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Fines of up to Dh50,000 for renting out to bachelors

Let out your apartment to bachelors illegally and you could be fined Dh1,000 to Dh50,000, depending on the size of your apartment

  • By Anjana Kumar, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:00 July 25, 2012
  • XPRESS

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  • Think twice before you let out your apartment to bachelors illegally. You could be fined anything from Dh1,000 to Dh50,000, depending on the size of your apartment. Image for illustrative purposes only.

DUBAI Think twice before you let out your apartment to bachelors illegally. You could be fined anything from Dh1,000 to Dh50,000, depending on the size of your apartment.

Hundreds of residents learnt this bitter truth when Dubai Municipality fined them for the ‘misuse of the approved plan or approved drawing and accommodating bachelors in unauthorised planning areas’.

One person must occupy only one room. For example, no more than three bachelors can stay in a three-bedroom apartment, otherwise there will be a fine

Dawood Al Hajri, Director of Planning Department at Dubai Municipality

The bigger the apartment, the bigger the fine.

Tenants liable

Until June this year, 317 bachelors had been served eviction notices for violating Dubai Municipality guidelines. But it’s the tenants who had to bear the financial implications.

“The fine has been imposed on the tenants in whose name the rental contract was made,” said Jaber Ahmad Abdullah Al Ali, Head of Inspection, Building Inspection, Building Department Section, Dubai Municipality.

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A Dubai Municipality official said bachelors can stay in all residential buildings in Commercial Business District (CBD) areas. They can also stay in residential buildings in designated residential areas such as Al Quoz 4, Ghusais 1, Hor Al Anz and Muteena, among others.

“One person must occupy only one room. For example, no more than three bachelors can stay in a three-bedroom apartment, otherwise there will be a fine,” said Dawood Al Hajri, Director of Planning Department at Dubai Municipality. Al Hajri defines a bachelor as a white collared employee who is single and living here without a family, a wife or husband. According to him, blue-collared workers can live only in labour camps in Mohaisna, Al Quoz and Jebel Ali.

The guidelines do not affect bachelors living in freehold areas.

So far 121 such workers have been fined for living outside these areas.

“Some construction companies let their workers live outside labour camps. This is illegal. They have been evicted and those who sub-let their apartments to these workers have been fined,” said Ali.

Residents sharing their villas with other families have not been spared either, Eviction notices have been served to 313 families on this count.

Since January, Dubai Municipality has also demolished 67 villas and buildings.

“Most of these properties were abandoned by their owners for various reasons,” said Ali. Explaining the demolition process, Ali said when his department comes across a rundown or uninhabited building, they put up a violation notice asking the owner to renovate or occupy the property.

“If they don’t respond within one month, we send them a letter warning that their property will be demolished. If they still do not respond, we publish a demolition notice in newspapers,” he said.

Comments (14)

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  1. Added 12:59 July 26, 2012

    The authorities can provide reasonable and affordable accomodation for bachelors within city limits where families shouldn't be allowed to live.

    fffff, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:52 July 26, 2012

    This rule seems a bit harsh on bacheors, who come here to work and save money to send it back home. Most workers gets are paid less than Dh6000. Can you imagine renting out an apartment and then surviving on the balance money?

    ShjResident, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:15 July 26, 2012

    For us bachelors who earn less than 3000 dirhams per month, we cannot afford such rent for a 1 bedroom . Not all of us are given company accommodation. The government should impose a law for specific rents for bachelors.

    Katrina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:28 July 26, 2012

    The rule can help improve standard of living, but there should also be a rule for standard of basic pay to employees. Somebody earning AED 2500 wouldn't prefer to spend AED 1500 or AED 2000 for accommodation. This wont affect people with higher salary, but would have very adverse effect on labourers who develop the whole city and should be given better standard of living and support.

    Anonumous, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:49 July 26, 2012

    Why such a move against bachelors. Are'nt they humans?

    Aniyanmon, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:46 July 26, 2012

    How can one person having a salary of Dh800 - Dh2500 rent a single room? Of course everybody wants a spacious room for themselves, but the problem is our salary is very low. Expenses on food and everything else keeps increasing, but not our salary....We cannot afford to give most our salary on rent and forget our families in our home country. Is that being fair. Renting a flat is very expensive unless there are places where we can rent a room for only 500 dirhams. And WHY NOT??? A WHOLE FLAT FOR ONLY Dh1500 A MONTH AND A PLACE NEAR TO OUR WORK PLACE!

    jasmin, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 09:54 July 26, 2012

    That means bachelors earning low salaries will have to spend their entire monthly salary on rents. Because of the high rise in rent bachelors are forced to live with many others to reduce the burden of expenses here and to save some thing and help their family back home. I request the authorities to re consider the decision as there are many working for less salary and paying half of them as rent.

    Rajesh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 09:33 July 26, 2012

    So alarming! im single, I earn only 4000 AED salary, our company doesn't give accomodation even if you're Single or married. Honestly, i cant afford a single room ... How can i sustain my daily and personnal needs? Also Iam sending 1000 AEd monthy back home to my family. at present, i only shared 600 to 700 as a bed spacer and for dewa...Please GOD help me!

    Confused, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 09:14 July 26, 2012

    Excellent step by Dubai Municipality, i have been staying in International City with family and notice many small companies housing 9-10 people in studios and apartments. There should be specific areas for Families where they can stay and similarly for bachelors.

    Muhammad, Dubai, Pakistan

  10. Added 09:04 July 26, 2012

    what happens in cases like mine where we three brothers live in one studio flat. Will this rule apply on me as well. Can somebody clarify this?

    mohammad, dubai, India

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