal Tribunal.

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Posted by: Ismail

Dear sir
my 3 year rental piriod will finish aug 30 2013
owner not intrested to renew my tenency
but I am not recieved any notice, now I am going to
vecation I will come back only sept 7 so have any
leagel rights to extend my tenency one more month
please advice
Ismail
sharjah
UAE

Posted by: Aneesha

Our landlord is increasing the rent but its only been 2 years of our contract and for the third year he has already hiked the rent and i have heard that if any tenant is complaining, he is throwing them out of the bldg. Pls let me knw what step i can take to control all this nonsense as its against law to increase rent within 2 yrs.
Also if you can let me knw what is percentage of rent landlord can increase after 3 yrs.
We dont want to shift again again from one bldg to another. This is so ridiculous that landlords are treating us like this.

Posted by: Lyn

I am a tenant and my contract expires on 19/06/2012.But the real estate posted a notice for us to vacate the building on 31 march 2012 due to road widening. Also, I just terminated from my job and haven't received my salary for 3 months now. I informed already the real estate that I will no longer continue renting the said flat and vacate the same on 16 dec. 2011. They told me I am breaking a contract and need to pay a 2 month penalty and 1,000 dhs cash. Is this fair?

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