Dubai: Emaar has warned of legal action against Emirates Living residents who rent properties on a short-term basis.

The move comes in the wake of an incident in late January, when police had to be called to rein in unruly teens at a wild party in a empty villa rented by an unscrupulous agent.

“Over the past few weeks, it has been noted that some home-owners or their property managers have been letting out their property on short-term basis for recreational or other similar prohibited purposes. Such activities and transactions are prohibited in the community and endanger the community in addition to creating noise and nuisance,” said Ahmad Al Falasi, Executive Director, Emaar in a letter addressed to all Emirates Living residents.

“Short-term lets / holiday lets are not allowed as per the Community rules and the Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) signed by the owners. It is also prohibited in solely residential properties by law. Short-term letting hinders security arrangements and puts a burden on the infrastructure and resources of the community which has been designed to be used as a residential area,” the letter read.

Emaar warned residents they would be penalised. “Owners will be issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) which will attract applicable penalties and legal action may be taken against all unauthorised lets and reported to the local authorities for further action,” Falasi said in the letter.