How Dubai’s Unified Lease Form Addresses Concerns Of Landlords, Tenants
The relationship between a landlord and a tenant is often strained, mainly because their roles and responsibilities are not clearly defined. The tenancy agreement may not provide sufficient clarity on certain aspects. Who would be responsible for major repair works? What happens if the tenant does not pay the rent on time? In the absence of lack of clarity on matters such as those, disagreement between the two parties ensues.
However, with the introduction of the new Unified Lease Form released by the Dubai Land Department (DLD), the scenario is changing fast. The new tenancy contract format aims to address common issues that result in disputes between landlords and tenants. Apart from the general clauses that are part of any tenancy contract, the Unified Lease Form also regulates the common property management matters, licensing and guarantees, and ensures that the rights of both the parties are duly protected.
The new contract format was brought into practice in March 2017.
Fixing the responsibility
The Unified Lease Form states that it is the responsibility of the landlord to ensure that all the major repair works in the property are carried out periodically. These include the major maintenance jobs which may affect the safety, security and well-being of the tenant. However, if the maintenance works are arising out of the general wear and tear due to usage by the tenant, the landlord may ask the tenant to address the matters.
The new tenancy contract format also clarifies on the specific conditions under which a landlord can ask a tenant to evict a property. The Unified Lease Form explicitly spells out the clauses which enable a landlord to trigger an eviction.
A landlord in Dubai can ask his tenant to vacate his property if the latter
- Is subleasing the property without the expressed written consent from the landlord.
- Is making changes or damages to the structure of the property.
- Is carrying out unlawful activities from the premises.
- Is making willful defaults in the outstanding payments regularly and intentionally.
What else is up?
The introduction of the new tenancy contract format is not the only initiative taken by the authorities in Dubai. Being a progressive global destination, Dubai is striving to set new standards of professional conduct, fair dealing and transparency in the real estate sector.
The DLD has also formed specialised panels in order to oversee the various significant matters impacting the real-estate transactions in the city. The rental market, too, is monitored by specialised panels set up specifically to carry out that task.