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Real Estate: New Legal Requirement for Rent Re-evaluation

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Dubai, known for its dynamic real estate market, has implemented a significant change affecting landlords seeking rent re-evaluation. As of April 1, 2024, landlords are now mandated to obtain a legal order or judgment to apply for rent evaluation services. This marks a departure from the previous practice where landlords could simply pay a fee to the Land Department for rental valuations.

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The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) introduced this new requirement alongside the update of its Rental Index in March 2024. This index enables landlords to adjust rents in accordance with market fluctuations. While landlords still have the option to seek re-evaluation through RERA, the process now necessitates a legal order, ensuring a more structured and regulated approach to rent adjustments.

Anisha Sagar, the director of property management at Allsopp & Allsopp Group, highlights the significance of this change. She notes that it represents a reversal of the trend observed in recent years, where landlords could easily obtain rental valuations through the Land Department. With the updated Rental Index, landlords are constrained from increasing rents beyond the benchmark provided by the RERA calculator.

The RERA calculator now serves as the primary tool for determining rental increases, promoting transparency and reliability for both landlords and tenants. This move aligns with the broader goal of enhancing fairness and accountability within Dubai’s real estate sector.

The impact of these changes is evident in the real estate market’s performance. In the first quarter of 2024, a total of 72,885 rental contracts were renewed, encompassing 145,770 decisions made by tenants and landlords. This volume underscores the necessity for a standardized approach to rent evaluation, with the RERA calculator serving as the authoritative reference point.

Interestingly, there has been a 7.2% year-on-year decrease in the number of rental contract renewals compared to the same period in 2023. This decline may reflect tenants’ shifting preferences towards homeownership amid rising rents in Dubai. As rents continue to climb, tenants are increasingly exploring alternative housing options, emphasizing the importance of fair and transparent rent assessment mechanisms.

In conclusion, the introduction of a legal requirement for rent re-evaluation underscores Dubai’s commitment to promoting fairness and stability in its real estate market. By leveraging the updated Rental Index and implementing stricter regulations, Dubai aims to provide a conducive environment for both landlords and tenants, ensuring sustainable growth and prosperity in the emirate’s real estate sector.

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