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Dubai tenants can report 'illegal' utility disconnection to police

Dubai’s Rental Disputes Centre judge says seek compensation for damages suffered

Dubai tenants can report 'illegal' utility disconnection to police
Tenants in Dubai can report their landlords to Dubai Police if they disconnect utility services or restrict their access to any building facility, a senior judge with Dubai’s Rental Disputes Centre (RDC) has said.

Tenants in Dubai can file a case with the police if a landlord disconnects utility services or restricts access to any building facility, a senior judge with the Rental Disputes Centre (RDC) has said.

Under the provisions of Article (34) of Law No. (26) of 2007, which regulates the relationship between tenants and landlords, landlords are prohibited from cutting services to the property or prevent the tenant from using the property in any way.

“The RDC receives many complaints from tenants, which are usually as a result of the landlords cutting facilities or services such as water or electricity,” Judge Omar Miran, general secretary, RDC, told Arabian Business.


Judge Omar Miran, general secretary, Dubai’s Rental Disputes Centre

“If this [the law] is not respected, then tenants can visit their nearest police station to request the alleviation of the impediment to their services,” he added.

Miran said tenants can also file a case with the RDC with an official report that details the impediment, requesting compensation for damages suffered.

Last month, the Dubai Land Department said it will distribute AED1 million ($272,000) to cash-strapped tenants who have defaulted on payments and were found guilty during court proceedings.