Dubai Cityscape 2014 has come and gone and one of the highlights from this mega-property show was a speech from RERA’s CEO, Marwan bin Ghalita.
In an attempt to explain and clarify RERA law, he stated that a landlord does not have the right to simply evict their tenants. If a landlord is serving a 12 month notice to vacate due to wanting to sell the property, he must prove it by giving the tenant a copy of the memorandum or understanding (MOU). If the landlord can not provide a valid MOU, the tenant has the right to bring the matter to the rental dispute committee. In addition, in the case where the owner does not sell the property, the committee will then ‘block it in the system so he/she can’t rent it’ .
He further went on to say that if there is no valid reason per RERA law for the eviction, the rental committee is likely to extend the contract. If the owner chooses to use it for personal use then he/she can not lease it for two years.