Friday, June 08, 2007

Sharjah property law requires tenants to attest the tenancy contract

The Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, His Highness Dr. Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, has issued Law No.2 of 2007, which regulates the relations between the tenants and landlords in the emirate.

As per the new law, the Landlords are prohibited from increasing rents up-to three years from the date of entering into the tenancy contract, and thereafter two years for any additional increase.

The Rent increase should not cross the rent of comparable-value properties, and in case both parties are unable to agree on a rent value, the matter could be referred to rent committee.

Article 12 of the law states that, the landlord should not ask the tenant to vacate the property, prior to three years from signing of the contract, unless, the tenant is irregular in rent payment or is refusing to pay the rent.

The law also stipulates that the tenancy agreement should always be in a written format and should be attested by the competent authorities or the municipality with the payment of a definite fee. The cost and responsibility of getting the contract attested within fifteen days from the date of issue, has to be borne by the tenants. Those failing to do so will be required to pay three times the attestation fee as fine.

Local and federal government establishments have been excluded from the attestation fee.

The law also states that any maintenance or repair works in the leased properties should be carried out by the landlords, unless agreed otherwise. The tenant will have no right to make any alteration to the property thereafter.

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