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Sunday, July 15, 2018

What is Schengen Visa and What are the Procedures?

The Schengen cooperation agreement took its name from the town of Schengen in Luxembourg, where it was signed for the purpose of ensuring the free movement of persons and goods between the member states.

All European Union (EU) member states except five countries UK, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus and four non-EU countries namely Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Lithuania are part of the Schengen area.

The remaining member states are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. The Schengen system allows travel between its 25 member countries (21 European Union states and four non-EU members)

Over 400 million Europeans currently enjoy passport-free travel across the Schengen area.

Schengen visa applicants have to undergo biometric scans to record 10 fingerprints and a facial image as part of the visa application process.

POINTS TO REMEMBER
1. Find out which country / countries you will be travelling. If you are travelling to more than one country during your trip you will need to obtain a Schengen Visa from the consulate of the country you intend to visit first. For example if you are travelling to Portugal but will be visiting Greece and Italy too, you need to obtain your Schengen Visa through the Portuguese consulate as your initial point of entry will be through Portugal. However, in cases of short trips, the number of nights spent in a Schengen country will determine which country you need to apply for the Visa . It may be a country that might not be the first point of entry.

2. Make sure you know how long you intend to stay. A Schengen Visa is usually granted as a single entry or multi-entry visa and is valid for 3, 6 or 12 months. However each consulate grant Schengen Visa's using different scoring criteria. It's important to be very clear and honest about your travel intentions.

3. Ensure you have proof of funds. When applying for a Schengen Visa you will need to provide current bank statements amongst other documents.

4. Book accommodation and flight. It's important to check with the consulate first with regards to what documents you need in order to obtain a Schengen Visa. While Spain requires that a flight has been booked and paid for and accommodation reserved, Italy, France and Portugal only require flight and accommodation information. Check and double check with the consulate in question.

5. Get Travel Insurance. You will need travel insurance when you apply for a Schengen Visa.

6. Ensure you plan early to apply for the Schengen Visa. Some take a week, others take 15 working days. It's important to take this into account when planning your holiday. It is also important to remember that you may only get an appointment to apply for the visa in 3 weeks time so this should be taken into consideration before booking your holiday.

7. Ensure your passport is not about to expire. Most countries require your passport to be valid for travel for the next 6 to 12 months before it's due to expire. You will also need a blank page (sometimes 2 opposite) in the passport to accommodate the visa stamp.

Expatriates: UAE Residence visa should be valid for minimum six months.

A Schengen visa is needed when you are visiting one or several of the countries of the Schengen Area (i.e. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia , Slovenia , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland).

 The duration of your total stay in Schengen countries shall not exceed 90 days in a period of 6 months, starting from the date of first entry.
 In case you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you have to apply for a Schengen visa at the Greek Visa Application Centres when:
- your main destination (the Schengen country where you will spend the longest time) is Greece, or
- you are spending the same amount of days in several Schengen countries, but Greece is your first port of entry into the Schengen Area.

 Only UAE nationals and nationals of third countries that are legal residents in UAE can apply for a visa at the VFS Greece Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

 Visa applications cannot be submitted earlier than three months before the expected arrival in the Schengen Area.
 Applicants must hold a valid passport issued within the previous 10 years, containing at least 2 consecutive blank pages. The validity of the passport should extend for at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of Greece If you do not meet the above mentioned criteria, a new passport must be obtained before submitting your application.

 All applicants must submit their visa application in person at the Visa Application Centre.

 At the time of application applicants will be required to submit their biometrics (fingerprints, digital photo). For more information, click here.

 The applicant may be requested to appear in the Embassy for interview. In this case, the applicant will be accordingly informed by VFS.

 Due to security reasons only the applicant will be allowed inside the application centers. Any accompanying family, friends etc. must remain outside the area.

Processing time:
Processing time at the Embassy may vary between 2 - 15 days depending on the nationality of the applicant

VFS Global is the authorized Centre to submit Schengen & UK Visa Applications in UAE. Premium and doorstep services also available. Doorstep visa service available for UK, Switzerland, Czech Republic and South Africa.

Schengen Visa waiver for UAE Nationals
UAE Nationals will no longer require a visa for short stays (up to 90 days) in the Schengen area, whether for business, tourist or family visit purposes.

