Lawyer to target estate agents in landlord dispute

Lawyer for Dubai tenants facing eviction to file a complaint about property agents.
Lawyer to target estate agents in landlord dispute
By Elsa Baxter
Mon 26 Oct 2009 12:14 PM

The lawyer representing a group of Dubai tenants who could be evicted from their homes after paying rent to a company that was not their landlord said he will file a case against the property agents they used.

Thirty eight families living in Discovery Gardens have yet to hear from Dubai Rent Committee if they will be evicted from their homes.

The committee was due to meet at on Sunday afternoon to reach their final verdict, and if agreed, issue a notice of eviction.

Rent Committee General Secretary Mohammad Ahmad Al Shaikh was unavailable when Arabian Business tried to contact him on Monday, and the tenants’ lawyer Ossama Aborayah said he had not received any news.

Aborayah, of Accord International, told Arabian Business: “They will send us the decision of the Rent Committee and we will see.

“I am going to file a complaint to the Land Department against the agencies. This is a good aspect that we can go through because law 85 from the year 2006 states that they are jointly liable with the landlord, so we will try to gain what we can and get our money back.”

The tenants say they rented the flats through property agents Palma Real Estate, Imperial Real Estate and Homeland, all registered with Dubai Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA).

Only one month after paying their rent to Corporate Business Solutions (CBS) and moving in they discovered the real owner of the property was Meraas Real Estate.

However, tenancy contracts signed by the families clearly state CBS as landlord and are signed and stamped by the firm. The contracts were successfully registered with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA).

Meraas Real has filed a case against CBS, but the firm is believed to have closed and the owner disappeared.

One tenant told Arabian Business they had not received any news about the committee hearing. “There’s been nothing as yet. Nothing has been delivered.

“Yesterday we tried a couple of options to see if something would work, but we’re still in the same boat. Everyone was a bit depressed yesterday.”

The 27-year-old woman said the tenants had tried to make a direct appeal to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum to ask him to intervene, but were unsuccessful.

“We were just passed about,” she said.

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