Ejari: A Guide to Renting a House in Dubai

This article was published on April 11th, 2021

If you plan to rent a house in Dubai, you will need to register your lease contract on a platform called Ejari. Ejari, created by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) of the Dubai Land Department, ensures that all rental agreements in Dubai are fair and transparent.

How Does Ejari Work?

The process of registering a tenancy contract on Ejari is straightforward. It captures the basic details of the rental agreement between the landlord and tenant, including the property details, the name of the rental company, and the terms of the deal. After registration, the system will generate a unique barcode that serves as the primary reference for the tenancy contract while it is active.

What Are the Requirements for Ejari Registration in Dubai?

To register with Ejari, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Original tenancy contract signed by both parties.

  • Security deposit receipt.

  • 9-digit DEWA Premises Number (or copies of recent DEWA bills/Green bill accepted).

  • Tenant's passport (not required for GCC countries nationals).

  • Tenant's UAE visa (not required for GCC countries nationals).

  • Trade license (for commercial properties).

  • Copies of the landlord's passport (if an individual).

  • Copies of a valid power of attorney document (if the contract has been signed by a PoA).

  • Copies of the title deed of the rented property.

  • Tenant's Emirates ID.

  • DEWA bill and previous Ejari if you are renewing.

To complete the registration process online, you will need to pay a fee of AED 195. After submitting your application should take 6 hours for your Ejari account to be officially registered. You will receive your Ejari certificate via email as proof of registration.

Ejari Registration Centers in Dubai (In-Person Registration)

If you prefer to register in person, several Ejari Typing centers are located throughout Dubai. These centers offer services such as Ejari registration, renewal, and cancellation, the issuance of property and land maps, and the ability to apply for first-instance lawsuits or conciliation. Some centers also offer property evaluation and request for changes of ownership or replacement of lost or damaged title deeds. Here are a few examples of Ejari Registration Centers in Dubai:

  • AL MANARA REAL ESTATE REGISTRATION TRUSTEE: Located on the first floor of the Al Manara Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road, this center is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed on weekends. Contact: +971-4-338-8181

  • AL TARESH REAL ESTATE SERVICES TRUSTEE: Located on the first floor of the Dubai Municipality's Al Kifaf Center in Za'abeel, this center is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekdays and 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays. Closed on Fridays. Contact: +971-4-333-6767

  • TAKHLEES GOVERNMENT SERVICES: Located on the ground floor of the Land Department Building on Baniyas Road in Deira, this center is open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays and 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays. Closed on Fridays. Contact: +971-4-298-9090

  • FIXIT EXPRESS BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SERVICES: Located in Building No. 33 beside Union National in Dubai Healthcare City, this center is open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on weekdays. Closed on Fridays. Contact: +971-4-435-6497

What Services You Can't Access Without Ejari Registration in Dubai?

Certain government services require mandatory Ejari registration to be accessed. These include:

  • Obtaining a commercial license

  • New/renewal of residence visas

  • Acquiring a liquor license

  • Media/internet connection

  • Employing domestic staff

  • DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) registration.

In summary, Ejari is an essential tool for ensuring the fairness and transparency of rental agreements in Dubai. Following the steps outlined in this guide, you can easily register your lease contract and access Dubai's government services.

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