Yasmin Al Sughayyer, associate
When the Rent Dispute Committee (RDC) was established in Dubai it
was considered to be an additional and separate legal authority, solely established
for the review of cases relating to rental disputes within the Emirate of
Dubai. Since its 2013 inception the RDC has gone through several significant
In December 2017 Horizons & Co advised a client; a tenant of a
residential property who received a final eviction notice from her landlord due
to non-payment of rent. Upon returning
home with her two young daughters she discovered that the landlord had changed
the locks of the apartment, without prior warning, leaving her with no option
but to spend the night inside her car.
Following this incident the woman complained to the RDC in Dubai stating
that the landlord had abused his rights by changing the locks without giving
prior notice and without giving her the opportunity to remove her personal belongings.
Her case was promptly heard by the Committee and a decision was taken to allow
her and her children to reside at the property until she has paid the
Humanity above the Law
To date, the Rent Dispute Committee in Dubai has established two new divisions
as a result of the overwhelming number of cases received. The first division, the
Committee for Insolvents, will allow for the collection of charitable donations
for the purpose of assisting insolvent tenants pay any outstanding rent. With
many businesses already participating in the initiative a total of 23 rental
dispute cases have been resolved meaning 23 individuals and/or families have
kept their homes.
The second division is the Department for Reconciliation the purpose of
which is to avoid officially registering a case by giving both parties the
opportunity to amicably settle their dispute. The department will act as a
mediator, guiding both parties to an amicable resolution. The Department of
Reconciliation is a particularly welcome addition given that it aims to
decrease the number of cases submitted to the RDC, not only saving time and
money, but in assisting tenants obtain their legal rights without the burden of
opening an official case.
Year of Zayed
Given that 2018 is the Year of Zayed during which the UAE will promote
charity and tolerance, it seems apt that we have these new divisions. Together
they will lessen the strain on all those who use the judicial system, they look
to the community to solve these matters through either charitable donations;
supporting fellow citizens in their time of need or by working out differences
face to face.
Horizons & Co has several rental disputes specialists, for further
information and advice contact us on 04 354 4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.