Dubai developers get 60 days to pay DLD registration fees

DLD calls on real estate developers to not exceed the legal period in order to avoid any delay penalties

  
Image for illustrative purposes. Foreign workers are seen in a bus at a construction site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Image for illustrative purposes. Foreign workers are seen in a bus at a construction site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Dubai Land Department (DLD) has called upon all real estate developers in the emirate to pay their property registration services fees within 60 days, stressing that the property registration process is carried out by the real estate developer after the buyer would have submitted the required fees (4 percent of the property's value).

DLD calls on real estate developers to not exceed the legal period in order to avoid any delay penalties that may arise as a result, explaining that the value of the required 4 percent of a property's value is to be paid based on the agreement concluded between the seller and the buyer, whether when registering a whole or partial sale.

Mansoor Zain Alsharif, Manager of the Real Estate Registration Assurance Section in the Real Estate Registration Services Department at DLD, said: "At DLD, we seek to promote the principle of transparency to bring together all relevant parties in the sale or purchase process."

"As such, we cannot stress enough the importance of educating investors about the legal period specified in accordance with the emirate's legislation, given the lack of knowledge of some investors to this regard, and, thus, preserving their rights and preventing them from being exposed to any violations that may result should the specified period be exceeded," he stated.

Alsharif said: "The completion of the property registration process and the payment of registration services fees would also contribute to increasing the number of real estate transactions in the emirate, which in turn is positively and significantly reflected on enhancing the trust of investors and customers in Dubai's real estate market."

This would help attract more investors, specifically in the build-up to Expo 2020, he added.

DLD wants the buyer/investor to settle its property registration fees to the real estate developer to complete the legal registration procedures for the property said Alsharif.

This can done through: An approved bank cheque via one of the methods and means of payment through the Noqodi service (Developer Wallet) available on the Dubai REST app, he stated.

They can also deposit the fees in the approved escrow account that is established by the real estate company responsible for developing the property through a third party, which is usually a Rera-approved bank, he added.

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