Travel guidelines about wearing Veil (Neqab)European states who enforced a ban on burqas include France, Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands, as well as some European cities � such as Barcelona in Spain, who banned any form of face covering since 2010. The Hesse State in Germany and a number of Italian cities have also banned the veil.

The Danish courts, a German state, Hesse, and a number of Italian cities have also issued similar bans.

On the first of July 2016, the Swiss canton of Ticino imposed a ban on burqa. Offenders can be fined up from 100 to 1,000 Swiss francs [Dh377 to Dh3,774], as well as deportation. The fine can increase if the offender insists on wearing it.

The Italian-speaking Canton of Ticino is located in the southeast of Switzerland, and receives a regular influx of tourists who travel to see the lakeside city of Locarno. According to the law, which was voted in by a 2013 referendum, burqas are forbidden in shops, restaurants, or public buildings.

The UAE embassy in the US can be contacted on 202-243 2400.
In countries where UAE diplomatic missions are not available, Emiratis can contact the emergency number +971 600-5999 91.

Dubai Application Center Address: 
VFS Global
WAFI Mall, Level 2, Falcon
Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2
Dubai, UAE

Abu Dhabi Application Center Address:
VFS Global
Level 25, Shining Tower
King Khalid Bin Abdel Aziz, 26th Street
Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall
Abu Dhabi, UAE
VFS 
Call Centre: +971-4-2055770 Between 0900 hrs - 1700 hrs (Sunday- Thursday)Greece Embassy
31 Str, Al Muroor Area
P.O.Box 5483
Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971-2-4492550
Website: www.mfa.gr/abu


No need pre-entry visas for Emiratis (UAE Nationals) to travel to Argentina
Emiratis holding ordinary passports are now exempt from pre-entry visas to travel to Argentina and can stay in the country for up to 90 days.

No need pre-entry visas for Emiratis to travel to:Emiratis are now exempt from pre-entry visas to travel to Russian Federation, Brazil, Chad, Saint Lucia, Vanuatu, El Salvador, Montenegro and Ireland.

Emiratis can enter Kazakhstan on a 15-day visit without the need for pre-entry visas.

Republic of Sao: UAE citizens no longer need to apply for pre-entry visa requirements when travelling to the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe  effective July 6, 2017. UAE nationals can stay in Sao Tome and Principe for up to 15 days. The Republic of Sao Tome and Principe is an African country that consists of two islands in the Gulf of Guinea, about 240 kms from the West African coast.

UAE citizens allowed to use SmartGate services in Australian airports
Australia has extended the SmartGate service in its airports to arriving and departing Emiratis who hold ordinary passports. The citizens of UAE can choose to clear their arrival and departure by using the SmartGate services, provided they get a pre-arrival electronic entry visa to Australia. This facility is granted to holders of ordinary UAE passports who are at least 16 years of age.

Ukrainians can travel visa-free to EU. Only those with biometric passports - containing a microchip - can take advantage of the visa-free travel for the time being. This facility started on 11/06/2017.

Pakistanis can get complimentary 7-day transit visa to Turkey
1. The issuance of the free of charge single transit visa with 7 days stay in Turkey to Pakistani nationals who are travelling with Turkish Airlines to the Schengen countries, USA, United Kingdom and Ireland through Turkey on condition that they have a valid visa of these countries and are not banned/objectionable for entering Turkey is continuing. This type of visa can now be obtained either via https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ or from the Turkish Consulates in Pakistan and the Consular Section of the Embassy in Islamabad through GERRY's Visa Drop Box Center.

2. The free of charge single transit visa with 7 days stay in Turkey will be issued to Pakistani nationals who are travelling with Turkish Airlines to the Saudi Arabia with the aim of Umrah on condition that they have a valid Umrah visa and are not banned/objectionable for entering Turkey.

The applicants should submit the required documents for single transit visa as stated before.

The application of the free of charge single transit visa (Umrah) with 7 days stay in Turkey, has launched from (8 May 2017) and can only be obtained from the Turkish Consulates in Pakistan and the Consular Section of the Embassy in Islamabad through GERRY's Visa Drop Box Center.

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Renewal of Car Registration in Dubai only through online

Renewal of registration for all vehicles in Dubai can only be done online from July 22.

The latest migration will see eight of its services available online only, including renewal of registration for all privately owned vehicles that require annual technical testing.

