Who Pays for Ejari Renewal in Dubai: Tenant or Landlord?

Last Updated on July 9, 2024 by Vadim

When it comes to renewing your lease agreement in Dubai, you’ll need to update and renew your Ejari, the official online registration system for all lease contracts in the emirate. But who pays for the yearly Ejari update – the landlord or the tenant? We investigate.

Understanding Ejari Registration

Ejari registration is the responsibility of the landlord, according to Dr Ibrahim Al Banna, CEO of Ibrahim Al Banna Advocates and Legal Consultants. However, if the landlord fails to register the lease contract, the tenant has the right to register it with Rera (Real Estate Regulatory Agency).

Paying for Ejari Renewal

As per Article 22 of Law No. 26 of 2007, the tenant, in the absence of an agreement to the contrary, must pay all the fees and taxes due to the government entities for the purpose of using a leased property. The service fee for the registration of the lease contract is Dh155.

In summary, while registering the Ejari is primarily the responsibility of the landlord, it can be done by the tenant if needed. Paying for the renewal of the Ejari, however, is the obligation of the tenant, unless the lease agreement states otherwise.

How to Register with Ejari?

Both landlords and tenants have various options for applying for the registration and renewal of the lease contract. These include:

  • The ‘Dubai REST’ app, available for Apple and Android platforms
  • Typing centres approved by Ejari
  • Real Estate Service Trustee Centres, located at various locations in the UAE
  • The Ejari website – https://dubailand.gov.ae/en/MyDLD/#/login?appId=1

Required Documents:

  • Copy of the tenant’s passport
  • Copy of the tenant’s Emirates ID
  • Original version or copy of the lease contract
  • Copy of the title deed of the property
  • An invoice from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) (to show that the metre is in the name of the tenant)

Key Takeaway:

To avoid any confusion or disputes, it’s essential for both landlords and tenants to understand their responsibilities regarding Ejari registration and payment for renewal. Clarify the terms of your lease agreement to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Further Reading

If you’re navigating the housing market in the UAE, particularly in Dubai, it’s essential to stay informed about various aspects of renting. From understanding security deposits to checking your landlord’s rental track record, being well-prepared can save you time, money, and stress. Below are some key resources to help you make informed decisions and ensure a smooth renting experience.

  1. Renting a Home in Dubai: Understanding Security Deposits
  2. UAE Renters’ Guide: A Comprehensive Checklist for Tenants
  3. How to Check Your Landlord’s Rental Track Record
  4. Finding the Best Rental Deals Online in Dubai
  5. Understanding Your Rental Contract in the UAE
  6. Download EJARI Certificate and Check Tenancy Contract Online in Dubai
  7. How to Raise a Complaint with a District Cooling Company in Dubai
  8. Can a Landlord Increase Rent Without 90-Day Notice in Dubai?
  9. Subletting in Dubai: Understanding the Rules and Regulations
  10. Dubai Rent Security Deposits: How Much and Can You Negotiate?