The process is in place to avoid any potential issues between landlord and tenant
What is EJARI?
Ejari is Arabic for ‘my rent’. More importantly, it is the name of the system that handles the registration of each tenancy contract within Dubai, which is why questions like “where do I register my Ejari?” or “how much will my Ejari cost?” come up pretty often in housing-related conversations.
Ejari was launched in 2007 through a Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) initiative, under the provisions of “Law 26 of 2007 by RERA”.
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. The purpose of Ejari is to protect the interests and legal rights of all people involved in the tenancy contract and avoid any potential disputes between landlord and tenant.
In addition to the legal protections the Ejari system offers, registering your Ejari is an important first step in being able to open your DEWA account for water and electricity, which we will discuss further below.
HOW TO REGISTER EJARI
The responsibility to register Ejari rests with the tenant and landlord, but it is most common for the tenant to complete the process and pay the required fees. The registration can be done through one of the approved typing centres listed here.
Processing your Ejari contract will cost you AED 220. 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 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.
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.