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New decree establishes Rental Disputes Settlement Centre

Centre aims to enhance legal procedures that facilitate the settlement of rental disputes

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RELATED ARTICLES: RTA plans massive expansion for Dubai Metro lines | Dubai Municipality cracks down on lawbrakers | Dubai Municipality survey finds 64% of city occupied His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, has issued Decree No 26 of 2013, establishing the Rental Disputes Settlement Centre as part of the Land Department in the Emirate of Dubai. A WAM report said that the centre aims to enhance legal procedures that facilitate the settlement of rental disputes with the objective of providing socio-economic stability among members of the community. The mandate of the centre includes the settlement of all rental disputes for properties in Dubai and free zones within the emirate (unless such disputes are assigned to judicial committees or special courts for the purposes of rent dispute settlement), lawsuits arising from such disputes, requests for urgent action by either of the disputing parties, appeals on rulings and sentences which may be challenged for appeal as per the decree and its ensuing regulations and decisions. The Centre is not tasked with the settlement of rental disputes arising from financial leasing contracts and disputes arising from long-term rent contracts that fall under the provisions of Law No 7 of 2006, concerning property registration in the Emirate of Dubai. The Chairman of the Dubai Judicial Council is authorised to issue necessary decisions to implement the provisions of the decree. The centre, its committees and departments are to be headed by judges. Members of various committees will comprise legal professionals and experts. Decisions and rulings are to be issued on behalf of His Highness the Ruler of Dubai unanimously or by a majority vote. The decree defines the organisational structure of the centre, both legal and administrative. The legal section will include departments for conciliation and mediation, trial chamber and appeals chamber in addition to a department tasked with implementing sentences and rulings. The administrative section will include a number of organisational units tasked with providing technical and administrative support to the legal section, and the decree will be published in the official gazette and is effective after 60 days from its date of publication.

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