property law


March 29, 2015



| Your comment matters, please click here to rate article!

Abu Dhabi Rent Committee Oversee Cases and Disputes

The country is currently experiencing a rise in rents across the board, on account of different issues, while numbers of disputes are also rising between and landlords and tenants. Those issues can be taken or referred to different emirates' rental committees, such as the Abu Dhabi Rent Dispute Settlement Committee whose main purpose is to handle cases arising between tenant and landlord. In a recent Gulf News article, I explained a number of legal actions that can be taken by the landlord or tenant and how Abu Dhabi rent committee handles such cases.

Law No 20/2006 makes it clear that both the landlord and tenant have the right to resolve a dispute on rent or rental increase at the Abu Dhabi Rent Dispute Settlement Committee. Article 4 of the law clearly states in a dispute about rental increase where there is no agreement, they have the right to take the issue before the committee. Amendments on this law state the maximum number of rental increases that can be imposed by a landlord is yearly.

In the article, I also explain the ruling judge in each case will look at the individual factors of each party before reaching the verdict. Unfortunately, there is no fixed number or percentage that determines the increase as being too much or within legal bounds, and what is deemed appropriate differs from case to case, as governed by Article 16 of Law No. 20/2006. The matter will be decided on the merits of the case but factors taken into account in each case include the market price, previous period of rent, and the location of the property.

Unfortunately currently there are many residents who are unaware of their rights, and in the article I emphasized the importance of law firms and lawyers' associations in increasing residents' awareness of their rights. There are a lot of conferences and articles published by various lawyers that provide good information about the law that can help, particular in tenancy matters.

Related Links


No comments found.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Want to know more?
Then talk to us.

Client Testimonials

I owe the success of my case to Dr. Hassan's diligent approach. He remained focused, put me at ease and always went the extra mile. Dr. Hassan tirelessly put my case in the best possible light and I cannot thank him enough. I would highly recommend Dr. Hassan - I am grateful to him from the bottom of my heart.

Raphael Lauria
Manager, FME General Trading

Dr. Hassan Elhais is among the best legal consultants I have ever worked with. He has an amazing ability to reduce complex issues into a simple concept that non-legal people can understand. He consistently develops innovative litigation strategies that help us to achieve our ultimate legal goals.

Zhuo Liu

...the extraordinary effort that has been exerted by the staff, and we specially thank Dr. Hassan Mohsen Alhais. Wishing your continues success & excellence...

H.H. Sheikh Saeed Bin
Mohammed Hashir Al Maktoum

I believe everyone should recognize what a difference Dr. Hassan Elhais work has made to people's lives; and especially to our family's life, because we will remain forever grateful to each and every one of his team.

Luis Pozueco

Dr. Hassan Elhais never fears cases that involve exposure and he always gives me his honest assessment of our chances of success, which is invaluable to me.

Bassam Yamout
Director, JM Metal Trading LCC

He aided us not only in providing legal advice but also in all legal issues that required a long term strategic approach to achieve most favorable and optimum outcomes he provided us with high level of professional service.

Philippe Delbecq

Dr. Hassan Elhais is a responsible, reputable counsel who operates to high levels of service.

British Client

Dr Hassan Elhais is responsive, thorough and creative with his advice, and is a valued advisor and legal consultant.

Asma Mattar
Manager, Italian Style

Regardless of the complexity of the matter I know Dr. Hassan Elhais will consider not only legal strategy but also business practicalities in providing advice and litigation options.

Dr. Massimo Hakim
Chairman, Italian Style

I recommend Dr. Hassan Elhais to anyone who says 'I'm in legal trouble'. I was extremely satisfied with the high standard of his work. He has always been there when I have needed him and I refer all my clients, family and friends to him/his firm.

Manish Gupta
Marketing Manager, Express Digital System

Dr. Hassan Elhais was very professional and he listened to my needs. He was very prompt, efficient and always kept me informed. Dr. Hassan Elhais's service was excellent and I would definitely recommend him to friends and colleagues.

James Horsley
British Client

Contact Me

I Agree to Terms and Conditions
Please check this box if you want to proceed.

Select your Language:


Main Menu