What is Ejari and how can you register for it?

What is Ejari and how can you register for it?

Tuesday 15 August 2023Wed 16 Feb
What is Ejari and how can you register for it?

If you’ve been planning on renting in Dubai - you might have come across the term ‘Ejari’ and are possibly wondering what it is and how you could register for it?

Ejari comes from Arab origins and translates to “my rent” in Arabic. This documentation is used to mutually protect and legalise the relationship between yourself and the landlord.

What is Ejari and how does it work?

The system was introduced by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) in Dubai to regulate and ensure transparency in the rental market.

Ejari works by providing a standardised process for registering tenancy contracts and recording important details related to the rental agreement. Here's how it typically works:

Contract Registration: Landlords and property owners are responsible for registering their rental agreements with Ejari. This applies to both new leases and renewals.

How do you register for Ejari?

To register Ejari online through the application, tenants need to:

  • Download the Dubai REST application
  • Open the ‘Services’ tab and select ‘RERA.’
  • Click on ‘Register Ejari Contract’
  • Fill out the application correctly and attach the required documents
  • Submit application
  • The owner/landlord must approve the tenant’s registration request through Dubai REST
  • Once approved, pay the Ejari registration fee through the app.
  • The Ejari contract will be issued immediately on the Dubai REST app

Documentation: The landlord or their authorised representative must provide necessary documents:

  • Original signed tenancy contract
  • Security deposit receipt
  • Tenant’s passport (for non-GCC countries nationals)
  • Tenant’s UAE Visa (for non-GCC countries nationals)
  • Tenant’s Emirates ID
  • Copies of landlord’s passport (if individual)
  • Copy of a valid power of attorney document (if a PoA has signed the contract). PoA documents must be renewed every year to remain valid.
  • Copy of title deed of the rented property 9-digit DEWA Premises Number (or copies of recent DEWA bills/Green bill accepted)
  • DEWA bill and previous Ejari if you are renewing
  • Trade licence (in the case of commercial properties)

Data Entry: The Ejari system records the relevant information from the documents provided, such as the property details, tenant information, rent amount, payment terms, and duration of the lease.

Registration Fee: A registration fee is typically required for each tenancy contract. The fee varies depending on the emirate and the type of property (residential or commercial). Here are the fees you would pay for Ejari:

If you register through the Dubai REST application, the fees are:

  • AED 155 for the registration of Ejari contracts (excluding VAT)
  • AED 10 Knowledge fee
  • AED 10 Innovation fee

Through Real Estate Services Trustees Centres, the costs are:

  • Total AED 219.75 (Including VAT)
  • AED 10 Knowledge fee
  • AED 10 Innovation fee

Registration Certificate: Once the contract is successfully registered, the Ejari system issues a registration certificate. This certificate serves as official proof of the tenancy contract's registration.

Legal Protection: Registering the tenancy agreement with Ejari provides legal protection for both tenants and landlords. It helps resolve disputes and serves as evidence in case of any conflicts that may arise during the tenancy period.

Once you’ve set up your Ejari:

As soon as your Ejari has been set up, you can then begin setting up your DEWA. Not sure how to work around your DEWA connection? Take a look at our guide to setting up your DEWA.

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