Abu Dhabi is a great area for properties to rent but if you’re a new renter, there are a few things you should consider. Knowing a few legal facts can help to prevent any accommodation woes that may arise further down the line. If you’re looking to rent in Abu Dhabi or have just rented a property in the capital, here are a few points to remember.

Rental caps have been removed

Previously, you may have been able to fight against your rent being increased. However, landlords are now able to request that tenants are evicted if they don’t agree to new rental rates.

Mandatory information in a tenancy contract

The tenancy contract should state the rent price, usually within the range of the Rent Index and whether the property is furnished or unfurnished.

Property rent payment terms

The standard payment terms are usually one, two or quarterly payments depending on the landlord’s preference. However, landlords may be inclined to agree to a lower rent price if tenants make one full payment for the property in advance.

Registering a tenancy contract

If you’re dealing with the landlord directly, then ensure that he/she has registered the property with the Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM). You can do so by checking the property registration certificate.

Next, have the landlord draw up a Tenancy Contract for your review. Check all the terms and conditions with regards to the tenancy period, rent amount, maintenance and other charges.

Disputes will now be taken to a judge

Previously, the Rent Dispute Settlement Committee resolved grievances relating to an increase in rent. Residents were then able to pay their rent via the committee once getting their approval. Now complaints will be resolved by a judge.

A landlord can sell the residence you rent

Despite you being a tenant, a landlord still has the right to sell the property. However, the landlord has to give you 12 months’ notice to vacate the building. This is when they decide to market the property for sale. When a buyer has been found, you can then negotiate your tenancy with them, though of course, that depends upon whether they want to live in the property themselves.

There are legal requirements relating to eviction

You cannot just be evicted from your property with no notice. For residential properties, two months’ notice before the end of a contract needs to be given in relation to leaving the property, according to Article 20(3) of the Tenancy Law. Furthermore, the landlord can’t request eviction unless four years have passed. You can renew your contract with your landlord for periods of less than four years but the rental fee can increase.

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