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Abu Dhabi to suspend rent evictions, civil case arrests for two months


ABU DHABI – Tenants facing eviction over non-payment of rents in Abu Dhabi will have a two-month reprieve after the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department announced on Tuesday (March 24) that it is suspending any rent evictions for two months.

Counsellor Youssef Saeed Al-Abri, Under-Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, said the Abu Dhabi government wants to ensure that troubled tenants “remain in their homes in a safe and dignified manner, giving them sufficient time to fix their conditions in a manner that preserves the right of landlords”.

Civil cases involving the arrest of individuals, blocked bank accounts and seizure of vehicles, stock and properties will also be suspended for two months.

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department said that the moves are in accordance to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The department said it is suspending rent evictions and any related executive proceedings, as well as the enforcement of new civil and commercial judgments for two months.

The decision does not include cases related to alimony and labour disputes.

The new directive is a “ practical example of UAE values that highlight humanity and tolerance”, said Counsellor Al-Abri.

Al Abri said that the government is keen to mitigate the “burdens resulting from the current situation” and “economic pressures incurred by some groups”. DAJ/Expat Media

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