How do I file a Rental Dispute in Dubai?

How do I file a Rental Dispute in Dubai?

Landlord-tenant disputes are a common occurrence on a global scale. The health of the rental market is enhanced by the prompt and fair settlement of such conflicts. In Dubai, rental complaints involving the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) are submitted to and resolved by rent dispute resolution forums. This article will explain how to register a rental dispute in Dubai if your tenancy issue has not been resolved through standard channels.

Causes of Rental Disputes in Dubai

It is possible to avoid or settle rental conflicts in Dubai by being aware of their potential causes, some of which are as follows:

  • If tenants believe their eviction was unfair or violated Dubai tenancy regulations, they may file a rental dispute against their landlord.
  • Renters who think their Dubai landlord is violating any rules regarding rent increase may decide to register a complaint. There are rules that landlords must follow when increasing rent.
  • When a landlord purposefully ceases to provide basic utilities, such as power or water, it may cause issues with the renter since they aren’t receiving what they need.
  • Tenants may raise complaints throughout the rental process if they discover defects in the building or untreated insect infestations.
  • When the landlord deducts an amount from the security deposit without any reasonable grounds.

Tenants and landlords in Dubai can seek resolution for their disputes by approaching the Rental Disputes Centre (RDC), which offers a systematic approach to address such concerns.

How to file a Rental Dispute Case in Dubai

In the event of any rental disagreement between the landlord and the tenant, the parties have the option to file their rental dispute case at the Rental Dispute Resolution Centre (RDC). Let’s explore how renters can file a complaint against the landlord.

It’s important to remember that if a landlord needs outside assistance to resolve a disagreement with one or more tenants, the same procedures apply. Fortunately, there is now a straightforward way to settle rental disputes in the emirate according to the Dubai Land Department (DLD). The process for submitting a rental dispute in Dubai is outlined below:

Step 1: Try to Find an Amicable Solution to the dispute

This step allows the disputant parties to reach an amicable settlement under the Dubai rental laws, without resorting to litigation procedures. This is done within a legal framework that ensures the rights of all parties are documented by an agreement approved by the supervising judge and signed by the parties and the conciliator. This agreement is similar to the Ejari tenancy contract which is a rent contract in Dubai. It helps to resolve rental disputes in Dubai.

Step 2: Obtain necessary Documents

If the parties fail to reach an amicable settlement of dispute, then the aggrieved party (the applicant) can file the case before the RDC.  This is also known as the first phase of filing litigation. The applicant needs to submit all the necessary documents before the RDC. The list of documents to be submitted are as follows:

  • Tenancy Contract:Provide a translated copy of the most recent Ejari tenancy contract.
  • Identification:
    • For individuals: A copy of the applicant’s UAE ID.
    • For legal entities: A copy of the UAE ID of the company manager (as listed on the trade license) and the latest trade license.
  • Management Contract:Submit a valid management contract.
  • Bank Details:A bank letter or statement showing the IBAN of the applicant.
  • Legal Notice:If applying for eviction, include a copy of the legal notice and either a statement from the declaration representative or the registered mail result.

Additional Details:

  • Power of Attorney: In case a legal attorney is available
  • For private practitioners; a power of attorney that has been notarized and a copy of the lawyer’s UAE ID.
  • For law firms; The Company’s license, the attorney’s UAE ID as well as an approval letter from the law firm (if available).
  • In case the lessor has passed on, attach a copy of decree of distribution to beneficiaries.
  • Enclosed offer letter and deposit receipt (where applicable) for renewal applications.
  • Other documents supporting this application include correspondence, notices, violations, utility bills, cheque copies, letters, etc.

Step 3. Rental Dispute Center Filing

The Dubai Land Department has a specialized tribunal called Rental Dispute Settlement Centre (RDSC) for rental matters in Dubai. There are two ways in which a claimant can file a rental dispute case in Dubai:

  • Personal visit at Real Estate Services Trustee or
  • Via their online portal.
  1. The following are steps to follow when filing a rental dispute case through the Real Estate Services Trustee:
  • Firstly, an applicant is supposed to go into any service center i.e. Real Estate Services Trustee Centers.
  • In the second stage, an applicant must hand over all the necessary documents (stated above) to a staff member so they do not miss out on some papers.
  • Thereafter, the system will record and approve them by its employee.
  • In addition, a person who is applying has got to make payments, acquire payment receipt and eventually he/she ought to join sessions using a remote litigation system. What is more, if one needs judgment he can get it from the internet site.
  1. If you want to file a rental dispute application through online portal, here’s what should be done
  • To start with in case you have not signed up before or log into your account and select the service that you would like.
  • After that, submit required documents electronically as well as pay service fees via e-payment before joining the session through a remote litigation system. The judgment copy will be available on their website.

Step 4: Filing an Appeal:

Either party, not satisfied with the tribunal’s decision, can appeal to the Appellate Division within fifteen (15) days from a day after the hearing in which the judgment was pronounced. It is worth mentioning that decisions of the Court of First Instance will be appealed to Appellate Division except for those judgments which have been reached on rental claims valued at less than (AED 100,000) one hundred thousand Dirhams that are final and non-appealable.

If these steps are followed, the tenant and landlord may resolve their rental dispute justly. What these steps do is ensure that their rights are protected fully under the Dubai Tenancy Law.

Seek Legal Advice from HHS Lawyer for your Rental Dispute Case in Dubai

To resolve your rental dispute cases in Dubai, get legal assistance from an HHS Rental dispute lawyer in Dubai.
HHS lawyers become essential when dealing with a rental dispute in Dubai. Our team of qualified attorneys can provide support to you and ensure that your case is presented with utmost precision and detail at the Rental Dispute Resolution Center. It is important for you to preserve your rights and get help on how to move forward toward resolving this matter.

Contact HHS Lawyers today for a dependable consultation – trustworthy professional advice aimed at finding quick resolutions!