Dubai property problems are as common as the new development projects. Read our expert answer to 2014 property problems in Dubai. These are eight questions handpicked from our users feedback form on Rentals in UAE and our parent app, Melltoo Marketplace.
Q5: What are my landlord legal obligations
The relevant law regulating the relationship between landlords and tenants in Dubai law No. 26 of 2007 amended by law No. 33 of 2008. The “Landlord and Tenant Law” applies to landlord and tenant relationships for all residential and commercial leased lands and properties in Dubai.
Article 15: Landlord shall be committed to hand over the property in good condition that enables tenant to obtain the benefit subject of the tenancy contract.
Article 16: Landlord shall, during validity of the tenancy contract, be liable for undertaking maintenance of the property and shall rectify any defects or faults that affect tenant’s intended benefit from the property, unless the two parties agree otherwise.
Article 17: Landlord shall not make any change in the property, its utilities or ancillaries affecting the intended benefit, and landlord shall be liable for such changes caused by him, or by any person authorized by him, and for any damages, faults or shortages caused to the property for reasons not relating to the tenant.
Article 18: Landlord must provide tenant with all approvals required by competent authorities in the Emirate if he wishes to execute decoration works, or other works, that require such approvals, provided that such works shall not affect the construction of the property and provided that tenant has necessary documents evidencing applying for such approvals.
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Dubai Property Problems: What are my landlord legal obligations?