In his capacity as Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruker of Dubai, his Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued ‘Decree No. 26 of 2013 concerning rent disputes settlement center in the Emirate of Dubai’. Under this Decree, the Rent Disputes Settlement Center (the ‘Center’) was established to find a judicial system that specializes in hearing rental disputes and developing the procedures of adjudicating these kinds of disputes through a quick and simple system in order to achieve social and economic stability for all those concerned with property leasing and related sectors. This in turn would support the sustainable development of the Emirate of Dubai.
Based at the Land Department, the Center is structured into two sectors: a judicial sector and an administrative sector. The administrative sector consists of a number of structural unites mandated to provide technical and administrative support for the judicial sector which, in turn, consists of the following organizational departments:
1. Reconciliation Department
This department's role is to try to settle rental disputes amicably within a maximum period of 15 days before the department. This period may be extended for another 15 days by a decision from the supervising judge. If reconciliation is achieved between rental disputes parties, it will be documented by a reconciliation agreement signed by the parties and approved by the judge supervising the department.
2. Department of First Instance
This department consists of a number of committees, each consisting of a Chairman and two members with experience in legal and real estate fields.
3. Department of Appeal
4. Judgments Execution Department
This department is responsible for enforcing the decisions and judgments issued by the Center. However, the Head of the Center may also use the Execution Department of the Dubai Courts to enforce the judgments (Article 21).
Rent Commitee Members:
Mohammed Al Muhtaseb;
Hiam Al Muhtadi;
Hussain Al Matrood;
Decree for the New Settlement Center
The Center shall exclusively carry out the following competences:
The center shall not hear the following rental disputes: