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Abu Dhabi Regulation on Subletting and Overcrowding

Abu Dhabi Regulation on Subletting and Overcrowding


Living in the UAE is a story of two halves. On the one hand, there is the high life which is known around the world. A life of luxury and every comfort imaginable, surrounded by some of the most famous landmarks and feats of engineering.

However, it will be of no surprise to most that the UAE is not some strange land where all live in such positions. There are, as with any country, the upper class, middle class, and lower class to fill out the variety of job roles available. All must consider accommodation while they reside in the country and for many, shared accommodations are the best or only option.

However, there are many things to consider for both the tenants, but also the landlords and any who sublet properties. When renting out a property, the size and area is a crucial matter to consider. Overcrowding of properties should never occur, and the Abu Dhabi government is aware that the issue does exist far too commonly.

Repercussions for Failing to Comply

If properties are found to have been rented out and subleased to a number of individuals too large for the purpose and space available, there will now be fines and punishments in place for the landlords and subletters.

At a basic level, the new legislation will allow for fines of up to AED 1 million, though this will only arise for the worst of the new legislation’s offenders. More generally, penalties will range from AED 10,000 to AED 100,000, and this will rise for repeat offenses.

This issue is not a new one, and it gives rise to questions of decency concerning living spaces and also safety matters. The new law will allow for greater control and more severe repercussions to those who fail to comply.