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Who Pays for Repairs in the UAE Rental Market: A Guide

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Renting a property in the UAE involves a legal agreement between the landlord and the tenant. This agreement includes maintaining the property and ensuring it is returned in the same condition at the end of the lease period. However, what happens when repairs are required during the tenancy, and who is responsible for them? This article will explore the legalities of repairs in a landlord-tenant relationship in the UAE.

The Lease Agreement

The lease agreement is a legally binding document that outlines the terms and conditions of the rental agreement between the tenant and the landlord. In the UAE, it is mandatory to have a written lease agreement signed by both parties. The lease agreement should include the rent amount, duration of the lease, security deposit, and the responsibilities of both the tenant and the landlord.

Responsibility for Repairs

The lease agreement should clearly state who is responsible for repairs and maintenance of the property. In the UAE, the landlord is responsible for necessary repairs and maintenance due to normal wear and tear on the property. If the tenant causes damage to the property, they are responsible for the repairs. However, the landlord cannot hold the tenant responsible for repairs due to natural disasters or normal wear and tear.

Inspection Reports

To avoid disputes over repair costs during the tenancy, it is recommended that both parties complete and sign a move-in inspection report, noting the condition of the property before the tenant moves in. Similarly, both parties should complete and sign a move-out inspection report, noting any damages during the tenant’s occupancy. If both parties agree on the property’s condition, then there should be no issue with repair costs.

Legal Action

If the landlord and tenant cannot come to an agreement over repair costs, then legal action can be taken. The tenant should attempt to resolve the dispute with the landlord directly, and if that fails, the tenant can file a complaint with the Rental Dispute Settlement Center (RDSC) in the UAE. The RDSC will mediate the dispute between the tenant and the landlord and attempt to settle. Legal action can be taken if a settlement cannot be reached.

Maintenance and Repair Obligations

The landlord is responsible for keeping the property safe and habitable. This includes ensuring that the property meets all building, health, and safety codes and is free from any hazards. The landlord should also ensure the property has proper plumbing, heating, and electrical systems. If the landlord fails to meet these obligations, the tenant can file a complaint with the RDSC.

The tenant is responsible for maintaining the property clean and hygienic. This includes keeping the property free from pests and garbage and avoiding damage to the property. The tenant should also ensure that they do not cause any disturbance to the neighbours or the community. Failure to meet these obligations may result in the landlord filing a complaint with the RDSC.

Final Thoughts

The landlord is responsible for necessary repairs and maintenance due to normal wear and tear on the property. If the tenant causes damage to the property, they are responsible for the repairs. To avoid disputes over repair costs, it is recommended that both parties complete and sign a move-in and move-out inspection report. If a dispute does arise, it can be resolved through the Rental Dispute Settlement Center in the UAE. It is essential for both the tenant and the landlord to understand their responsibilities and rights regarding repair costs to avoid any legal issues.

Al Kabban & Associates is a well-known law firm and private notary in the UAE, providing exceptional legal representation to clients since 1993. Our firm has gained a reputation as a top property lawyer in Dubai due to our vast experience of the legal system and its framework. The firm’s success is based on our approach of providing professional advice and support to clients while considering cultural differences in every case.

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