Law No. 26 of 2007

Law No. 26 of 2007
Regulating Relations hip
Between Lan dlor ds an d Tenants
In The Emirate of Dubai

We, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktum, Ruler of Dubai.
• After perusal of Federal Law No. 5 pf 1985, regarding Civil Transactions Law and its amendments.
• And Federal Law No. 10 of 1992 Promulgating Law of Evidence in Civil and Commercial Transactions.
• And Decree No. 2 of 1993, establishing special Judicial Committee to settle Disputes between landlords and tenants.
• And Law No. 16 of 2007, establishing Real Estate Regulatory Agency. Issue the following Law:

Article (1)
This law shall be called Law Regulating Relationship between Landlords and Tenants In The Emirate of Dubai No. 26 of 2007î.
Definition – Scope of Implementation

Article (2)
In implementing provisions of this law, the following words and terms shall have the meaning assigned to them, unless the text otherwise requires:
Emirate: Emirate of Dubai.
Agency: Real Estate Regulatory Agency.
Real Estate: Immovable property and its annexures rented for residential, commercial or professional purposes or any other legal activity.
Tenancy Contract: The contract by which landlord is committed to enable tenant to benefit from the property for specified purpose and period against specified consideration.
Landlord: Natural or Judicial person who has, by law or consent, the right of disposal on the property and to whom the title of the property is transferred during tenancy period or to his representative or legal attorney, including the tenant authorized by the landlord to sublease the property.
Subtenant: Natural or judicial person who benefits from the property, or part thereof, in accordance with a tenancy contract signed with the landlord.
Rent: Specified consideration which the tenant is bound to pay according to tenancy contract.
Committee: Judicial Committee established to settle deputes between landlords and tenants.
Notification: Written notification sent by either of the two parties to the other through notary public, registered mail, personal delivery or by technological means approved by law.

Article (3)
This law shall be applicable to leased properties in the Emirate including open and agricultural lands, excluding hotels and free accommodation provided by natural or judicial persons to their employees.
Tenancy Contract

Article (4)
1. Tenancy relationship between landlord and tenant shall be governed by written tenancy contract signed by them describing property in details, the purpose of tenancy, name of landlord, No. and type of land, name of the area, period and rent value and method of payment.
2. All properties subject to this law, or its amendments, are to be registered with the Agency. However, judicial bodies and governmental departments and authorities should not consider any claim, case or execution based on tenancy contract unless the same is registered with the Agency in accordance with rules and conditions set for this purpose.
Period of Tenancy

Article (5)
Period of tenancy must be specific, otherwise, tenancy contract shall be deemed as valid for the period specified for payment of the rent value.

Article (6)
If the tenant continues to occupy property after expiry of contract period without any objection by landlord, then the contract shall be renewed for similar period or for one year, whichever is less, with the same terms and conditions.

Article (7)
If tenancy contract is due and valid, it cannot be unilaterally terminated by landlord or tenant, unless both parties agree on such termination or in accordance with the provisions of this law.

Article (8)
Sublease contract between tenant and subtenant shall expire by expiry of tenancy contract between landlord and tenant, unless landlord expressly agrees on the extension of sublease contract period.

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