Tenants’ rights in the UAE: My landlord is not giving my security deposit back. What do I do next?
If you are a tenant at a property in the UAE, it is important to know what your rights are in case you face a dispute with your landlord related to the property’s maintenance, payment and the conclusion of a rental contract.
By law, the owner of the property is responsible for the maintenance of the property and the repair of any defect or damage, unless otherwise stated in the contract. This is based on article 16 of Law No. (26) of 2007 Regulating the Relationship between Landlords and Tenants in the Emirate of Dubai.
The Landlord may not make to the Real Property or any of its amenities or annexes any changes that would preclude the Tenant from full use of the Real Property as intended. The Landlord will be responsible for such changes whether made by him or any other person authorised by the Landlord. Further, the Landlord will be responsible for any defect, damage, deficiency, and wear and tear occurring to the Real Property for reasons not attributable to the fault of the Tenant.
Source – Gulf News – Read the full article here