Tenants in Dubai can file a case with the police if a landlord disconnects utility services or restricts access to any building facility, a senior judge with the Rental Disputes Centre (RDC) has said.
Under the provisions of Article (34) of Law No. (26) of 2007, which regulates the relationship between tenants and landlords, landlords are prohibited from cutting services to the property or prevent the tenant from using the property in any way.
“The RDC receives many complaints from tenants, which are usually as a result of the landlords cutting facilities or services such as water or electricity,” Judge Omar Miran, general secretary, RDC, told Arabian Business.
Miran said tenants can also file a case with the RDC with an official report that details the impediment, requesting compensation for damages suffered.
Last month, the Dubai Land Department said it will distribute AED1 million ($272,000) to cash-strapped tenants who have defaulted on payments and were found guilty during court proceedings.