Ejari means ‘My Rent’ in Arabic. It is an online initiative taken by RERA that facilitates property owners and tenants in Dubai. Using Ejari, they can easily register rental agreements. Furthermore, It makes these contracts conveniently accessible to owners and real estate management companies and protects the rights of everyone involved in rental deals.
It’s also an attempt to create a robust regulatory system by which renewals, cancellations, transfers and terminations can be logged. Since 14 March 2010, it has been mandatory for all landlords or companies acting on behalf of landlords to get rental contracts registered.
Have a look at some of the key benefits associated with Ejari certification:
- Establishes full transparency between the landlord and the tenant
- Standardises and fully integrates rental contracts into the legal framework
- Easy access to official and updated information of all rented properties in Dubai
- Platform to revise rental contracts seamlessly, in the event of disputes
- Issuing of valid rent receipts
- Provides a platform for renters to conduct a background check on the property and the landlord’s reputation.
- Minimises the cases of frauds
- Limits the chances of documents tempering
How to Register Ejari Contract – A Step by Step Guide
Rental contracts can be registered in two ways; either through their website or by visiting their office. Both the property owner and tenants are responsible to apply for an Ejari certificate. However, in many cases, it is either renter or the real estate agent who fulfils this responsibility and bears the cost of contract registration at Ejari. The concerned parties can now also use Ejari app to conveniently register the contract.
Have a look at this step by step guide that will help you to register rental agreement both online and offline:
How to Register Tenancy with Ejari Offline?
Step # 1: Visit an approved office during the working hours. Bear in mind that these offices are closed on Friday and Saturday. They are operational on weekdays from 9:00am till 5:00pm.
Step # 2: Pay the registration fees. It amounts to AED 215 excluding 5% VAT.
Step # 3: Submit the necessary documents required for Ejari registration. These include:
- Passport of tenant and landlord
- UAE visa of tenant
- Valid Emirates ID of tenant
- Rental contract
- Rental property’s title deed
- DEWA connection receipt or a recent bill
- Trade licence (mandatory for commercial entities only)
Once you have submitted all documents and deposited the fees, your application will be processed and you will be allotted an Ejari number. After the whole process is complete, your official Ejari contract will be ready. It will contain major terms and conditions along with an attestation. The latter acknowledges that the rental contract is registered with Ejari. Other than that, you will also receive a receipt containing a breakdown of Ejari fees.
How to Register Tenancy with Ejari Online?
Step # 1: Open the official Ejari website or Dubai Rest mobile app
Step # 2: Upload scanned copies of documents. Ejari requirements for documents are the same as for offline registration.
Step # 3: Make a payment. Ejari online registration charges are AED 585 including:
- Fee for certification registration: AED 100
- Ejari License: AED 55
- Innovation Fee: AED 10
- Knowledge Fee: AED 10
- VAT: AED 5
- Online Express Registration: AED 365
After completing the process, it will take 1 to 2 working days for your application to be processed. Then, you will receive the number. The rest of the details are the same as offline Ejari registration.
Important Things Everyone in Dubai Must Know
Here are some of the most important things related to Ejari registration everyone in Dubai must be aware of. From Ejari renewal to cancellation, this section sheds light on each aspect related to this initiative by RERA.
Ejari is Mandatory
A lot of people have this question Is Ejari mandatory in Dubai?. The answer to this question is yes. For every new property in Dubai that you rent, you need to apply for an Ejari registration. This means that every time an individual signs a rental contract, RERA requires them to obtain an Ejari certificate.
When a tenancy contract is renewed, the Ejari certificate must also be renewed with it. In most cases, the contract for rental properties in Dubai is renewed once a year. For renewal, the tenant, landlord or the agent involved can apply by visiting the office. They can also avail Ejari renewal online services for a more convenient process. Bear in mind that it is important to have the original certificate in possession while renewing it.
According to the RERA law, only one Ejari registration is valid against a residential property. Therefore, it is important to cancel the existing certificate, once the renter has moved out of the property. Generally, the property owner is responsible for Ejari cancellation. Without cancelling the previous one, the landlord wouldn’t be able to apply for a new certificate in case of renting their property again.
The cancellation process requires the property owner to visit an Ejari office and submit a copy of the previous contract. Along with that, they will also need to submit a cancellation letter or a NOC. To get an Ejari certificate cancelled, the property owner will have to deposit a fee of AED 30. Once they have fulfilled all the requirements, the registration will be cancelled within 30 minutes.
The process of Ejari termination can also be completed through their online portal or app.
Ejari Information System
Ejari information system can be accessed by certified Ejari users or real estate agents. To get this access, the user needs to attend a training course for one day at RERA. After that, they will be required to pass an exam.
Ejari for a Hotel Apartment
Ejari certification is necessary to be obtained for hotel apartments as per RERA authorities. However, instead of DLD, they are required to submit their rental contracts and other documents (DEWA bill, passport etc.) at The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA). The tenant, in case of renting a hotel apartment, must get a letter from a property/hotel. This letter should confirm their tenancy and it should also have annual rent they are liable to pay mentioned on it.
It is important to note that this letter will be invalid if it doesn’t have the official seal of the hotel along with the manager’s signature.
Ejari’s Contact Details
In the case of ambiguity, concern or issue, you can directly contact at +971-800-4488. The courteous staff there will guide you through the whole registration/renewal/termination process. You can also visit Ejari’s offices located across the city for assistance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]