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No protection for tenants who fail to register lease

All rental leases must now be registered online with Rera's new Ejari portal.

No protection for tenants who fail to register lease
CONTRACT RULE: All tenancy agreements must be registered online with Rera. (Getty Images)

Tenants or landlords who fail to register their rental lease agreement online will not be protected by the law, officials at Dubai’s Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera) have warned.

All rent contracts for Dubai properties must now be registered through the Rera’s new Ejari online portal, the agency said in a statement.

“Landlords and tenants who fail to comply with the new ruling will find that their tenancy agreements fall outside the protection offered by the law, and government agencies and will not be able to enforce the provisions of the agreements they enter into,” the agency said.

The announcement brings into effect Law No.26 of 2007 Regulating the Relationship between Tenants and Landlords in Dubai.

Mohammed Bin Hammad, director of Rera’s Regulatory Department, said: "Today's announcement puts in place a key mechanism which will go a long way towards stamping out violations and malpractice in the rental sector.

“The aim is to ensure all lease contracts and the parties to such agreements are registered and the details recorded. This will lead to the Dubai rental market becoming one of the most transparent and accountable anywhere and, at the end of the day, one of the best regulated."

Bin Hammad said that the online registration system would also allow Rera to compile an accurate picture of Dubai’s rental market, which will “play a crucial role in its planning for the future of the sector and its ability to influence such factors as the supply side of the market and ultimately the level of prices.”

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Brit happy to be here 10 years ago

This is just another cog in the wheel, making it harder for everyday people to get on with it. Is this really going to be enforced, has it been endorsed by the law courts - surely it should be the responsibility of the landlord to register those tenants under him/her - after all, we are paying enough for the service. Let's hope its not another ID card - what happened with that by the way?

SA 10 years ago

If the Tenancy contracts are registered with Dubai Municipality, then why this has to be re-registered with RERA? Why these details RERA cannot fetch from the systems of Dubai Municipality / Lands department. Does this applies only to FREE HOLD properties? Trying to generate revenue thru non-productive ways will only aggravate Dubai's problems

flipflop 10 years ago

The solution enables property management companies and landlords to: *Log-in to a secure on-line application using a web-based interface *Add their property and tenant details to an a centralized online database *Create standardised rental contracts that include payment terms and property and tenant details * Create authorized rental registration receipts through the application. So, the Ejari site categorically states that it is for m'ment companies and landlords. If you continue to look through the site it is blatantly obvious that there is no provision for a tenant to register a contract, ergo, how is possible for them to be held accountable? How is an incumbent tenant supposed to force the landlord to register with Ejari? I feel further comment is unnecessary.

Phil 10 years ago

I rented directly from the landlord, a friend of mine, without involving an agent. My understanding is that in order to register a contract on Ejari you have to be a registered property broker. Therefore it becomes impossible to rent directly from the landlord, and you're forced to pay 5% to a useless agent. Is that correct? Can anyone shed any light on this?

MD 10 years ago

Please AB show some more initiative to tackle both sides of the issue. Consider the situation of tenants who cannot register the lease contract. Surely AB can ask RERA to clarify whether tenants can register the contract when the Ejari website says it is for landlords and management? Also why should this be duplicated when Dubai Municipality already has this info?

Denny Crane 10 years ago

This issue needs greater publicity. I have contacted my rental agency who are completely dumb to this Web site. The response to my request to them to register below: "We as AGENCY has been registered and all our leases get registered through AGENCY to RERA, which means it is showing in RERA, we as such do not register individual contracts. PROPERTY apartments are listed with them if you want to register you are welcome to do so."

Denny Crane 10 years ago

This is from ejari.ae "Landlords and tenants who fail to comply with the new ruling will find that their tenancy agreements fall outside the protection offered by the law and government agencies and will not be able to enforce the provisions of the agreements they enter into." This means that our rental contract is null and void until it is registered on the ejari Web site... This means we can withhold rent until the landlord registers?