Renewal of registration for commercial fleets as well as new private vehicles that don’t require testing were moved online in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Apart from vehicle registration, seven other important services will also be unavailable at the customer service centres and can be accessed only through RTA’s website (www.rta.ae), Dubai Drive app, Smart Kiosk and call centre (8009090).

The eight diverted services are renewal of registration of an individually-owned vehicle that needs testing, printing of a detailed list of registered vehicles, return from tour certificate, first owner registration certificate, vehicle ownership certificate, re-insurance certificate, ownership certificate in replacement of lost/damaged one, and clearance certificate.

Once the new system gets activated next Sunday, motorists who visit the vehicle testing centres for their annual vehicle inspection will get only their test results at the centres and they will have to carry on the rest of the steps related to vehicle registration online.

The results will also be updated immediately in the system and the customers can do the online registration instantly.

The RTA will also send the vehicle test certificates on the registered emails of the customers.
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UAE Tourist Visa fees exemption for dependents under the age of 18

UAE announced a change in visa rules for tourists, exempting dependents under the age of 18 from visa fees. The visa exemption will be applicable from July 15 to September 15 each year.

Earlier on 14/06/2018 UAE issued following new Visa rules: 

Student Visa: Review of the current residency system to allow a two-year extension of the residency period for the dependents of their parents after finishing their university studies.

Transit visa

1. Exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours.

2. Transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50.

3. Obtaining transit visa will be facilitated by a number of express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.

A new 6-month visa will be introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country.

Individuals who entered the UAE illegally, they will have the chance to leave voluntarily with a "no entry" stamp for two years given that they provide a valid return ticket.


Employment Visa
 
Previous mandatory deposit of Dh3,000 per worker is replaced by a new insurance scheme which costs Dh60 annually per worker and covers the workers' entitlements in terms of end of service benefits, vacation allowance, overtime allowance, unpaid wages, worker's return ticket and cases of work injury, in which the insurance coverage amounts to Dh20,000 per worker.

 Tourist Visa
 Allows individuals wishing to adjust or renew their visa to do so for a fee, without having to leave and re-enter the country.           

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Medical (Health) Insurance in Dubai

Dubai visa holders who have not obtained health insurance cover will no longer be able to renew their visas.

Also, no new visas will be issued if the individual concerned does not have health insurance coverage in place at the time of visa stamping or renewal.

Linked with Visa Renewal: According to a circular issued by the DHA last month, the system has been developed to monitor and ensure compliance with the law. It's also designed to detect gaps in insurance. For example: if an individual's health insurance policy expires on February 1, 2017 and their visa expires on January 1, 2017, when they renew the visa during January 2017, it will be renewed without any issues.

However, if the individual does not maintain constant health insurance coverage, the system will track and log the gap in insurance upon the next visa renewal, ie, if they were uninsured for two months between visa renewals, they will incur a fine of Dh1,000 (Dh500 per month) at the time of renewal.

The 12 Companies that provide the essential benefits plan package include:
Noor Takaful Insurance, Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company and Union Insurance, Axa Gulf Insurance, Takaful Emarat, Dar Al Takaful, Orient Insurance, Ras Al Khaima Insurance Company, Daman Health Insurance, Oman Insurance Company, Metlife, National General Insurance.

Employers can choose health insurance packages from 45 approved insurance companies that have Dubai Health Insurance Permits.

Employer�s Responsibility:
 It is the responsibility of the employer to provide medical care facilities to its employees in the UAE. This is in accordance with Article 96 of the Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 regulating Employment Relations in the UAE (the 'Employment Law'), which states: "An employer shall provide his employees with medical care facilities corresponding to the standards laid down by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in co-operation with the Ministry of Health."

Fine: Fine for not renewing insurance card: Dh500. This fine will be deducted automatically via the electronic system at the time of renewing of the visa.
The fine will be imposed on the sponsors and the employers and not the employees. It will be added to the visa renewal and cancelation fees of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.

Essential Benefits Plan:
 Under the DHA scheme, special consideration has been given to employees earning less than Dh4,000 a month. This category of employees must be insured with one of the seven approved insurers authorised to offer the Essential Benefits Plan.
This package covers many services that include maternity, emergency, medical tests, referrals, medication etc.

