The Al Sufouh street in Dubai. Picture for illustration purposes only.


Dubai expat who lost business wins tenancy case


DUBAI – A Dubai expatriate who lost his business during the coronavirus pandemic has won a legal case to end his tenancy contract early.

The Rental Dispute Settlement Centre ruled in favor of the expat on June 7, saying the job loss during the pandemic is considered an “emergency circumstance”.

The expat was able to break his lease agreement for a property in Al Sofouh early without paying a penalty equivalent to two months rent.

The Dubai rent committee also told the landlord to return two of four rent cheques amounting to Dh25,656 each. The lease was due to end in January.

“The termination of the claimant is an event of emergency circumstances, which the claimant cannot mitigate nor predict,” the judgement stated.

The expat filed the case in April through Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla realty dispute resolution company after he said he could no longer pay the rent because his healthcare services business was heavily affected by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. ICA/Expat Media

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