Your most pressing questions about Ejari – answered
As new residential projects in Dubai continue to come to fruition, more and more individuals are looking at investing in properties in the city or opting to move there permanently. After all, Dubai has plenty to offer residents — from excellent schools to world-class dining, endless entertainment options to a high-standard of living and, of course, beautiful apartments.
If you are considering renting a place in Dubai, you are quickly going to start hearing about ‘Ejari’, an integral aspect of the renting process. To help you navigate this system, keep reading to have your most pressing questions about Ejari answered.
1. What is Ejari?
A close translation of the Arabic word ‘Ejari’ is ‘My rent’, which gives you a relatively good idea of what this system is all about. Ejari was introduced in Dubai in 2010 in order to regulate and assist the locale's rental market and protect landlords and tenants alike. For this reason, Ejari registration is mandatory.
Created by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), this system has proven to manage the needs of both parties effectively. It achieves this by facilitating transparency between the landlord and tenant and making the creation of contracts easy and efficient, while still meeting the government-approved composition.
Ejari is a fundamental aspect of opting to rent in Dubai as it ensures that all rental contracts are composed into the appropriate legally binding document structure. In the case of a dispute between landlord and tenant, Ejari will serve as evidence. Upon inputting your contract into the system, you will be provided with an Ejari number, which you will then have to use in order to set up your home connections (such as electricity, water, and Internet).
2. How do I register for Ejari?
All rental properties in Dubai are required by law to be registered through Ejari. There are a couple of different options for completing the registration. For example, you can complete it offline by going to one of the approved centres that are located around the city, usually open Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (always check the opening hours beforehand). If you choose this option, registration fees are currently AED 215 plus 5% VAT.
Alternatively, you can register online through the Ejari portal or by using the new Ejari smart app. For this to work, your landlord must be registered on the app so that they can approve the documents. To start this process, you will first have to upload scanned copies of the required documents. These documents include your passport, your UAE visa, your Emirates ID, your tenancy contract, the title deeds of the rented property, your recent DEWA bill or connection receipt, and your landlord's passport. If you opt to register for Ejari online, the fee is AED 170 plus 5% VAT.
3. What does registration include?
As it doesn't include too many technicalities, for most people, Ejari registration is a simple process. All that you need to input are the basic details of the apartment, the details of the landlord or rental company, and the terms of the agreement. Once all of these details have been entered into the system, you will receive a unique code that will be the reference.
Generally, the tenant or the real estate agent oversees the process and pays the related fees. However, it is the responsibility of both the tenant and the landlord to ensure that everything is completed on-time and thoroughly.
4. How long does the process take?
In most cases, after you have completed the application and submitted the necessary documents, you should receive your Ejari in one to two days. A quick turnaround time is more likely if you and your landlord have used the Ejari app.
5. Do I have to renew it?
Every time you renew your tenancy contract, you will also need to renew your Ejari. For this reason, you are likely going to renew it once a year. Even if you are staying in the same apartment, when you renew your contract, you also have to complete an Ejari registration for the new contract.
Furthermore, as they do not cancel automatically when a contract expires, you also need to ensure that the previous Ejairi has been cancelled before you move into a new apartment. Otherwise, your Ejari registration and certificate may be significantly delayed.
The renewal process can be done both in-person and online, as long as you have all of the necessary documents. One thing to note is that you are unable to renew your Ejari if you are missing previous contracts. If this is the case, you will have to register earlier agreements before you can get up-to-date.
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