May 10 2012
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Know your rights: How much rent can be hiked in Dubai?
However, this should not be the case as there are legal clauses in place for rent hikes in the city. According to legal experts with top firms in Dubai, landlords are allowed hikes which are set out as per government guidelines.
For those tenants who can foresee rent hikes on the property they are living in, this is what they should consider. First, they need to look at the time when they signed the lease of the property.
"For properties leased prior to January 2011, no increases will be permitted if the rent is less than 25 per cent of the average rent for similar property in the same area. If it is more than 25 per cent, then there is a staggered permitted increase ranging from 5 per cent to 15 per cent.
"The increase of rent in Dubai is governed by Amiri Decree 2 of 2011," Mohammed Kawasmi, Head of Property, Northern Emirates at Al Tamimi & Company told this website.
However, in case of a dispute, the parties should approach the Rent Committee, which has been set up to resolve such cases.
"If the landlord requests an increase in violation to the said Decree, then the tenant has the right to file a case at the Rent Committee which will decide on this based on the said Decree," added Kawasmi.
"If the parties do not reach agreement on this, the Rent Committee may decide a fair rent and have consideration to the RERA rental index calculator. The RERA rental index calculator currently states that no increases will be permitted if the rent is less than 25 per cent of average rent for similar property in the same area. If it is more than 25 per cent, then there is a staggered permitted increase ranging from 5 per cent to 15 per cent. Ultimately, however, the Rent Committee is not bound by the RERA rental index, and can make awards on the basis of the particular circumstances of each case," said the Clyde & Co expert.
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