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The United Arab Emirates is a fantastic country where people from foreign countries move so often, they start working, buying properties, and renting apartments for the long term.
The UAE government has developed a strict registration system that significantly reduces the risk of debate.
A lease agreement is a written agreement between the landlord and the tenant, which specifies the terms of the lease, the cost, and terms of payment for the specified period, and the responsibility of the parties in case of non-compliance with the clauses of the contract.
Each yearly rent contract shall be registered in EJARI. Ejari is a system for registering a lease agreement between the tenant and the landlord. The payment method for the yearly rent is usually paid once per year or twice, or you might pay in four payments.
After registering the transaction with Ejari, all data automatically goes to the Dubai Electricity and Water Supply Authority (DEWA) and the Real Estate Regulatory Agency.
Registration in the Ejari system gives the right to apply to the court in case of problems with the owner (or, depending on the situation, with the tenant), and the court is obliged to consider the case. If the contract is not registered in the jail system, the application will be automatically rejected.
How to register a tenancy contract in EJARI? Usually, this process is done by the Landlord, or you can register by yourself in typing center, you must present your Emirates ID, copy of your passport, and visa. You will also need a lease agreement and data from an electric meter, which is provided by the owner.
If the property is rented for commercial purposes, then it is also necessary to grant a license to conduct this activity. If the lease is concluded through a real estate agency, a document confirming the reliability of the tenant’s data is also provided.
After registration, the contract is assigned an identification number. Subsequently, you will need this number to create an account with DEWA – with the Dubai Electricity and Water Supply Authority.
Before registering with Ejari, you need to make sure that the previous contract registered in the system has been canceled by the former tenant, landlord, real estate agency, or real estate management company.
The law provides that the contract is automatically extended if after the expiration of the current lease agreement you continue to live in the rented housing and the landlord does not mind your further residence.
In this case, you will have to pay for the new period, but first, make sure that you have notified the landlord of your intentions in advance. The contract itself is usually registered in a short time: if everything is filled in correctly and all the required conditions are met, it takes 1-2 days to register Ejari.
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