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Landlords Can’t Kick Out Tenants Without Valid Reason; Notice is Must

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on March 21, 2024, 10:34:43


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 Renting a property provides individuals with a place to call home. When you rent a place to live in the UAE,  you have rights and responsibilities. The law protects tenants and landlords alike. However, tenants might worry about being kicked out suddenly.

This article explains the rules for  eviction in the UAE  and what rights tenants have. The relationship between landlords and tenants in the UAE is mainly regulated by Federal Law No. 26 of 2007, also known as the UAE Tenancy Law .

This law sets out the rights and duties of both parties and provides guidelines for various rental matters, including evictions.  Each emirate may also have its own rules that work together with the federal law.

According to the UAE Tenancy Law, landlords must follow specific procedures when evicting tenants. These typically involve giving tenants a written notice of eviction, stating the reasons clearly.

Valid reasons for eviction might include not paying rent, breaking lease terms, or the landlord wanting to use the property for themselves or their family. Landlords usually have to give tenants a notice period before starting eviction proceedings. The length of this period might vary depending on the reason for eviction and the terms of the lease.

Generally, tenants should get at least 30 days' notice if they're being evicted because of rent arrears or lease violations. But longer notice might be needed for other reasons, like ending the lease agreement.

Tenant Rights

Right to Notification: Tenants have the right to written notice from their landlords before being evicted. The notice should explain why they're being evicted and how much notice they'll get.
Right to Challenge: If tenants think the eviction is unfair or illegal, they can challenge it legally. This might mean getting legal advice, complaining to the right authorities, or disputing the eviction in court.
Right to Redress: In some cases, tenants might be entitled to compensation or help finding a new place if they're evicted unfairly or without proper notice. Landlords who don't follow eviction procedures might face penalties under the UAE Rent Law.

In short, landlords in the UAE can't usually evict tenants without warning or a good reason. The laws around eviction are there to protect tenants and make sure they're treated fairly.

Tenants should know their rights and what to do if they're facing an unjust or illegal eviction. Getting legal advice can help tenants avoid evictions without notice and stand up for their rights.

(The writer is a legal associate at Dubai-based NYK Law Firm)

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