Joint Property Development Agreement

Introduction Real property development in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) is often undertaken on a joint venture basis. The reasons are not dissimilar to other jurisdictions, and include the sharing of risk, specific development expertise, ownership restrictions of the real property and the increase in public private partnerships. It is vital that the joint development…

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…

What is the Jointly Owned Real Property Law?

As is evident from its skyline, many property units in Dubai are part of a tower development having multiple owners. Villas too are often part of a cluster of real estate units within a development. Understandably, not every owner has the same ideas and methodology in dealing with the management of developments nor bear the…

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…