Ejari Cancellation - Exactly what you need to know

This article was published on April 6th, 2021

Are you looking to cancel an active tenancy contract in Dubai registered on the Ejari system? If so, it's essential to follow the proper steps to ensure the process goes smoothly. The Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) created the Ejari system to register all tenancy agreements in Dubai to protect the rights of both tenants and landlords. If you're unsure where to start, this guide will outline the simple Ejari contract cancellation procedure.

When can I cancel Ejari?

Either a tenant or a landlord can cancel an active Ejari contract. There are a few reasons why you may need to cancel your Ejari contract, including:

  • Early rental termination

  • Failure to renew the contract at the end of the lease period

It's important to note that your Ejari contract will not automatically cancel after the expiration of the agreement. Either the tenant or the landlord will need to initiate the cancellation process. According to RERA law, there can only be one Ejari contract registration per property. If you don't cancel your Ejari contract, it may be difficult for you to move out as a tenant or rent your property to another tenant as a landlord.

What are the documents required to cancel Ejari?

Ejari contract cancellations can be made either online or offline at designated centers. To cancel an Ejari contract, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Emirates ID copies of both parties (tenant & landlord)

  • Ejari Certificate

  • Tenant's Passport

  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the landlord

  • Final/closing DEWA bill that was issued to the tenant fully paid

  • If the tenant is a company, you must provide both the Emirates ID and the trading license of the owner and manager

  • A copy of the Ejari certificate (if not available, use the tenancy contract instead)

What should be included in the No Objection Certificate (NOC)?

An Ejari cancellation NOC letter should include the following details:

  • The name of the landlord

  • Building title

  • DEWA premise number

  • Plot number

  • Personal information of the tenant

  • A statement of vacancy

  • The landlord's signature (which must match the one on their passport)

  • If the landlord is a company, a company seal is required

Exceptional cases where additional documents are required

If the landlord sells the property you rented or leased during the tenancy term and the new buyer takes over the lease, you will need to provide the property's title deed when canceling your Ejari. The new owner must submit their Emirates ID or a valid passport copy if the new owner is not a UAE resident. If a landlord representative signs the tenancy agreement, they must submit a Power of Attorney (POA). The representative must also submit their Emirates ID, valid passport, or residency visa.

How to cancel Ejari online

If you plan to cancel an Ejari contract online, ensure you have all the required documents. Once you have them, the next step is to download the cancellation form from the official website and fill in all the necessary details. Once you submit the completed form and documents, you will receive an Ejari Termination ID via email. This ID will be used for any follow-up. Once RERA confirms your Ejari cancellation request, you will be notified via email and SMS that the cancellation was successful.

How to cancel Ejari offline

If you prefer to cancel your Ejari contract offline, the landlord must visit the Ejari offices in person. This is required if the tenant is a company or organization.

How much does it cost to cancel an Ejari contract? There is a fee of AED 30 for canceling an Ejari contract.

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