The process is in place to avoid any potential issues between landlord and tenant
What is EJARI?
The word Ejari is an Arabic word that translates to “my rent”, but in this context, Ejari is a system that regulates the contract between landlord and tenants in Dubai. It was launched in 2007 through a Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) initiative, under the provisions of “Law 26 of 2007 by RERA”.
Because Ejari is very important in Dubai, we will walk you through the system step by step to make sure all your questions are answered, like “how much will my Ejari cost?” or “where can I register my Ejari?”
Is Ejari mandatory in Dubai?
The answer is yes. Ejari registration is mandatory.
The system is in place to make sure all private rental contracts are drafted into legally binding documents and structured in the government-approved format.
Ejari is important because it keeps all your information protected and organised, and keeps those records at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA). Another useful aspect about Ejari is that this contract guarantees your right to go to court if you have any issues with your landlord, and have the court look into your case. If you are not registered with Ejari, the court will automatically dismiss your case.
How To Register Ejari
Registering the tenancy contract with the Ejari is the responsibility of the landlord. Typically, the landlord will assign this to the real estate agent. However, in practice the tenant will complete the process and pay the required fees.
You must be sure that all deposits, contract duration and rent amounts are clearly stated in your Ejari. You can register on Ejari here or via the Ejari app as well.
Registering your tenancy contract with Ejari will cost you AED 220 at the typing centre. You can head to the typing centres in Al Manara Centre, Al Barsha Mall, Oud Metha, Port Saeed or Zabeel to register your Ejari. The Ejari desk is open from 8am to 8pm from Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 2pm on Saturday. During Ramadan, the Ejari desks are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays only.
You will need to fill out a registration form when you arrive, so make sure you have your new address and tenancy contract number with you along with copies of the following documents.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH EJARI
- Original signed tenancy contract
- Security deposit receipt
- Tenant’s Passport (for non-GCC countries nationals)
- Tenant’s UAE Visa (for non-GCC countries nationals)
- Tenant’s Emirates ID
- Copies of landlord’s passport (if individual)
- Copy of a valid power of attorney document (if the contract has been signed by a PoA). Power of attorney documents must be renewed every years to remain valid.
- Copy of title deed of the rented property
- 9-digit DEWA Premises Number (or copies of recent DEWA bills/Green bill accepted)
- DEWA bill and previous Ejari if you are renewing
- Trade license (in the case of commercial properties)
Once the registration is complete, you will receive the official Ejari contract, which includes a unique Ejari ID number. You will use this number to register for your DEWA account, which you can now conveniently do online.
Ejari typing centres
Visit one of the approved Ejari typing centres with the required documents.
There are Ejari typing centres in Al Manara Centre, Al Barsha Mall, Oud Metha, Port Saeed or Zabeel.
The general Ejari desk timings are from Sunday to Thursday between 8am to 8pm, on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm and during Ramadan from 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays only. However, always double check your preferred locations business hours.
Register Ejari via the mobile app
Alternatively, you can register your tenancy contract and upload your documentation using the Ejari official app.
You can also register a tenancy contract with Ejari via the official app. Download the Ejari app and register with your Emirates ID, passport and visa copy. Upload documents, including tenancy contract, Emirates ID, landlord and tenant’s passport and visa copy, and title deed copy, on the app. Your landlord needs to be registered on the Ejari app as well. Once s/he approves the documents on the app, an Ejari certificate will be issued in two working days. It costs AED 172 to register your Ejari via the app.
To use this method, your landlord must be registered on the Ejari also. Once your landlord approves the documents on the app, an Ejari certificate will be issued in two working days.
The official Ejari contract will include a unique Ejari ID number. This number is used to register for your DEWA account, which you can now conveniently complete online.
Keep in mind that if you intend to renew your contract for the same place next year, you must complete an Ejari registration for the new contract. We recommend that you become familiar with the system as it is used for all rental transactions including renewals, cancellations, transfers and terminations.
NOTE: Ensure previous Ejari is cancelled
Ejari certificates must be cancelled by either the former tenant, the landlord, real estate agency or property management company. They do not cancel automatically on tenancy expiry. If this has not been done, it will prevent and delay your registration and certificate.
How long does it take to get Ejari certificate?
It takes from 1 to 2 days once the documents are completed and submitted.
If you have any questions, or need to contact Ejari, here are the contacts:
When does Ejari need to be renewed?
Ejari needs to be renewed when you are about to change the property you are renting, or when the landlord is about to get a new tenant.
You can log on to the Ejari app and submit any changes in property for Ejari renewal documents, together with the regular documents for Ejari registration
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