Leasing property and management responsibility in UAE

The general standards, which oversee the maintenance commitments of a landowner and inhabitant in the UAE, are set out in Federal Law No. 5/1985 alluding to the Civil Code, and further enhanced in the laws of the individual Emirates.

The general standards are additionally intensified (concretised) in the tenure agreement marked by the landowner and occupant.

The standards in regard of the gatherings’ maintenance commitments apply to private and commercial property as neither the Civil Code nor the laws of the Emirates draw any differentiation between the two (most definitely). In any case, it is practice that the occupant of a commercial property embraces a more noteworthy duty in regard of the maintenance and fix of the leased property’s inside.


Abu Dhabi Tenancy Law: Abu Dhabi Law No. 20/2006 concerning the renting of spaces and directing renting relations among landowners and occupants in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Common Code: Federal Law No. 5/1985 alluding to the Civil Transactions Law.

Dubai Tenancy Law: Dubai Law No. 26/2007 managing the connection among proprietor and tenant; as changed by Dubai Law No. 33/2008.

Rental Dispute Center: The Judicial Committee that manages occupancy related questions in every one of the Emirates.

Leased property: Any property or unit leased to an inhabitant. Horticultural land, inn lofts and property of a business involved by his worker at no charge, are avoided from the definition, as unique arrangements will apply to such property.

Significant maintenance or fundamental fixes: The fixes essential for securing the structure of the leased property and fixes important for the inhabitant to use the leased property, which the proprietor is obliged to do.

Minor maintenance or rental fixes: Minor fixes the inhabitant attempts to complete.

Request Order: The request allowed by the Rental Dispute Center on a dire premise.

Occupancy contract: The composed agreement went into between the landowner and inhabitant.

Down to earth Guidance

The standards set out in the Civil Code are the accompanying:

The landowner has the commitment to fix any abscond that influences the occupant’s utilization and pleasure in the leased property. In the event that the proprietor neglects to do as such, the occupant will reserve the privilege to drop the rent or to apply for a request that he be permitted to impact the fix and recuperate the reasonable and sensible expense thereof from the landowner (article 767(1)).

Note: this would apply to significant imperfections (basic of nature) where the inhabitant is denied of useful occupation or pleasure.

For minor fixes or fixes which require earnest consideration and the landowner neglects to go to thereto or the inhabitant can’t get hold of the proprietor, at that point the occupant is qualified for take care of the fixes and recoup the costs from the proprietor or deduct such cost from the lease due (article 767(2)).

On the off chance that the inhabitant fixes any thing in or on the leased property which has the impact of safeguarding the leased property then the occupant will be qualified for recoup his reasonable and sensible costs, regardless of whether no express consent with that impact is set up with the proprietor (article 768).

The inhabitant must fare thee well (as would a sensible man) of the leased property (article 776).

The occupant will, during the term of the rent, complete the fixes to the leased property, which he is obliged to do as indicated by custom and the inhabitant is obliged to keep the leased property spotless and clean (article 779).

The inhabitant is obliged to return control of the leased property to the landowner upon the expiry of the term in the condition in which he took occupation, subject to any harm thereto, caused or endured no deficiency of the occupant.

The tenure laws of the Emirates

The general standards set out in the Civil Code are intensified in the laws of individual Emirate.

In spite of the fact that the superseding standards will be the equivalent in the entirety of the Emirates, it is prudent to make explicit reference to the material tenure law in every one of the Emirates if managing a leased property in a specific Emirate. As models, we have made make explicit reference to the laws of Dubai and Abu Dhabi underneath.

The Dubai Tenancy Law gives that:

The proprietor is answerable for the maintenance works and fixes of any deformities in regard of the leased property, which may influence the inhabitant’s expected use thereof, except if in any case concurred between the gatherings (article 16).

The landowner is answerable for any deformity, harm, inadequacy or mileage, caused to the leased property in any capacity whatsoever not owing to the issue of the inhabitant (article 17).

The inhabitant is obliged to keep up the leased property as a sensible man would keep up his own property.

The inhabitant must return control of the leased property to the landowner in the condition, which he got occupation, reasonable mileage excepted (article 21).

The Abu Dhabi Tenancy Law reflects the standards set out in the Civil Code and furthermore gives that:

The proprietor will keep up the leased property to keep it fit for use and will do every fundamental fix barring rental fixes during the rental time frame except if in any case concurred (article 7).

