Renewing A Rental Contract

Rental contracts are valid for one year, after which they can be renewed for another year. Under Dubai tenancy laws, a tenancy contract does not terminate automatically. Instead, it renews on the same terms until you or the landlord agree to change the terms or end it. If the landlord wants to increase the rent, he must give you 90 days’ notice before the end of the contract; likewise, if you want to move out of the property you must give notice 90 days’ prior to the end of the contract.

If the landlord wants to evict you, he must give 12 months' notice via notary public or registered mail, and state the exact reason. There are four circumstances under which a landlord can serve a notice for eviction on expiry of the tenancy contract: to demolish or add to the premises, making it unliveable; for repair or maintenance; to recover the premises for personal use or for a next of kin; or to sell the property. There is legal action you can take if the landlord vacates the property for any reason other than that stated.

A landlord can now increase your rent after just one year; prior to 2013 it was two years.

Prerequisites

  • UAE resident
  • Existing rental contract

What to bring

  • Passport with residence visa (original and copy)
  • Chequebook

Procedure

  • After you’ve agreed on the rental price, lease period and number of cheques, read thoroughly and sign the new rental agreement provided by the landlord or landlord’s representative.
  • Write the rental cheque/s.
  • If you use an agent, they will charge you to renew the lease. A renewal fee may be stipulated in the contract by the landlord (this isn’t common).
  • Have your official lease re-registered online via RERA’s Ejari system (ejari.ae) for Dhs.160.

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