Ending Tenancy Contract Guide

The Ending Tenancy Contract Guide provides instructions and information on how to legally end a tenancy agreement in a smooth and proper manner. This guide covers important topics such as giving proper notice, settling any outstanding payments or damages, and returning the keys to the property. It also covers the rights and responsibilities of both the tenant and the landlord, and provides information on the process of dispute resolution. The guide serves as a helpful resource for individuals who are looking to end their tenancy agreement and ensure that all necessary steps are taken in accordance with the law. By following the guidelines outlined in the guide, individuals can successfully end their tenancy contract and move forward with confidence.

To avoid double renting of the same Dubai property and to have disputes entertained by Dubai Rent Dispute Settlement Centre, it is important to register the tenancy contract with RERA.
If a mutual agreement on a price change isn’t reached before contract renewal, a tenant can file a case with Rental Dispute Settlement Centre. This requires a non-refundable fee of 3.5% of annual rent (min. AED 500, max. AED 20,000) and a visit to the dispute center.

Tenants should repair any damages before vacating the property, otherwise, the landlord can deduct the cost from the deposit.

Either party must give 90 days’ notice for non-renewal of the tenancy contract, unless agreed otherwise. 90 days’ notice is also required for rent increase, as per the RERA index. No notice means the landlord can’t raise the rent. If there’s no electronic or written communication, the contract automatically renews at the same price and conditions as the previous year. For early termination, tenants must give 3 months’ written notice and pay 2 months of rent as penalty.
A landlord must provide a 12 months’ written notice through notary public or registered mail if selling, using for personal or relatives use, or demolition of the property.

Tenants aren’t required to renew DEWA annually and should provide a copy of clearance for utility bills when vacating.

It’s important to keep copies of all correspondence as it may come in handy if taking a case to RERA or Dubai Rental Dispute Centre.

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