Note be that as it may, the accompanying constraint to the inhabitant’s cures in Abu Dhabi:

In the event that the inhabitant neglects to allude a debate to the Rental Dispute Center inside one month of being denied of the utilization or pleasure in the leased property, he will relinquish his entitlement to do as such, except if the occupant can give an adequate motivation to the deferral in looking for the help of the Rental Dispute Center (article 9).

By and by, the gatherings’ individual fix and maintenance commitments are set out in the occupancy contract.

Occupancy contracts regularly utilize the expressions “significant maintenance” or “minor maintenance” when alluding to the gatherings’ individual maintenance commitments.

Private leases

Proprietor’s commitments. In regard of private leased property the landowner is answerable for the “significant maintenance” things which include:

  • any auxiliary repairs;
  • the cooling framework and the cleaning thereof;
  • the pipes and sterile installation;
  • the electrical framework.

In the event that a leased property is leased as outfitted, which is regular in private condo obstructs, this incorporates the significant furniture things, e.g., the TV, beds, relax suites, clothes washer and kitchen apparatuses, the maintenance of these things will fall under the guideline of “reasonable mileage.” For instance, if the blower of the ice chest should be supplanted, the landowner would need to take care of that or at any rate repay the inhabitant for the expense of such. Notwithstanding, in the event that any of these things are obliterated or harmed by the inhabitant, at that point the occupant would be obliged to fix the harm. On account of the refrigerator, in the event that one the glass racks breaks, the occupant would need to supplant it.

Inhabitant’s commitments

The maintenance commitments of the inhabitant (being “minor maintenance”) are those related with everyday utilization of the leased property’s furnishings and machines by the occupant, which would incorporate supplanting any things that the inhabitant breaks.

The inhabitant is obliged to restore the leased property to the proprietor in the condition that it was the point at which the inhabitant took occupation, subject to reasonable mileage. It’s inhabitant’s commitment to supplant any messed up or harmed things (brought about by the occupant) and the obligation for the expense of repainting and cleaning the leased property on the end of the rent.

Commercial leases

In spite of the fact that there is no qualification drawn among private and commercial rents in regard of the gatherings’ maintenance commitments in any of the tenure laws, by and by the inhabitant of commercial warehouse for rent in Ras Al Khor embraces risk (duty) regarding a more noteworthy part of the maintenance obligation.

An average statement in a commercial rent would be: “The inhabitant will at its own expense and cost and consistently be dependable to fix, clean, keep up and keep the leased property (counting the mechanical, electrical and plumbing frameworks contained in that) in great and safe working request and condition notwithstanding forestalling any blockage of any sewerage or water funnels or depletes in or utilized regarding the leased property and evacuate at its expenses and costs any deterrent or blockage of sewerage, water channels or depletes.

The inhabitant will think about and keep up the inside of the leased property, and keep all the keys, locks, entryways, windows, sewerage dish and funnels, electrical establishments, water taps and appurtenances in that in great request and condition. At the end of the rent understanding, the inhabitant will return and redeliver the leased property to the landowner in like great request and condition, subject to sensible mileage, and the occupant thus embraces to make great and fix at its own expenses and costs any harm/s or breakages and where appropriate repay the proprietor for the expenses and costs acquired by the landowner in supplanting, fixing or making great any messed up, harmed or missing things.”

In the event that a proprietor neglects to satisfy his maintenance commitments, the occupant may record a protest with the Rental Dispute Center for a request to force the proprietor to impact the fixes (a Petition Order).

The inhabitant may likewise take care of the fixes himself and guarantee the sum thereof as harms from the landowner or deduct the sum from a future rental installment.

The inhabitant may likewise reserve the option to end the tenure agreement under certain conditions.

In the event that any of these approaches are to be sought after it is significant for the inhabitant to conform to the particulars of the occupancy contract in regard of any notification which is required to be given to the proprietor (penetrate notice) before any such moves are made.

There are court charges which will be payable for any case for remuneration or for retraction of the tenure agreement which must be considered.

Essentially, the proprietor has the privilege to recuperate the expenses of any maintenance and fixes from the inhabitant , for which the occupant is at risk. This is normally deducted from the occupant’s store. The landowner may likewise allude any question to the Rental Dispute Center.

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