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The new tenancy rule for cohabitants in Dubai: what you must know

Complying with New Tenancy Rule for Cohabitants in Dubai, information about co-occupants of both owned and rented houses must now be included. A circular released by the government states that the Dubai Land Department has ordered all owners, developers, property management firms, and renters to submit information about co-occupants in owned and leased buildings.

The registration mentioned above may be accomplished using the Dubai REST app and must be done as soon as possible within two weeks. To complete registration, tenants must go through eight steps, including inputting their personal information and an Emirates ID.

More details of a new regulation requiring residents to register all cohabitants in residential units have been made available by the Dubai Land Department (DLD). The authorities stated that registration is required for any co-occupants residing in a unit for a month or more. They consist of the tenant’s family and household staff. The primary tenant, whose name the tenancy contract is registered, must include the information of others staying with him for those residing in shared housing.

Registration of Co-habitants in Shared and Private Properties

Residents of Dubai must register all cohabitants in both shared and private houses within the next two weeks, according to a statement from the Dubai Land Department (DLD) on Friday, September 23. This rule applies to all property owners, builders, Property management firms, and renters.

Residents must register their cohabitants’ information, including address, Emirates ID or passport number, and date of birth, by Friday, October 7. All roommates and family members will be included on the Ejari tenancy contract after the procedure is finished, according to The National.

The following should be included in the registration of Co-habitants:

1 Cohabitant’s name

2 ID numbers for Emirates

3 Copy of passport (if the co-occupant does not have an Emirates ID).

Co-occupants may use the registration as proof of residency, but it cannot be utilized in place of a rental agreement for government transactions. Although co-occupant registration is required, the tenancy agreement need not include every co-name.

Everyone in the family or any co-occupants of the unit must go through the procedure. Every year, a rent agreement is signed by tenants and property owners. The contract contains a list of the property’s rules and regulations. The authorities are creating a “complete statistical record” of all inhabitants in the emirate.

According to a statement from the DLD, the objective is to “assist government bodies in responding to the changing demands of citizens, residents, and tourists.”

Who needs to register?

The new regulation applies to landlords, renters, developers, and property management firms.

What kinds of properties are included here?

There are both flats and villas.

What are the rules for Shared apartments?

The only permitted method of sharing a residence in Dubai is with the landlord’s consent, as stated in the Dubai Rental Law for Shared apartment. Those considering legally sharing an apartment/ Villa in Dubai must adhere to specific guidelines.

1 The tenant is not permitted to lease or sublease any premises without the landlord’s explicit written consent.

2 The sub-tenant has rights to the leased premises as long as the original tenancy contract is in effect.

3 The sub-lease contract determines the connection between the tenant and the sub-tenant. Whatever the nature of their relationship, the tenant’s duties to the landlord shall remain the same as initially agreed upon.

The area where the apartment is situated significantly impacts the number of tenants or sub-tenants who may reside there. Therefore, one cannot only make assumptions about one location based on the data of another.

Enforceability of New Rule by Dubai Municipality

According to information obtained, Dubai Municipality has increased field inspections in residential areas to enforce laws relating to single-family or multi-family residences as part of a campaign to safeguard the comfort and safety of residents. Checks for infractions. The municipality stated that this year saw the completion of 19,837 field inspections conducted daily to take necessary action against offenders. The municipality said that many citizens in the emirate were unaware of Dubai’s new rules for tenants and laws. Residents should abide by the relevant regulations now that their implementation has begun.

Consider the limit on how many people may live in a villa or residential complex in Dubai. Municipal inspectors conduct inspections to see if there is overcrowding and whether the rules are being followed. Sharing a rental unit without the landlord’s consent is prohibited in the UAE. However, renters who sublease their apartment risk being evicted along with the subtenants.

How may Real Estate Lawyers at HHS Lawyers and Legal Consultant assist you?

For more information about the New Tenancy Rule for Cohabitants in Dubai and need help completing the procedure required for online registration of Co- habitants, please don’t hesitate to contact HHS Lawyers and Legal Consultants.

M. Al Khatem

Trademark & Intellectual Property

M. Al Khatem is a senior Trademark and Intellectual Property (IP) expert in HHS Lawyers. He has handled some of the firm’s complex, high-profile cases – many involving the protection of trademark and IP rights.