Sunday, September 28, 2008

Dubai realty will not see any more project delays: Land Department

With more new regulations introduced, which holds developers accountable for delays in projects, investors in Dubai's real estate sector will no longer have to worry about frustrating project delays, reports the Gulf News.

The Law No.13 and 14, intends to increase transparency in the property market. According to officials in the Dubai Land Department, following registration and approval, all property information will be fed into the system. Hence all details of the project will be readily available and there will be no reason for delays. Law No.13 mandates all developers to pre-register their off-plan properties with the Land Department to form a full database of property transactions. Law No.14 makes it easier for Banks to obtain proof of land titles.

Both Law No. 13 and 14 were made effective last week. Law No.13 ensures that developers register all their projects before launching sales. No one can release a project unless approvals are done, and the approval must be sought from five specified government bodies including Dewa, RTA, Dubai Municipality, Land Department and RERA, said Bin Galita, the CEO of RERA.
Currently few developers are seen demanding a deposit on the unit prior to giving a purchase agreement. As per Law No.13, as soon as the deposit is paid, the sales and purchase agreement should be given immediately.

The new law also stipulates a certain acceptable increase in floorplan of a unit. On completion, however, if the floorplan is smaller than stipulated, the buyer can claim compensation.
The Law No.8 states that developers are given six months time from registration to begin construction of a project. The developers are not allowed to cancel a project without informing the Land Department.

To further increase transparency in the market, the property court will begin operations during first week of October. So far about 96 cases have been solved through mediation by the Land Department. About Dh.200bn worth of transactions are so far registered with the Land Department.

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