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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed issues new decree on Dubai rental increases

In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued Decree No. 43 of 2013 concerning the percentages of maximum property rent increase that are allowed upon the renewal of tenancy contracts.

The Decree states that there should not be any rent increase if the rent of the property unit is less than 10 per cent of the average rent of a similar property in the same residential area. If the rent value is between 11 and 20 per cent less than the average rent of a similar property, the maximum rent increase shall be equal to 5 per cent of the rent value.

Additionally, if the rental value of a unit is between 21 and 30 per cent less than the average rent of a similar unit, the maximum rent increase shall be equal to 10 per cent of the rental value.

If the rental value of a property is between 31 and 40 per cent less than the average rental of a similar property, the maximum rent increase shall be equal to 15 per cent of the rental value. A maximum rent increase of 20 per cent is applicable if the rental value of a property unit is less than 40 per cent or more of the average rent of a similar unit.

The Decree applies to landlords from the public and private sectors in the emirate of Dubai including private development areas and free zones.

Article III of the Decree states that the average similar rental value of the property is determined by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency's (Rera) rent index.

The Decree is effective from the date of issuance and shall be published in the Official Gazette.