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How to Register Your Tenancy Contract with Ejari in Dubai

Posted by umaproperties on December 4, 2023
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Registering your tenancy contract with Ejari in Dubai is crucial for tenants and landlords. This article, updated on September 18, 2023, simplifies the process and answers common queries about Ejari registration. Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A brief overview of Ejari.
  • The steps to register with Ejari.
  • Locations of registration centers.
  • How to renew and cancel your registration.

Ejari, meaning “my rent” in Arabic, is an online system implemented by the Dubai Land Department in 2007. It’s mandatory for all rental agreements in Dubai, covering both commercial and residential properties. The system’s goal is to convert private rental contracts into legally binding documents in a government-sanctioned format. It’s essential for organizing rental information and maintaining records with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA). Registering provides an Ejari certificate, which is necessary for accessing various services in the emirate and ensures your right to legal recourse in rental disputes. Unregistered tenants cannot seek legal help in court.
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Who Can Register for Ejari in Dubai? 

In Dubai, the responsibility of applying for Ejari lies with landlords, tenants (or their representatives), and property management companies. Although it is technically the landlord’s duty to register the tenancy contract with Ejari, often this task is delegated to the real estate agent. In reality, however, tenants usually end up managing the registration process and covering any associated fees. It’s crucial to ensure that your Ejari registration clearly specifies all deposits, the duration of the contract, and rent amounts. Registration can be conveniently done at Ejari trustee centers throughout Dubai or through the Ejari mobile application.

1. How Can You Register for Ejari? 

Registering for Ejari in Dubai is straightforward and can be done either online or offline.

Offline Registration:

You can visit typing centers to submit the necessary documents and pay for Ejari services. When you arrive, you’ll need to fill out a registration form. Be sure to bring your new address, tenancy contract number, and copies of the required documents.

Online Registration:

Via Website: For a quick and easy process, apply through the Dubai Land Department’s website, which hosts the Ejari system.

Via Mobile App: You can also use the Dubai REST App or Dubai Now App to register your tenancy contract and upload documents. The steps include downloading the app, registering with your Emirates ID, passport, and visa copy, and then uploading all required documents.

For mobile app registration, your landlord must also be registered on the Ejari app. Once they approve the documents, you’ll receive an Ejari certificate, typically within two working days. This certificate includes a unique Ejari ID number, essential for registering your DEWA account, which can also be done online.

After registration, you’ll receive an Ejari number and a unique barcode. The Ejari certificate is necessary for various applications in Dubai, such as DEWA, telephone and internet services, commercial licenses, and residence visas. You can download and print the certificate from the official website as needed.

2. What Are the Required Documents to Register for Ejari?

When registering for Ejari, you need have a number of necessary documents ready. Examine them using the list that follows: 

• Tenant’s Emirates ID.

• Original signed tenancy agreement.

• Security deposit receipt.

• Copy of landlord passport (if any).

• Tenant passport (for non-GCC citizens)

• A copy of a current power of attorney instrument, if one has been signed; for power of attorney documents to be enforceable, they must be renewed annually.

• A copy of the rented property’s title deed.

• The tenant’s UAE visa (for non-GCC citizens)

• A trade license, if applicable (for commercial properties).

In addition to the aforementioned paperwork, you must also provide a DEWA bill and your previous Ejari if you are renewing your Ejari.

 3. How is the Ejari Renewal Process completed?

The Ejari registration needs to be renewed every year after its initial year of validity. The steps to renew Ejari online are as follows:

• Go to www.ejari.ae, the Ejari website, and sign into your account.

• Choose the contract you wish to renew, then upload the revised tenancy contract and DEWA bill, along with any other necessary paperwork.

• Make the online Ejari renewal payment.

A new registration number and the Ejari certificate will be downloadable as soon as the money is received.

4. How Much Is the Cost of Ejari’s Registration?

Whether you apply online or offline, there are differences in the cost of registering your tenancy contract with Ejari in Dubai. View the comprehensive Ejari Fees information below.

Online Enrollment

Online Ejari contract registration costs AED 155 (VAT excluded), plus extra costs.