Minimum Basic Package, which has a cover of up to Dh150,000, with premiums ranging between Dh550 and Dh750 per year. This includes all the blue collar workers, including domestic help, maids and nannies.
Wife & Children: Dh1750 or a little more unless the dependants are above 60 years of age.

Parents and individuals above 60: Whether employed or a dependant, with or without a history of diseases: Dh2,500. The pre-existing conditions will not be covered for a period of six months and after that everything will be covered.

Medical coverage
The EBP basic plan covers the following subject to an annual limit of Dh150,000 for all claims.
Basic
1. In-patient treatment non-urgent medical treatment including tests, surgeries, and diagnosis with 20 per cent payable by insured. This payable amount will not exceed Dh500 per encounter or a maximum of Dh1,000 per year.
2. Out-patient treatment Examination, diagnosis and treatment on a routine basis with 20 per cent payable by insured.
3. Lab tests, physiotherapy sessions (maximum six per year) and radiology tests with 20 per cent payable by insured
4. Preventive medicine or immunisation procedures for new-borns and children
5. Medicines  up to Dh1500 per person including 30 per cent payable by insured per prescription
6. Emergency health care and ambulance service during emergency.
7. Free screening and treatment for hepatitis C is included under the basic benefit plan of the Dubai Mandatory Health Insurance Scheme.

Maternity:

1. Antenatal blood tests, three antenatal ultrasounds, eight pre-delivery visits with 10 per cent payable by insured.
2. Normal delivery costs up to Dh7,000 and emergency Caesarean costs up to Dh10,000 including 10 per cent payable by insured.
3. The new-born child is covered under mother's insurance scheme for 30 days from date of birth for neo-natal tests, screening, and other tests. Click here for more health coverage details.

Existing medical policies can continue in their present form until the first renewal date (no later than 12 months) after the applicable implementation date. After this, all benefits must be aligned with at least the mandatory minimum.

Employer Information Pack downloadable from www.isahd.ae

How it works?: There are two ways of applying for a new visa or renewal, manual or electronic. If it is manual the GDRFA asks for the insurance certificate copy to be attached with the application. In case the organisation is applying electronically (www.ednrd.ae) for new visas or renewals, automatically a window pops up on the screen asking for the insurance certificates of all the applicants. Scanned copies have to be uploaded to complete the application process.

Complaints and Feedback: DHA has launched a website ipromes.eclaimlink.ae for consumers to register complaints and provide feedback in case they are not getting all the services promised in their insurance package. The DHA will act on a complaint once it is registered electronically on this website.

The DHA website www.isahd.ae has a comprehensive list of all 46 registered insurance providers in UAE.

Certain conditions excluded: Some medical conditions are standard exclusions in insurance with some insurance companies; these include medical issues at birth, issues caused by medical procedures or research work, radiation, nicotine addiction, sex transformation, as well as hormone therapies, among others.

What does the essential health cover package cover?

The basic cover includes outpatient consultancy at clinics, referrals to specialist and for surgical and pathology investigations, maternity health cover, emergency visit to hospital and any surgeries required. While employers have group insurance schemes for their employees, a resident can shop for a tailor-made cover for his dependants that includes spouse, minors and domestic house help.

What is the maximum coverage and how much is a beneficiary expected to pay?

The beneficiary with basic insurance cover gets a maximum coverage of up to Dh150,000 and has to pay 20 per cent [at every visit to the doctor]. So, if he has an outpatient bill of Dh200 he will have to pay Dh40.

What is a special protection package?

The protection package mandates that although a beneficiary has to pay a minimum of 20 per cent of co-insurance payment in case of a hospital stay or surgery, this is capped at Dh500. So, if someone has major surgery amounting to Dh40,000, even those in the basic package would be expected to pay Dh8,000 as 20 per cent. But the protection package mandates a ceiling of Dh500.

What are the fines and penalties? What happens in case a person has just renewed his visa?

Linking the visa renewal to insurance is a check mechanism. But every individual in Dubai has to get the health cover by June 30. If he or she fails to do this, his employer will be fined for every month beginning from July until the time his visa comes up for renewal. If the individual is a freelancer or self-employed, he will have to pay the fines himself. There are monthly penalties which will be levied with retrospective effect from June 30. Fines can range anywhere between Dh500 per person per month. It is cheaper to get an insurance than to pay for default as the fines are far higher than the actual cost of the essential benefits package.

