Tenancy contract registration mandatory in Dubai-RERA

Registration of rental contracts with the Dubai Land Department (DLD) is a prerequisite to accessing other government services starting July 1st, according to RERA.

The Land Department and its regulatory body — the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera) has been trying to implement the system through registration portal — Ejari.ae.

Marwan Bin Galaita, CEO of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera) said: “Registration of residential and commercial lease contracts through Ejari is mandatory and failure to comply may lead to delay in government transactions. An AED 160 fee is chargeable to register a lease agreement with Ejari. The fee is payable by the tenants.”

The move will help the government to monitor the property market and offer better insights through its rental index while ensuring all tenants pay their housing fees regularly.

The Ejari registration will be mandatory to obtain utility services like water and electricity. If the contract is not registered, transactions could be delayed at several Government departments, principally the Dubai Economic Department and the Residence and Foreigners Affairs Department. Not registering your tenancy contract will affect you when applying for family visa, visit visa, renewing you business license and many other services.

Tenants in Dubai can register their contracts online at ejari.ae or through 47 typing service offices. More than 200,000 leased properties in Dubai are registered currently in Ejari and are expected get bigger in the future. It is advisable to register your tenancy contracts without much delay.

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