Dubai tenants can now face penalties for causing building fires

Time Out has details on a new UAE law stating Dubai tenants can now face penalties for causing building fires

Just days after it emerged that the massive fire at a luxury apartment building on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah was caused by a resident’s "faulty" coffee machine, new legislation has been rolled out to try to put a stop to these increasingly regular blazes.

Tenancy contracts will now clearly state the tenants’ roles and responsibilities when it comes to preventing fires in their homes, although the full clauses are yet to be made public.

We are also yet to find out just how hefty the penalties will be for offenders in this updated version of the UAE’s Fire and Life Safety Code of Practices.

Previously, most of the fines relating to fire safety violations in residential buildings were given to the actual apartment or villa owners rather than the tenants.

Authorities are aware that it’s not just tenants that can be held responsible for these costly and life threatening fires, with legislation also being drafted to ensure that all new buildings in Dubai and the UAE are built with non-flammable and fire retardant materials, and that older ones receive periodic maintenance.

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