Meaning ‘My Rent’ in Arabic, EJARI is one of Dubai’s revolutionary steps towards regulating its rental market. If you happen to be renting a house or a commercial unit in Dubai, it is mandatory to register the contract on the Ejari System. This step further ensures that the rental market is clear and guarantees the rights of both landlords and tenants. Here’s everything you need to know about EJARI and how to register your contract.
What is the Ejari System?
A RERA initiative, EJARI works on regulating and facilitating Dubai’s Rental Market. The Ejari System made terms of Law No. 26 of 2007, which regulates the relationship between Landlords and Tenants in Dubai, effective. On March 14, 2010, RERA announced that all rental/lease contracts for Dubai properties must be registered through the EJARI online portal. As of that date, it became mandatory for all individuals and companies acting as landlords to register tenancy agreements using EJARI.
Designed to meet requirements of the law, the EJARI electronic registration web service also reflects RERA’s mission and vision. RERA aims to establish a transparent and strong regulatory system for the rental market and protect the rights of all parties.
The system guarantees that tenant and landlord rights are recognized, upheld, and even enforced by all Government agencies. Moreover, if a dispute arises between the parties, EJARI makes it easy to revise the contracts.
The Ejari System also provides services other than registering a lease agreement. You can log renewals, cancellations, transfers, and terminations on the system. Furthermore, the system works to ensure that the rental agreements are fair towards both parties and that their terms and conditions are given full weight.
EJARI enables authorities to build an accurate picture of Dubai’s rental market. This, in turn, affects future planning within the sector. Moreover, it has an influence on the supply side of the rental market and rent prices.
How to register on EJARI?
Contract registration on the Ejari system is simple enough. It only requires you to have the minimal technical knowledge and to enter the basic details of an agreement. This includes details of the property, the name of the rental company, and terms of the agreement. A unique barcode is generated once you have registered an agreement, it is used as a reference until the contract expires. Furthermore, RERA keeps a record of the agreement and updates it with any changes as soon as they happen.
To register a tenancy contract, you need to visit the EJARI registration website. The site allows you to register and cancel contracts in just a few clicks. The website enables document submission, document check, payment of government fees, and delivery of the EJARI certificate. Within 24 – 48 hours of registration, you will receive the EJARI certificate. Generated by the Ejari system, the EJARI certificate is an official PDF document. You can also use the certificate with government bodies as proof of tenancy contract attestation. You can also receive a scan of the hard copy version of the certificate if needed or print the certificate on ejari.ae.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Visit the website
2. Upload all required documents one by one
3. Pay the fee online through Paypal or cashU
4. Receive your registered contract and EJARI certificate through email 24 – 48 hours later
Copy of (a scan or a photo in high definition):
- Tenant’s Passport (for non-GCC countries nationals)
- Tenant’s UAE Visa (for non-GCC countries nationals)
- Tenant’s Emirates ID (mandatory)
- Tenancy Contract
- Recent Dewa Bill (or Dewa connection receipt)
- Title Deeds of the rented property (or alternatively, Affection Plan issued by Dubai Municipality)
Once you have completed the registration process, you will receive the EJARI Attestation. This includes:
- EJARI Tenancy Contract: This changes your private tenancy contract into a standard EJARI format
- EJARI Registration Certificate: This accounts for evidence that the rental agreement was entered into the Ejari system
- EJARI fees payment receipt: This is an issued receipt of the payment of the EJARI government fees and typing service charges to Rera
First and foremost, the Ejari System protects both landlords and tenants while serving them fairly. EJARI always has the best interest of both parties in mind. If you ever need to make an advance rental payment, rest assured knowing the EJARI also aims to set simple payment terms.
Through the user-friendly system, landlords and tenants find themselves saving time. You no longer need to waste time and effort producing the documents and receipts required for tenancy agreements. This is because a rent receipt can be easily produced through the system.
Furthermore, EJARI’s transparency creates a sturdy and healthy environment for real estate. The system establishes a trusted relationship between landlords and tenants, where both parties benefit. Since the system uses a uniform approach, standardized rental contracts further enhance the industry and all involved parties.
EJARI also offers access to official and updated information on all leased properties in Dubai. The secure online application allows property management companies and individual landlords to register each rental contract with RERA. Furthermore, a centralized online database is created through collecting payment plans, property data, and tenant data.
Working hand in hand with RERA, EJARI encourages a healthy and thriving property management and landlord sector. The standardization of rental contracts holds all parties accountable to fulfill their contract obligations. EJARI also ensures that contracts are fairly regulated through the system.
In 2013, the Ejari System released a smart and efficient update that helps individuals find properties for rent in Dubai. Through www.emart.gov.ae, management companies and property owners can list their vacant properties from EJARI. The listings are immediately available on the eMart portal.
Integrated with all other systems in Dubai Land Department, eMart is an online solution that lists properties for rent, sale, and auction. Moreover, any repeated property is immediately de-listed, which guarantees property authenticity. This, of course, reduces any hassle on managing companies and owners.