Do Landlord have the right to increase the Rent in Dubai?

Decree No 43 of 2013 regulates rental increases as follows:
  • No increase is allowed if the existing rent is up to 10% less than the average rental for similar real property units in the same location.
  • 5% increase is allowed if the rent is 11–20% less than the average.
  • 10% increase if the rent is 21–30% less than the average.
  • 15% increase if the rent is 31–40% less than the average.
The DLD has a free Rent Increase Calculator, based on the rent index, readily accessible on its website to check whether any increase in the annual rent applies. 0% increase if the rent is more than 40 per cent less than the average.

New Branch of Dubai Court


Dubai Court is delighted to announce that they have a new branch at Wafi Mall to provide the Legal Services listed in below:

  1. Amicable Settlement of Dispute

  2. Notary Public

  3. Attestation Personal Status

Address: First Floor, Wafi Mall, Umm Hurair, Dubai

When Landlord may demand eviction of the tenant ?

Landlord may demand eviction of tenant upon expiry of tenancy contract in the following cases:
  • If development requirements in the Emirate requires demolition and reconstruction of the property in accordance with government authorities instructions.
  • If the property requires renovation or comprehensive maintenance which cannot be executed while tenant is occupying the property, provided that a technical report attested by Dubai Municipality is to be submitted to this effect.
  • If landlord wishes to demolish the property for reconstruction or to add new constructions that prevent tenant from benefiting from the leased property, provided that necessary licenses are obtained.
  • If landlord wishes to recover the property for use by him personally or by his next of kin of first degree.
However, in all above mentioned four cases, landlord must notify tenant with reasons of eviction at least ninety (90) days prior to expiry date of tenancy contract. Article:
If upon expiry of the tenancy period, the landlord demands recovery of the property for his own use, or use by his first degree next of kin, and the Committee approves the same, then landlord shall not rent the property to others before one year from date of recovery of the property, otherwise the tenant shall have the right to request the Committee to order proper compensation to him.

Dishonor of Cheque


Article 401 of the Penal Code of the UAE states that “A punishment of confinement or a fine shall be inflicted upon any person who, in bad faith draws a cheque without no existing or withdrawal provision, or after issuing the cheque, withdraws all or part of the fund so the balance becomes insufficient to settle the amount of the cheque, any person who endorses or delivers to another cheque payable to the bearer, whilst being aware that there are no existing funds covering its value, or it cannot be drawn, shall be liable to the same punishment.”

The aforementioned is the summaries of the outcome of Dishonour of cheque only however the cheque can be issued for different occasion and will have accordingly different outcome as per the subject in below:

  1. Guarantee Cheque
    • Gurantee cheque issued in favor of banks and finance
    • Issued in favour of Indivdial
  2. Corporate cheque or personal Cheque
  3. Post Dated Cheque or Current date Cheque
  4. Discounted Cheque
  5. Blank Cheque
  6. Lost Cheque
  7. Cheque in favor of Land rod
  8. Cheque is issued following to the terms of Agreement

The UAE’s Commercial Transactions Law states that issuing a cheque while knowingly lacking the funds to cover it is a criminal offence. Cheques are widely used as collateral for large purchases and loans made to businesses and consumers.

There has been some movement in the right direction. The Central Bank has endorsed a direct-debit system that will replace cheques in certain transactions, and the establishment of a national credir bureau due by the end of this year, will allow banks to share data on customer lending. These initiatives, coming on top of a December 2012 decree by the President, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa, that federal courts should not accept bounced cheques alone as evidence of a crime, will hopefully ensure the demise of the cheque as an instrument of security on loans.

How to contest a traffic fine in Dubai

Dubai: If you believe you didn’t commit a traffic offence or weren’t at a particular place at the time a traffic fine was issued against you, or were driving within the speed limit but the radar flashed, then you can contest the fine, Dubai Police said.

Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director, traffic department at Dubai Police, told Gulf News that if a motorist can prove his case, the traffic fine will be waived off in less than five days once the case is registered.

“There are many options for individuals to contest a traffic fine in Dubai. Mistakes can happen and it’s the driver’s right to contest a fine if he or she is sure they didn’t commit a traffic violation,” Brigadier Al Mazroui said.

However, Al Mazroui said complainants must carry the supporting documents to prove their case.

Once you have filed a complaint, a special committee will look into your case. The committee consists of six officers — deputy general at traffic department, two traffic control officers, a fines officer, representative of the Financial Supervisory General Headquarters of Dubai Police, and a representative of the Legal Affairs.

If the ruling is in favour of the complainant, the traffic violation will be cancelled immediately.

However, if the ruling doesn’t satisfy the driver then he should take a copy of the findings and approach Dubai Traffic Prosecution, which will issue the final verdict.

“In many cases it’s a mistake in the plate number’s code and easily can be changed and the fine can be erased in less than an hour without a need to go to the special committee. If you think your fine was unfair then please contact us to solve the problem,” Brigadier Al Mazroui added.

How to contest traffic fine:

The driver can go to the General Directorate of Traffic headquarters to file a complaint.

The driver can also call on 04-6063755 or go through the Dubai Police website ( to do the same, or install the Dubai Police app and click on the ‘contest a fine’ link.
© Gulf News

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