Although basic cover provides maternity benefits is it true that a woman who is pregnant at the time of getting the insurance will not be covered?That is true. Insurance is a protection or cover for future conditions or illnesses. So, even if a woman falls pregnant one day after getting the insurance she has to be covered. However if she subscribes to the cover after she conceives she will not be covered. In case of other conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and other lifestyle disease, the insurance will not cover these for the first six months after which all pre-existing conditions have to be covered.

What happens in case a blue collar worker has an accident or cancer?

The insurance company has to pay the bills up to the annual aggregate limit. It is Dh150,000 annually. Then insurance firms are linked to visas and the organisation has the right to take the decision of renewing the visa of an employee with an insurance renewal. But until the validity of the visa, his treatment episodes will be covered.

In the case of newborns who covers their medical expenses?

A newborn is covered under the mother's health insurance cover for 30 days after which the parents have to get the child an individual cover. The child's birth complications will be covered to the maximum aggregate limit of the mother's cover. However, this cover will not include congenital conditions such as cleft palate, club foot, Down's Syndrome and the like.

What about special needs children?

All special needs children have basic health requirements which will be covered by the regular health cover. Their requirements for flu, cough, cold and regular requirement will be covered. However, the insurance will not cover special services such as speech therapy, special school or physiotherapy.

Blue collar workers

Blue collar workers can get extended coverage in their home country, too.

Blue collar workers are now being offered an essential health benefit package by Takaful Emarat Insurance for Dh625 per annum that will provide them the same cover in their home countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal at no extra cost. Most South Asian workers come from these countries.

According to Dr Sanjay Patihankar, founder director of Third Party Admistrator (TPA) for this insurance, said this is the first time that a UAE insurance has tied up with an international insurance provider, Vidal Net, that will give the workers a direct billing option in their home country. 

While some insurance companies do provide extension of health services for workers back home, this cover provides direct billing facilities which no other cover in this category provides. The worker will be able to get adequate health cover in their country using the same insurance card with the same aggregate annual limit, etc. In India, for example, beneficiaries of this insurance can go to any of the 25,000 clinics and hospitals across the country.

Such a cover can help the worker in seeking standard medical facilities while on annual leave at home. (GN)

To apply for your Medical insurance call:

Qusais (Al Nahda-2): 04-239 1302, 
055 273 2295, 055-345 7829

Bur Dubai: 04-358 6215

Hor Al Anz: (Deira): 04-265 8373, 050-715 0562

Qusais (Damascus St): 04-258 6727, 054-300 5931
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Saturday, July 7, 2018

EJARI (Tenancy Contract Online Registration)-Dubai

Tenancy Contract online registration is mandatory for Trade License new/renewalFamily visa new/renewal and for Municipality related transactions.

EJARI - TENANCY CONTRACT REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Personal
 Tenancy Contract original signed by both parties
 Passport Copy+Visa page of Tenant
 DEWA latest bill or Registration Deposit Bill
 Mobile number of Tenant
 Shop/Unit/Villa/Flat Number

Company
 Tenancy Contract original signed by both parties
 Trade License copy or Initial Approval & Name Reservation Certificate
 DEWA latest bill or Registration Deposit Bill
 Passport Copy of Tenant/License owner/Partner
 Contact Person's Name and Mobile Number
 Shop/Unit/Villa/Flat number

Renew Ejari Every Year: You cannot skip a year. Incase you didn't do Ejari last year, you will have to pay that fee at the time of next renewal. 

Plot Number should be written on the Tenancy Contract. Otherwise, Title Deed (Land ownership Certificate) or Municipality Affection Plan is required.

 Registration Fee: Dh215

Ejari Cancellation Required Documents:  

 Passport copy of the previous tenant/emirates ID.
 Previous Ejari certificate.
 Previous tenancy contract.
 Final DEWA bill.
 Landlord's emirates ID
 NOC letter from the landlord


Fee: Dh40

 You can reprint your EJARI Registration Certificate if you know the Certificate number and DEWA Premise number.


Personal: Ejari application will be accepted only from Tenant or PRO (with authorization letter.


Company: Ejari application will be accepted only from Owner/Partner/Manager or PRO (with authorization letter).