  • AED 10 Innovation fee; AED 10 Knowledge fee

Registering Offline

AED 219.75, including VAT, is the registration fee for an Ejari contract via the real estate services trustees’ centers.

5. Where Are Ejari Typing Centers Located in Dubai? 

Known as Trustee Centers, there are numerous Ejari typing centers located around the emirate. Therefore, if you would rather register offline, bring the necessary paperwork and visit one of the authorized Ejari Trustees locations.

The following is a list of Ejari service typing centers located in Dubai:

  • Trustee Services for Al Tabu Real Estate: Al Nahda Road, Al Qusais 2
  • Dubai Municipality, Al Kifaf Center is the trustee for Al Taresh Real Estate Services.
  • Takklees Government Services: Baniyas Road, Deira; Creek Tower
  • Al Manara Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Safa is the trustee for the Al Manara Real Estate Registration.

Additionally, you can choose the most suitable location for you to register for Ejari in Dubai because there are multiple locations available.

6. How Can You Find Ejari Offices Nearby?

If you are always wondering and asking yourself the “Ejari office near me” kind of questions, feel free to visit the Ejari website or call the Ejari contact number.

7. What Are the Working Hours of Ejari Trustees Centers in Dubai?

They are open all days of the week except Saturdays. You can head to the nearest typing/trustees center to effortlessly register your Ejari. Have a look at their timings below:

  • Sundays – Thursdays: 8 am – 8 pm 
  • Fridays: 8 am – 12 pm, 4 pm – 8 pm

However, always double-check your preferred location’s business hours. 

8. How Long Does It Take to Get an Ejari Certificate?

It takes from 1 to 2 days once the documents are completed and approved.

9. When Should You Renew Ejari?

Tenants need to renew their Ejari registration when changing their rental property or at the end of their lease period. Landlords should do the same when they are about to welcome a new tenant. Renewing Ejari is a process that can be conveniently done online. Here’s how:

Log in through the Ejari app and submit the necessary documents for renewal, along with the documents required for initial registration.

The fee for renewing the Ejari tenancy contract in Dubai is the same as the initial registration cost. Additionally, for those who prefer an offline method, renewal can also be done at Ejari trustees’ centers in Dubai, offering flexibility in choosing the most convenient option.

However, it’s important to note that if your previous Ejari contracts have not been registered in the system, you won’t be able to renew your current one. In such cases, you must register any earlier tenancy contracts first, as per RERA regulations.

Remember, if you plan to renew your contract for the same property in the following year, it’s essential to complete Ejari registration for the new contract. Being familiar with the Ejari system is highly recommended, as it is used for all rental transactions, including renewals, cancellations, transfers, and terminations.

10. How Can You Cancel Your Ejari? 

Both tenants and landlords can cancel their Ejari contract either through trustees’ centers or via the app. Cancellation can occur either before the end of the tenancy period or upon its conclusion, based on individual needs. The documentation required for cancellation varies depending on whether you choose the offline or online method. Here’s what you need:

Offline Cancellation:

  • Emirates ID of both the landlord and tenant.
  • Ejari certificate.
  • Termination letter from the property owner.
  • Tenant’s passport.
  • Original copy of the unified tenancy contract.
  • Most recent DEWA bill.
  • No Objection Certificate from the property owner.

Online Cancellation:

Original copy of the unified tenancy contract.

It’s important to ensure that any previous Ejari registration is canceled. This task falls to either the former tenant, landlord, real estate agency, or property management company. Ejari certificates do not automatically expire at the end of the tenancy period. Failing to cancel a previous Ejari can hinder and delay the registration and issuance of a new certificate for a new property.

  1. What Is the Contact Information of Ejari?

You can use the following details to get in touch with the Dubai Land Department if you have any queries or concerns about Ejari:

  • 800 4488 

You now have all the knowledge necessary to complete the Ejari registration procedure in Dubai, as well as everything there is to know about the system. After reading this comprehensive guide, you won’t need to worry about where to register for Ejari or how much it will cost.

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