The Dubai Land Department (DLD) has announced the launch of its Unified Lease Form, to enhance the transparency of procedures and to secure the rights of all parties in the real estate sector with measurable standards from March 2017. This is the latest step to contribute towards the maintenance of prestigious position acquired by Dubai in terms of investments, work and daily life. The new form is a standardized & mandatory tenancy contract for residential, industrial and commercial units, which is combined with Ejari. Items within the contract are governed by applicable laws, including rental laws that determine and regulate the imposition of penalties. The new contract which is based on Dubai tenancy laws, requires the signatures of the lessor and tenant along with two witnesses.
Main features of the unified lease form are that all parties should agree on any additional terms before signing the lease for the first time. On part of the landlord, the law states that under the terms of the lease, the landlord is responsible for property maintenance repair work, and repair of any damage or defect that may affect the well-being of the tenant within the premises, unless otherwise agreed on between both parties. Should the landlord want to shift the responsibility of maintenance to the tenant, the term should be listed in the addendum and mutually signed by both parties. The tenant should be responsible for payment of all electricity, water, cooling and gas charges resulting from occupying the leased u nit unless other conditions are agreed on. The tenant fully undertakes to comply with all regulations and instructions related to the management of the property and the use of the premises and of common areas such as parking, swimming pools, gymnasium … etc.
One of the clause mentions that the landlord can request eviction of the tenant from the property. However, the tenant sub-leasing the property, or using it to carry out prohibited or illegal activities. The tenant in the form has to undertake to use the premises for the designated purpose; the tenant has no rights to transfer or relinquish the tenancy contract either with or without the counterpart to any or sublease the premises or any part thereof to the third party in whole, or in part unless it is legally permitted. The tenant undertakes not to make any amendments or modifications to the premises, the subject of the contract, without obtaining the landlord’s written approval. The contract regulates the relationship between landlords and tenants in Dubai, and specifically focuses on the tenant sub-leasing the property, or using it to carry out prohibited or illegal activities.
Any disagreement or dispute arising from execution or interpretation of this contract shall be settled by the special judicial committee competent to settle disputes between landlords and tenants (the Rent Committee). DLD encourages landlords to download and print contracts from the Ejari official website (www.ejari.ae) and provides assurance, that all items included within such contracts are based upon a legal framework that regulates relationships and transactions.