What is a rent calculator?
The Land Department of Dubai government has provided the public with a rental calculator on it's website

> It is an index designed and prepared to determine and monitor the rents keeping in mind certain factors such as the location of the property, the size of the apartment and facilities it offers.

> It has been made available for the public for transparency and regulating the rents in Dubai.

What is EJARI?

EJARI means My Rent in Arabic. Ejari is a system that is governed by RERA to make registration of rental / lease agreements easy and accessible to Owners and Real Estate Management Companies of various categories. The Ejari system provides a full portfolio of services beyond registering the initial lease agreement. Renewals, cancellations, transfers and terminations can all be logged.


What is Premises number and where can I get it from?

Premises number is a 9 digit identification code provided for each unit of the building. First three digits (community number) represents the first part of your plot number. Premises number is found on the door of each unit fixed by DEWA. 

NOTE: EJARI registration cannot be done if the Tenancy Contract is issued from other emirates (eg. Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman..etc). In that case, the contract has to be attested from concerned Municipality/Land Department and attach Electricity Bill.

EJARI Office Address:
2nd Floor, Dubai Land Department, Baniyas, Opposite Dubai Chamber, Near Etisalat,  Deira, Dubai
Tel. 04-203 0541, 04-203 0542


Ejari Office Timing: 7:30am to 3pm (Sunday - Thursday)

Municipalities in different Emirates  

 Sharjah Municipality
 Ajman Land and Property Department
 Abu Dhabi Municipality 
(Tawtheeq)
 Al Ain Municipality
 Fujairah Municipality

Frequently Asked Question

Q: I understand that at the time of renewing a flat, I should pay not more than Dh260 for renewal. The agent at International City asked me for Dh1,000 to Dh1,500 to renew the contract. I stayed for one year and the agent is asking me paint the studio apartment or pay Dh250. I went to the police station whereby I have been told to pay Dh150 for the painting. Is this rule applicable in Dubai?

A: As a general rule, a tenancy contract should be renewed on the same terms and conditions unless the parties to the contract otherwise agree. If the parties do not agree, the increase must be approved by the Rent Committee. A landlord/agent cannot increase the rent or related expenses without obtaining a verdict from the Rent Committee.

Furthermore, on one hand, while the law imposes an obligation upon the landlord to hand over the property in good condition, on the other hand, the law obliges the tenant to take care of the leased property. No person, including the agent or landlord, is allowed to impose a fine or decide the value of damage without obtaining a valid verdict from the Rent Committee. If the condition of the paint is normal and comes under normal wear and tear, it is the landlord's responsibility. Otherwise, it will be your responsibility.

It is worthy to note here that in case of dispute between you and the landlord regarding its condition, the dispute should be referred to the Rent Committee.

If you are not renewing your tenancy contact in Dubai, inform the landlord in writing 90 days prior to the expiry of the contract.

It is the responsibility of the tenant to inform the landlord in writing at least 90 days prior to expiry date of the tenancy contract stating that he is not willing to renew the tenancy contract. Article 13 and Article 14 of the Law No. 33 of 2008 regarding 'Amending some provisions of Law No. 26 of 2007 Regulating Relationship Between Landlords & Tenants in the Emirate of Dubai' (the "Rental Law") states the provisions regarding renewing a tenancy contract.

Article 13 of the Rental Law states that "For the purpose of renewing tenancy contract, landlord and tenant upon expiry of the tenancy contract may amend any of the contract terms or review the rent whether by increase or decrease. If the parties do not reach an agreement regarding this, the Committee may decide fair rent considering the standards referred to in Article No. 9 of this Law."

Further, Article 14 of the aforementioned Law reads: "If either party of tenancy contract wishes to amend any of its conditions pursuant to Article 13 of this law, then he must notify the same to the other party not less than 90 days prior to expiry date, unless both parties agreed otherwise." Therefore the aforementioned clause may be interpreted, as one party shall notify the other party not less than 90 days prior to expiry date of contract regarding non-renewal of tenancy contract. It is evident that you have complied with one month notice if your contract states so. However you have not provided the landlord 90 days' notice.

In case, the landlord refused to refund the security deposit or accept your notice you may consider to approach Rental Dispute Committee at the Land Department of the Emirate of Dubai. Pursuant to the same, the competent forum at the Land Department may take a final call on the dispute between you and your landlord.

