My tenancy expires in two weeks time. I have just received a notice to terminate from my landlord, ordering me to vacate my home on the expiry of my tenancy, in two weeks time. My landlord knows that he can get a lot more rent if he re-lets the property to a new tenant, as I have been in occupation many years and am protected from rental increases that exceed that permitted by Dubai Law, as per the Land Department’s rental calculator. I believe that this is the motivation for my landlord’s notice. My landlord has threatened “legal action” if I fail to vacate in two weeks. His notice to vacate was not signed before a notary public. Do I need to vacate in two weeks?
No you do not. Unfortunately, this type of query is very common; there are many unscrupulous landlords who try to get away with this type of poor behavior. Dubai law provides a lot of protection for tenants. A landlord can only demand that a tenant vacate a property on expiry of his/her tenancy contract in limited circumstances, as prescribed by Article 25 of Law No 33 of 2008. Those circumstances include:
In all of the above mentioned cases, the landlord would need to notify you with reasons for the eviction at least twelve months prior to the determined date of eviction; such notice would need to be sent via the notary public in Dubai, using their template form “Legal Notice”, or by registered mail.
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