Dubai rental committee

What to do if you want to complain about your landlord in Dubai

The Dubai Municipality Rents Committee (DMRC) can assist with cases relating to poor building maintenance, unreasonable price increases and early termination of contracts. They cannot force a landlord to let you pay with more cheques and they cannot necessarily make them reduce the rent. However, if your landlord has imposed big rent rises and you have tried every other option, the committee may be able to help as a final resort. To increase the chances of winning your case, inform your landlord in advance about your plans, ensure your rent contract is registered with RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Authority) and provide evidence of attempts at mediation. Other tips from lawyers include obtaining legal advice and having an Arabic speaker with you. ‘Remember the RERA rental tables [used to decide fair rent prices] contain historic data, if only by a few months,’ says Turner. ‘If rents fall quickly, the table may not reflect the current market – another reason why you should try to negotiate with your landlord first.’

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