Renting a home in Dubai comes with certain legal requirements that tenants and landlords must adhere to, and one crucial term you need to be well-versed with is “Ejari.” Translating to “my rent” in Arabic, Ejari is a registration system designed to create a legal record of your rental contract. It is not just an option; it is mandatory for all rental agreements in Dubai. Failure to register your tenancy contract can result in significant fines for both tenants and landlords – it is also an essential tool for managing rental disputes. In this blog post, we’ll delve deeper into what Ejari is, why it’s essential, and how to register your contract.
Why is Ejari Necessary?
Ejari’s primary purpose is to establish an official and unalterable record of your tenancy contract, safeguarding the interests of both tenants and landlords. By registering your contract, you create transparency between parties and ensure that any potential contract disputes can be resolved efficiently. Furthermore, it provides you with legal backup should any disputes end up in court. Without a valid Ejari on record, your case could be automatically dismissed and the resolution of the dispute may be in the favour of the other party.
When registering your contract with Ejari, every detail of the agreement, such as the total rental amount, deposit amounts, rental duration, and any other clauses, must be laid out. This official record is crucial in resolving issues like sudden rent hikes or unauthorized property modifications in the future. In essence, Ejari offers peace of mind and security for both landlords and tenants.
How Do I Register an Ejari?
Registering your Ejari is a straightforward process, and there are several options available to you:
1. At an Ejari Centre:
Visiting an Ejari centre is the most preferable option as it allows you to be actively involved in the process. You can visit Ejari typing centers at various locations in Dubai. The entire process usually takes about 10 minutes, excluding waiting time. Make sure to bring all the necessary documents, including Ejari fees (AED 220) and your Emirates ID. Once your paperwork is approved, your Ejari certificate will be produced – don’t forget to get it stamped before leaving the center.
2. Dubai REST App:
If you prefer a contactless option, the Dubai REST app is a convenient choice. Simply download the app on your mobile device, register using your Emirates ID, passport, and visa copy, and upload all required documents. Ensure your landlord is also registered on the app. The certificate should be issued within one or two working days, and the cost of registration is slightly lower at AED 172.
3. Registering by Email:
Another alternative is to register via email. Attach all relevant documents, including an NOC and a checklist filled out by the tenant. Pay the Ejari fee (AED 220) via bank transfer. This method may take one or two business days to issue the certificate but could be more time-intensive due to additional documents and bank processing times.
What Documents Do I Need to Register?
To register an Ejari, you will need the following documents:
Original signed tenancy contract or a good color copy
Security deposit receipt
Passport copy of the property owner/landlord
Passport copy of the tenant
Copy of the tenant’s visa page
Copy of the tenant’s Emirates ID (front and back)
Ejari fee (AED 220 in person and by email, AED 172 through the REST app)
Original Emirates ID of the tenant (required when registering at an Ejari center)
9-digit DEWA Premises number or a copy of a recent DEWA bill (if applicable)
Valid trade license (for a commercial property)
If you are new to Dubai, you can start the tenancy contract process with a copy of your residence visa application, but an Emirates ID will be necessary for registration.
How Often Does Ejari Need to Be Renewed?
You will need to register a new Ejari whenever you move to a new property or if your landlord gets a new tenant. If you renew your current tenancy contract, you must also renew the Ejari for the new contract duration.
Should you have any questions about Ejari or need assistance with the process, our Private Client Advisory team will be delighted to help. Understanding and complying with Ejari regulations is essential for a hassle-free renting experience in Dubai.