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There’s a new rule for tenancy contracts in Dubai



If you’re thinking about moving to a new flat in Dubai (here’s where you can grab a bargain) there’s a new rule that you need to know about. From July 1 you will need to get your tenancy contract attested before you are able to get your electricity and water switched on.

Previously it was possible to move into a new apartment and get your Ejari attested at a later date, while still being able to set up water and electricity services. But the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that getting an Ejari before services are switched on will be mandatory from July 1.

It is possible to get your Ejari (‘My Rent’ in Arabic) attested in one of the 800 real estate offices approved by Dubai Land Department. You will then receive an email and text from DEWA confirming your account and premise numbers, along with a link to pay your security deposit.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said: “Government departments in Dubai work to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to enhance integration among each other to unify procedures and save the time and effort needed to get government services.

“At DEWA, we adopt this approach and work to link our services with other government departments to provide integrated smart services that enable customers to conduct their transactions, anytime anywhere. This saves their time and effort and achieves their happiness. This also minimises physical visits to government departments.”

Al Tayer also explained this this is part of a plan to make the government environment paper free by 2021, as set out by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai.

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