May 01, 2023

Dubai is a city that is known for its high standards of living and thriving economy. The real estate market in Dubai is booming, with many landlords taking advantage of the demand for housing by charging exorbitant rents. While landlords in Dubai have significant advantages over tenants, they too face their own set of issues.

One of the primary issues that landlords in Dubai face is finding reliable tenants. The high demand for rental properties often leads to a large pool of potential tenants, but not all of them may be suitable. Landlords need to perform due diligence in verifying potential tenants' backgrounds and creditworthiness to ensure that they can pay rent on time and take care of the property.

What are my obligations and rights as a Landlord in Dubai?

As a landlord in Dubai, you have certain obligations and responsibilities towards your tenants, these obligations and responsibilities can be detailed in the tenancy/lease agreement. However, here are some of the key standard obligations that you may need to fulfill:

  1. Maintenance and repairs: Depending on the tenancy agreement; the landlord should be responsible to provide prompt and efficient maintenance and repairs for any issues that may arise in your rental unit, such as plumbing problems, electrical issues, air conditioning breakdowns, or appliance repairs.

  2. Security: You should take steps to ensure the security of the property and the safety of the tenants, such as installing security cameras, proper lighting, and secure locks.

  3. Amenities: Depending on the building, there may be amenities such as a gym, pool, laundry facilities, or a community room that you can access as a tenant.

  4. Communication: The Landlord or the property manager should be accessible and responsive to tenant’s questions, concerns, and requests.

  5. Lease renewal: The Landlord should communicate with the tenant in advance about lease renewal options and any changes to the terms of your lease in accordance with the law and the regulations of this country

  6. Move-in/move-out support: The Landlord or the property manager should provide clear instructions and support during the move-in and move-out process, such as scheduling a walkthrough, providing information about utilities, and ensuring a smooth transition.

However, expect to deal with some situations where lack of communication, lack of regulations knowledge, and even bad intent may bring very disturbing outcomes, and in this regard look for solutions to protect your interests as a Landlord.

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How can I protect my rights as a Landlord in Dubai?

As a Landlord in Dubai, you may face some complex technical complaints against your tenants such as:

  • Damage caused to the property by tenants
  • Unauthorized alterations or modifications to the property by tenants
  • Failure to maintain the property by tenants
  • Non-compliance with health and safety regulations
  • Disputes with property management companies
  • Failure to notify landlords of any damage caused to the property by tenants
  • Refusal to allow access to the property for maintenance or repairs
  • Refusal to cooperate with property inspections
  • Tenant's unauthorized use of common areas and amenities.
  • Tenants violating the building or complex's rules and regulations
  • Breach of security measures by tenants or their guests
  • Unsanitary living conditions caused by tenants
  • Failure by tenants to follow waste management regulations

Your first action should be to record the complaint properly through a property inspection by Realpoint Real Estate Consultancy and the issuance of a Property Complaint Report to support any legal action you may consider taking.

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Furthermore and depending on the type of property, Realpoint Real Estate Consultancy may be in a position to lodge the report directly with RERA on your behalf as a record which will support your further legal action to help a fast and effective resolution.

Once the report is provided, you can consider any of the following further legal actions to take:

  • Rental Dispute Settlement Centre (RDSC): The RDSC is a government agency established by the Dubai Land Department to help resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. You can file a complaint with the RDSC if you have a dispute with your tenant related to rental increases, eviction, or others
  • Dubai Police: If you are facing any criminal behavior or harassment from your tenant or anyone else, you can file a complaint with Dubai Police.

It is recommended that you try to resolve any issues with your tenant directly before filing a complaint with any authorities. However, if you are unable to resolve the issue, you have the option of filing a complaint with the relevant authorities.


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