Need to know: Renting in Dubai

This is the first in an occasional series on topics where I receive a great number of queries. With rental prices in Dubai, and across the UAE generally, increasing significantly, many people have been asked for excessive increases or asked to vacate illegally, so this article is a brief overview of tenants’ rights in Dubai. For rentThe rental rules in the UAE vary by emirate with Dubai having the strongest protection for tenants by way of the ‘Law Regulating Relationship between Landlords and Tenants in the Emirate of Dubai No. 26 of 2007’. There have been a couple of updates, but the main points are:

These rules apply to everyone and there are no exceptions. The other emirates do notMarina apt block have clear rules, although there is talk of these being introduced despite Abu Dhabi having scrapped their rent cap. Although I no longer deal with rental queries in my weekly column in The National newspaper, On Your Side, I will assist where possible and refer people to the appropriate parties if required. Contact me at


Update September 2015

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7 Responses to Need to know: Renting in Dubai

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