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Renovation and Legal Action

March 11, 2023

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Property Questions Regarding Renovation and Legal Action

 

Q. Can I Lodge a Complaint with Rera or Pursue Legal Action if I Think the Notice Period to Vacate My Villa is Too Short since my Landlord plans to renovate?

 

A. Before making any changes to the tenancy agreement, such as changes to the rental price or the property itself, both the landlord and tenant must agree at least 90 days before the tenancy expiration date. The tenant must inform the landlord whether they plan to renew their contract or vacate the property. If there are any changes to the rental price, they must be made in accordance with the Rera index calculator unless there is a mutual agreement between both parties.

 

In the case of a property requiring restoration or comprehensive maintenance that cannot be done with the tenant present, the landlord must provide a technical report that is either issued or attested by Dubai Municipality. A 12-month notice to vacate must be given to the tenant through a notary public or registered post. You can find more details about this in Article 25 of Law 33 of 2008 (Amendment of Law 26, 2007). If any disputes arise, they can be taken to the Rera Rental Dispute Centre.

 

Q. What permits and expenses are required if I want to renovate and modify the structure of my villa?

 

A. Renovating a villa can enhance both its rental and sale value, making it a lucrative investment or a personalized space for homeowners. Upgrading the kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, and curb appeal are the most common renovation choices.

 

However, for extensive structural changes, approval from Dubai Municipality and developer permission is required, along with fees and a refundable deposit prior to the issue of a “No Objection Certificate”. The deposit is returned upon the completion of works, provided that the safety, environmental, and community compliance checks are cleared.

 

Developer websites offer details on the fees involved, and it is crucial to research the project scope, material quality, and workmanship costs. To benefit from your renovation fully, set a budget and timeframe, and hire licensed contractors.

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