Have you found your perfect place to rent? First on the agenda is registering your Ejari to mutually protect and legalise the relationship between yourself and the landlord. The word ‘Ejari’ actually translates to ‘My Rent’ in Arabic. Keep reading as we disclose everything you need to know about Ejari’s and how to get yourself registered in Dubai.
What is Ejari?
Launched in 2007 by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), Ejari is a mandatory online registration system for all tenancy contracts within Dubai. It ensures all private rental contracts are drafted legally and structured as per a government-approved format and officially records the agreed rental price to avoid any potential issues that may arise between landlord and tenant. Additionally, registering Ejari is an essential first step in being able to setup DEWA accounts for water and electricity.
What are the benefits of the Ejari system?
The Ejari system ensures a smooth relationship between landlords and tenants; as the rental price is recorded, it eliminates fraud or tampering with documents by either the landlord or the tenant. Additionally, it is evidence of the validity of a tenancy contract, clamps down on illegal housing and creates transparency in the event of a dispute.
Who is responsible for Ejari registration?
Although registering the Ejari is primarily the landlord’s responsibility, in practice, it is the tenant’s obligation or, if the property is managed, the agency must complete the process.
Where can tenants access the Ejari system and register the contract?
Tenants can either register Ejari via a trustee centre or register themselves using the Dubai REST (Dubai Real Estate Self Transaction) application. This digital platform manages real estate activities by owners, tenants and other service providers.
Is there a fee for registering an Ejari account?
If you register through the application or the system, the fees are as per below:
Through Real Estate Services Trustees Centres, the costs are as follows:
How long does it take to get Ejari?
Once the registration is complete, you will receive the official Ejari contract with all the terms and conditions and a unique Ejari ID within one to two working days if you apply through the website and instantly through the Dubai REST application. You will then receive a text message to set up your DEWA connection.
How does one register for Ejari?
To register Ejari online through the application, tenants need to:
What are the documents required?
When the tenant renews their tenancy contract, does Ejari need to be renewed for the same property?
Ejari renewal is required every time you renew the tenancy contract for your rental property in Dubai, which can be done online by submitting all the necessary Ejari renewal documents
Which are the transactions that mandate an Ejari contract?
When should the Ejari be cancelled?
It is the responsibility of the landlord to cancel the Ejari as soon as the tenant moves out, as there should only be one Ejari registration against a property. If the previous Ejari is not cancelled, the new tenant may have issues with registration.
What are the permissible rent increases for a property?
Any rental increase has to be agreed upon by both the landlord and the tenant no less than 90 days before the current tenancy contract expires. It can only be increased based on the rental index calculator, which gives an average of similar properties in the same community. This is a free service that either party can check on RERA’s website and is calculated as per below:
What is the procedure for cancellation?
Once the landlord has the NOC (No-Objection Certificate) or cancellation letter, they can either visit any of the Ejari offices in Dubai or download the cancellation form online and fill in the necessary details. The cost for cancellation is AED 30 and is usually completed within an hour of submitting all the required documents.
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