When homeowners refuse to pay service charges

What legal avenues do owners have when their complaints are not addressed? Published in Gulf News on March 7, 2018 By Robert Mitchley, Senior Associate   Unit owners in a one-year-old building have been wrangling over maintenance and service fee issues with the developer. The owners complain that the owners’ association (OA) is not prompt…

ICLG UAE Real Estate 2018 – A practical cross-border insight into real estate law

ICLG’s Real Estate 2018 guide covers common issues in real estate laws and regulations – including ownership, real estate rights, system of registration, the registry/registries, real estate market and liabilities of buyers and sellers in real estate transactions – in 27 jurisdictions. John Peacock, a Senior Associate in our Dubai office, has contributed the United Arab…

The Limits Of A Rent Increase

When your tenancy contract is nearing renewal and you begin negotiating with your landlord, it is useful to know your legal rights to avoid unknowingly being made to accept rental increases that are not enforceable. Unlike in many jurisdictions around the world where an annual rental increase is accepted due to normal inflationary trends, Dubai…

Key legal aspects of real estate

Speaker at a workshop organised by Dubai Chamber. Held at Dubai Chamber (main office), on 16 August 2016. Topic: Key legal aspects of real estate Speaker: John Peacock, Senior Associate The topics of discussion included: Legal issues surrounding real estate ownership & transfer Structuring Real estate ownership in the UAE. The workshop was featured in the…

Structuring real estate ownership in Dubai – Conference (Part 1)

Speaker at the Structuring real estate ownership conference. Hosted by Academy & Finance, at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai on 2 March 2016. Topic: Which holding structures are authorised to own real estate in the Designated Areas of Dubai (direct and indirect freehold)? Presenter: Jimmy Haoula, Managing Partner Jimmy covered: Which structures can own in freehold areas…

SAGIA Implements A Fast Track Registration Process In A Bid To Attract Sizable Foreign Investments

In an attempt to address recent criticisms targeted at its complex and time-consuming registration procedures and in order to attract significant foreign investments, perceived as a means of counterbalancing a decrease in oil prices and deficit in budgets, the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (“SAGIA”), has embarked upon a comprehensive overhaul of the framework governing…