Dubai landlord switches off their tenant’s DEWA.

Alfred’s a Dubai tenant and he was unfairly evicted. What could he have done?

Alfred: “I was living in Dubai Marina.

My ex-landlord apparently sold the property which I wasn’t aware of at the time.

Basically what he did, he gave me a two-month notice, told me to leave the apartment within two months.

What I knew is that I had actually twelve months. He had to give me twelve-month notice.

So I told him that and what he did, he actually cut the DEWA, and basically forced me to leave the apartment.

I am wondering what I could have done to actually protect myself from that eviction.”

Legal Consultant, Ahmed Odeh:

“So sorry to hear that, Alfred. In the event of a transfer of ownership, the new landlord assumes all the obligations of the tenancy agreement that you signed with the old landlord.

As far as the law is concerned, the Tenancy Law strictly prohibits the landlord from disconnecting services to the property and that includes DEWA.

In the event of such an occurrence, it is best to file a claim with the police that is in your area. Or you can file a claim with the Rent Dispute Settlement Committee.

However, in most cases the matter does get resolved with the police.

I hope that we’ve answered your question.”

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