As an expat, finding accommodation in Dubai can be difficult if you’re not accustomed to the jargon associated with tenancy contracts in the emirate. One term you’re guaranteed to hear when dealing with real estate matters in Dubai is ‘Ejari’. We’ve put together this comprehensive guide of absolutely everything you need to know about it for those unfamiliar with the term. Let’s take a look, starting with the basics and progressing into the intricacies.
WHAT IS EJARI?
Ejari is a government-run program to regulate all tenancy contracts in Dubai. The word ‘Ejari’ literally translates to ‘My Rent’ in Arabic.
- The Ejari system in Dubai is a RERA initiative under the provisions of Law No. 26 of 2007. The law states that all rental contracts for properties in Dubai have to be registered online through the official portal, a state-of-the-art system built to protect landlords and tenants in the city.
- It is an integral part of renting apartments in Dubai to ensure tenancy contracts are drafted into a legally binding document structured in a government-approved format.
- The Ejari tenancy contract acts as evidence of the validity of your tenancy, creating transparency if a dispute should arise. It also officially records the rents agreed on, so landlords cannot indiscriminately increase the rent when it is time to renew the tenancy contract in Dubai. This is the ideal time for tenants to decide whether they are happy with their current home. They must take a couple of things into consideration before renewing their contract in Dubai.
- The contract is used for all rental transactions, including renewals, cancellations, transfers and terminations, as an official record providing all the essential details.
KEY BENEFITS OF EJARI SYSTEM
Besides making sure that all rental transactions in the emirate are clear and transparent, there are several other benefits to having the Ejari system in place:
- As a renter, it can help you do the requisite background check on the landlord and the property by requesting historical data to be more aware of the arrangements you are getting into.
- There is no room for fraud or tampering of documents by either the landlord or the tenant, which again clarifies if there is any contention in the future.
- It helps clamps down on illegal housing and unfair exploitation within the real estate market.
- The Ejari system ensures a smooth relationship between landlords and tenants.
EJARI REGISTRATION: HOW TO REGISTER FOR EJARI IN DUBAI
The responsibility to register Ejari rests with both the tenant and landlord, but in most cases, it is the tenant or the real estate agent who completes the process.
There are two methods to register Ejari. Either you can do it online through the Ejari portal and Dubai rest app or by visiting any of the Ejari approved centres.
REGISTERING EJARI THROUGH CENTRES
Here is how you can register your tenancy contract through Ejari typing centres in Dubai:
DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR EJARI REGISTRATION
While applying through Ejari centres, you must submit the following documents:
- A tenancy contract
- A copy of Emirates ID, passport, commercial license or power of attorney (if assigned) of the tenant
- A letter from the landlord stating the meter number (if there are shared electricity meters)
- An undertaking form of the data validity (if registered through real estate services trustees)
The Dubai Land Department has listed the following fees for Ejari in Dubai:
EJARI REGISTRATION FEES
- AED 155 for registration (excluding VAT)
- AED 10 – Knowledge fees
- AED 10 – Innovation fees
FEE FOR EJARI REGISTRATION AT THE REAL ESTATE SERVICES CENTRE
- AED 219.75 (including VAT)
REGISTERING EJARI ONLINE
The Ejari online application system has two key methods. You can sign up for a tenancy contract through Ejari online system or the Dubai REST app.
THROUGH EJARI SYSTEM
The online registration system is applicable for the following:
- The landlords and/or their representatives
- Property management companies
- Real estate brokers
Based on the group of individuals we listed above, it is evident that tenants cannot register on Ejari’s official website. They can only register online through the Dubai REST app. Those who can register online through the system can follow this online Ejari registration method.
THROUGH DUBAI REST APP
Tenants can, however, register their Ejari tenancy contract through the Dubai REST app. The process is simple:
- Download the Dubai REST app
- Go to the ‘Services’ section
- Select RERA
- Opt for the ‘Register Ejari Contract’
- Fill out the required fields
- Upload the documents
EJARI ONLINE FEES
The fee to register Ejari through the Dubai REST app or the Ejari System is AED 175.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
- It generally takes 1-2 working days to process and generate the Ejari number.
