UAE Consumer Q&A: Under What Terms Can Expats Buy Property in the UAE?

The National staff

July 8, 2015 Updated: July 8, 2015 09:03 PM

Q: Is there a limit on how much my landlord can increase my rent by in Dubai?

A: A rent cap applies to all commercial and residential units. This means that each area in Dubai is subject to a threshold that defines a range of rent that can be charged by landlords. If a landlord demands a rental amount that is higher than the limit set by decree then it shall be regarded as a breach of law by the landlord.

Q: Can expats buy property in the UAE? If so, how?

A: Yes, expats may buy property in freehold areas in the UAE. They need to make sure that they sign a memorandum of understanding or a sale and purchase agreement with the seller. It is always recommended that buyers appoint a lawyer to advise them on conveyance procedure. Plenty of broker houses or agencies assist buyers and sellers in completing legal formalities required for transfer of properties. Brokers have to make sure that a property is registered with the Real Estate Regulatory Agency.

Q: I bought tickets for a concert that was cancelled at the last minute and rescheduled for a later date, but I could not make it on the new date. What can I do to get my money back?

A: Terms and conditions stated on tickets govern the relationship between company policy and customers. If there is a provision that states refunds are waived upon a change in venue or failure to attend, then a customer may not be entitled for a refund. It is recommended to review the terms and conditions prior to buying concert tickets.

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