“A landlord who wants to increase rent must give a three-month notice to their tenant. The notice does not have to be sent through the notary public, however. It can be sent either by email or informal letter,” said Ludmila Yamalova, managing Partner, HPL Yamalova and Plewka JLT.
“It is important to have written evidence of the notice and to ensure that the rent increase is within the allowable increase percentage,” she adds.
In case of a dispute, tenants must file a complaint with Rental Dispute Settlement Centre.
In order to control the arbitrary rent increases, Dubai government released a new rent decree in December 2013. The Decree, No 43 of 2013 now sets a specific band for maximum rent increases that a landlord can demand at the time of renewing leases. The decree is applicable to private and public sector owned properties in Dubai, as well as within the free zones.