- Once the Ejari online registration is complete, you will receive the official Ejari contract.
- It comprises the main terms and conditions, an attestation acknowledging that your contract is registered with Ejari online and a breakdown of your payment.
WHAT MANDATES AN EJARI CONTRACT?
Every time you sign a new tenancy contract in Dubai, you must also complete an Ejari registration. This is a mandatory requirement, not just by the RERA but also for several other associated formalities. Here are a few things which require an Ejari contract:
- Residence visas, new applications and renewals
- Telephone/television/internet connection
- Obtaining a commercial license
- Employing domestic staff
- Acquiring an alcohol licence
- Electricity and water connection
EJARI CONTACT NUMBER
If you need information or have any queries, you contact the authorities on: +971-800-4488.
There are various centres to assist you with the registration process, the most popular one being Al Manara Centre Ejari on Sheikh Zayed Road. If you are searching for a centre located close to you, here is a complete list of Ejari registration centres that may help you.
Now that we’ve covered what Ejari, the Ejari registration process and the documents required for Ejari are, let’s look at some FAQ.
How much time does it take to register the Ejari contract?
It usually takes one to two days to get the Ejari certificate after submitting all the required documents.
Who is responsible for registering Ejari?
The tenants and landlord of a property are responsible for registering Ejari once the tenancy has been created. It is, however, usually the agency or the tenants who take care of the registration and bear the associated costs.
How to download an Ejari certificate?
To download an Ejari certificate:
- Visit dubailand.gov.ae
- Add your contact number, then add a ‘DEWA Premise Number’ or ‘Municipality Number.’
- Click ‘Download PDF’
What is an Ejari Number?
Once the tenancy contract is logged into Ejari, you are given a unique number. This is also colloquially known as the Ejari Number.
How often should I renew the Ejari and what is the process to do so?
Ejari renewal is required every time you renew the tenancy contract for your apartment or villa for rent in Dubai, which in most cases will be once a year. You can renew the contract online by submitting all the required Ejari renewal documents.
According to current RERA regulations, it is not possible to register with Ejari if the previous contracts are not registered already. So if you have missed out on registering an earlier tenancy contract with Ejari, you would have to do that first.
Is it possible for tenants to access the Ejari online system and register the contract by themselves?
Only landlords, their representatives, property management companies and its employees can register for an Ejari account:
- If you are a landlord or estate agent registering for an Ejari account, you will need to undergo a mandatory 1-day training session at RERA.
- After receiving this training certificate, you need to visit the Dubai Land Department and complete registration for an Ejari account.
- After completing the training, your account will be activated by RERA and your username and password will be sent to you via e-mail within 2 working days.
How do I cancel an Ejari contract?
It is important to cancel the Ejari as soon as your tenant moves out. This is the responsibility of the landlord. As per RERA law, there should only be one Ejari registration against a property. If the previous Ejari has not been cancelled, the next tenant cannot register a new Ejari. Here is how a landlord can cancel Ejari in Dubai.
Is it possible to get Ejari for a hotel apartment in Dubai?
Yes, it is. As per the authorities, those leasing hotel apartments should submit their tenancy documents at the GDRFA instead of the Land Department. You should also get a letter from the hotel stating that you are a tenant of a room at the hotel and specifying the annual rent you will be paying.
The letter should bear the hotel manager’s signature and be stamped with the hotel’s official seal. Aside from this, you will also need to produce your passport and a DEWA bill.
Which are the most popular areas to rent in Dubai?
This can depend on which property type you’re interested in. If you prefer the ease and convenience of living in a flat, the apartments for rent in Dubai Marina or Jumeirah Village Circle are among the most popular choices. On the other hand, those looking for a bigger home can consider villas in Arabian Ranches or Mirdif.
That brings an end to our guide on Ejari. If rather than renting, you’re thinking of purchasing a home, these legal steps for buying a property in Dubai will help you make the right decision.
Also, note that when the tenant vacates the property, the landlord needs to cancel the tenancy contract. To complete the Ejari cancellation process, you can either visit any of the Ejari centres or apply online.
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