When I renewed my 2nd year landlord in Dubai added “None renewable” to my contract. Shall I vacant when my contract due? Or will he be able to increase the price to the new market prices if I renew? The prices now are doubled.

Answer:


  Under the Tenancy Law, a tenancy contract does not terminate automatically. Instead, it renews automatically, on the same terms, until either parties agree to change the terms or terminate it. In the event the landlord wants to change any of the terms, he must notify the tenant at least 90 days in advance. Notification alone, however, is only the first step. The tenant then has to agree. If the event the tenant does not agree to the changes in the contract, the parties should take the dispute to the Rent Committee. Without either an agreement or a Rent Committee judgment, a landlord cannot unilaterally change the terms of the tenancy agreement. Neither can the landlord force the tenant to sign a new agreement. Secondly, the RDSC does not recognize limited term tenancy contracts and it will dismiss such terms if and when a claim is lodged with them. Hence, instead of amending the provisions of the tenancy agreement, the solution is to provide the tenant with a valid notice for eviction (NOE). The benefit of this notice is that you do not have to wait until the renewal date of the tenancy agreement to evict the tenant. The eviction becomes effective on the date of expiry of the last day on the notice.
 
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