The Ejari tenancy contract is an important and necessary part of renting properties in Dubai. However, the process of how to register Ejari online can appear to be time-consuming and complex for first-timers. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to make a tenancy contract in Dubai authenticated via the official Ejari website or the Dubai REST app with minimal investment of time and effort.
WHAT IS EJARI?
Ejari, meaning ‘my rent’ in Arabic, is an initiative by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) to regulate the rental market and tenancy contracts in Dubai. Implemented in 2010, the initiative requires all rental and lease contracts for properties in Dubai to be registered on the state-of-the-art Ejari Dubai portal.
Through the Ejari system, the rights of all parties involved in the tenancy contract are protected. The Ejari tenancy contract acts as evidence of the validity of your rental agreement and guarantees transparency. The Ejari certificate is also prerequisite should any rental disputes arise and you have to, for instance, contest an unfair rent increase in Dubai.
Once you register your Ejari online or through one of the approved Ejari centres, an Ejari number, which is a unique barcode will be allocated to it. An attested Ejari Dubai contract is strictly required when applying for:
- Water and electricity (DEWA) connection
- Telephone and internet connection
- Obtaining commercial licenses
- Residences visas and other things
The Ejari Dubai certificate acts as the Ejari tenancy contract attestation in Dubai. You need to submit a copy of your Ejari certificate for any of the above mentioned purposes. Ejari tenancy contract attestation in Dubai can be printed online from ejari.ae whenever its required.
HOW TO REGISTER EJARI ONLINE ON THE WEBSITE
Typically, the process of registering the Ejari tenancy contract and associated fees are taken care of by the landlord or their real estate agent. Here is everything you need to know about how to make a tenancy contract in Dubai, in other words how to register Ejari online.
WHO CAN REGISTER EJARI ONLINE?
To register Ejari online, an account needs to be made on the official Ejari website to access the online system. The following group of people are allowed to create an Ejari account on the official website:
- The landlords and/or their representatives
- Property management companies
- Real estate brokers
- Tenants cannot create an Ejari Dubai account on the official website but they can register Ejari online using the Dubai REST app.
- Tenants can also, check with their real estate agent(s) who already have an Ejari Dubai account, to carry out the process on their behalf.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR EJARI REGISTRATION ONLINE
Wants to register Ejari online? You need to scan and upload the following documents required for Ejari:
- Passport of the landlord
- Emirates ID of the tenant
- Title deed of the rented property
- Original unified tenancy contract
Apart from these, it’s best to check with your real estate agent if they require any other documents to register online. Other Ejari requirements could include copies of your:
- UAE residence visa
- Recent DEWA bill
- Trade licence(s) in case of commercial properties
HOW TO REGISTER
For landlords who wish to register the Ejari tenancy contract via the Ejari website, the process is quite straight forward. All they have to do is:
- Visit the official Ejari website
- Create an Ejari account
- upload the documents required for Ejari
- Pay the Ejari fees
- Submit application
Once you submit your Ejari Dubai application, it takes roughly 24 to 48 hours (working days) to receive your registered Ejari tenancy contract via mail.
The documents sent to you will comprise three important things:
- Ejari tenancy contract with the Ejari number
- Ejari registration certificate (also acts as Ejari tenancy contract attestation in Dubai)
- Fee payment receipt
Ejari Registration on Dubai REST App
While tenants cannot register Ejari online via the website, they can register their Ejari contract themselves using the Dubai REST application. This application provides Dubai residents access to a variety of real estate services, including Ejari registration on Dubai REST app.
To register Ejari online using the Dubai REST app, tenants need to:
- Download the Dubai REST application
- Open the ‘Services’ tab and select ‘RERA’
- Go to the ‘Register Ejari Contract’ option
- Fill out the application
- attach the required documents and submit
Once the application is submitted, the owner/landlord must also register Ejari on the Dubai REST app and approve the tenant’s registration request.
After the approval is given, the application will request payment of the Ejari registration fee.
- Pay the Ejari registration fee
- The Ejari contract will be immediately issued on the Dubai REST app
The fee to register Ejari through the Dubai REST app is AED 170, with an additional charge of 5% VAT, as of September 2020.
EJARI ONLINE REGISTRATION FEES
The fees to register the Ejari contract online is currently AED 170, plus 5% VAT, as of September 2020.
You can also renew Ejari online, which needs to be done every time you renew your tenancy contract. The Ejari online renewal fee is also AED 170, plus 5% VAT.
EJARI TYPING CENTERS
Other than the online registration, tenants and landlords can also visit the designated Ejari typing centres in Dubai along with the relevant documents.
Approved Ejari centres are located in
- Al Barsha Mall
- Al Manara Centre
- Oud Metha
- Port Saeed
Ejari typing centres operate Saturday to Thursday and follow general working hours.
- Ejari desk timings: 08:00 am to 08:00 pm | Saturdays 09:00 am to 02:00 pm
Some Ejari centre locations may have different business hours. It’s always better to confirm the timings prior to your intended visit.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Besides enquiring about the details of registering Ejari online, people also ask the following questions.
IS EJARI MANDATORY?
Yes, under Law 26 of 2007 by RERA, it is mandatory to register Ejari. The Ejari system ensures rights and responsibilities of Dubai tenants and the landlords by structuring all rental agreements in a government-approved format and making them legally binding.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR EJARI ONLINE RENEWAL?
To renew Ejari online, you need the following documents.
- Copies of the Emirates ID, passport and visa of the Tenant
- Copies of the Emirates ID or Passport of the Landlord
- Copy of the title deed
- Previous Ejari copy
- DEWA bill
WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF EJARI ONLINE RENEWAL?
The online process for Ejari renewal is similar to the initial process of registering Ejari online. The basic difference is the change of service, where instead of opting for registration, you will choose “Ejari Renewal” from the services tab.
WHO PAYS FOR EJARI IN DUBAI?
The onus of paying the Ejari online registration fees usually lies on the tenant.
CAN I CANCEL EJARI?
Yes you can cancel Ejari under certain circumstances. To know how and when you can cancel Ejari, refer to our Ejari Cancellation Guide.
EJARI CONTACT NUMBER
Have more questions? You can contact the official authorities from the DLD.
- Contact: +971-800-4488
- Office timings: Sunday to Thursday 07:30 am – 02:30 pm
Or alternatively, send us an email at email@example.com and we’ll get the information to you!
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