Is it allowed to charge for parking seperately?
After the initial three years, my landlord has been increasing the rent (10%) for the past two years. This year also now at renewal time the real estate company has increased the rent by 10 per cent (as per Rera only 5 per cent can be increased this year). Apart from this they are asking us to pay Dh4,000 additionally as car parking charges for every car, even if it's only one car per resident (Total = Increased rent + 4000). Last year they installed new cameras and new parking barriers in the building and charged us Dh2,000 in the name of parking charges.


I would advise that you should first check your tenancy contract if it states parking to be provided by the landlord along with the apartment. If it does say so then you inform the landlord that parking is inclusive in the rent amount and therefore no charges should be levied for parking.

Pursuant to your question, it may be noted that for transparency and regulating the rents in Dubai, the Land Department, Government of Dubai, have made a provision for a rent calculator. This rental calculator is an index designed and prepared to determine and monitor the rents keeping in mind certain factors such as the location of the property, the size of the apartment and facilities it offers. You have mentioned that in accordance with Rera guidelines, the rental increase in respect of your apartment may be effected by up to a maximum of 5 per cent on the existing rent, but your landlord is insisting on a 10 per cent rental increase this year. Pursuant to the same, you may consider to prevail upon your landlord so as not to increase rent by 10 per cent this year, as the RERA guidelines prescribe a maximum benchmark of 5 per cent rental increase for the apartment; if the rental charged is within the range prescribed on the RERA rent calculator. However, should your landlord refuse to accept this, you may consider to approach RERA, and file a complaint against your landlord in respect of the excessive rental increase. Pursuant to the same, the competent forum at RERA may take a final call on the dispute between you and your landlord. (KT)

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 Cancellation-Maid Visa
 Changing Employment Visa and Dependents Visa without exit
 
Children Sponsored by mother
 
Dependent Sponsorship
 
Designations-Professions
 Domestic Worker's Visa
 G
DRFA (Immigration Office) Locations
 
Education Visa
 
E-gate
 
Ejari-Tenancy Online Registration
 Emirates ID
 Emirates ID Lost
 
Fines (Visa, Labour Card, Mulikiya, OHC, Driving Lic, Trade Lic)
 
Freehold Visa
 FAQs-Visa

 
Family Visa-Dubai
 Family Visa-Sharjah
 Family Visa Cancellation
 Family Visa Renew

 Family Visa Stamping-New (Sponsor-Investor)
 
Husband's Residence Visa-Sponsored by Wife
 Housemaid Ran Away
 House Servant's Visa
 
Immigration Est. Card-New
 
Immigration Est. Card-
Renew
 Immigration Est. Card-Amendment
 Immigration Est. Card-Lost
 
Immigration Office
 Indian Maid (change visa inside UAE)
 
Investor Visa-New
 Investor Visa Stamping-After Entry
 Investor Visa Renew
 Investor/Partner visa 
Cancellation
 Maid-Abscond Reporting
 
Maid visa New Entry Permit
 Maid Visa (Change inside Country without Exit)
 Maid visa Cancellation
 Maid from India
 Maid from Indonesia
 Maid from Nepal
 Maid from Philippine
 Maid from Sri Lanka
 Maid Visa Renewal
 Medical Test
 
Multiple Entry Visa
 Newborn baby's visa stamping
 OK to Board Message
 Oman visa from UAE Border
 
Parents Visa-New
 Parents Visa Stamping after Entry
 Parents Visa Renewal
 
Partner Visa

 PRO Card-Immigration
 
Re-entry 
After 6 Months
 
Residence Visa
 
Servant Visa
 Stamping Visa from Old Passport to New Passport
 
Status Change
 
Student Visa
 
Teenager Visa
 
Tourist Visa
 
Transit Visa
 Transfer Visa from Old Passport to New Passport
 Visa Cancellation-Family
 Visa Change-By Road-Hatta-Oman
 
Visa for Step-child

 Visa Medical
 
Visa on arrival-Dubai
 
Visa Position Amendment
 
Visa of Two Gulf Countries
 Visas in UAE
 Visa Renewal of son above 18 years age
 Visa Transfer
 
Visa Transfer-Child
 
Visa Transfer-Wife-From Father to Husband
 
Visit Visa


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