The Rental Disputes Center in Dubai is an integrated judicial system focused on establishing a secure real estate environment. It achieves this by swiftly resolving rental and jointly-owned real estate disputes through a digital and innovative judicial system known for its speed and accuracy, supporting sustainability.
Established by Decree No. (26) of 2013 issued by His Highness the Ruler of Dubai, the RDC’s objective is to provide a specialized judicial system to handle rental disputes in the Emirate of Dubai. It aims to improve procedures for resolving these types of disputes through a fast and simplified mechanism, with the goal of achieving social and economic stability for all stakeholders in the real estate sector.
The RDC has the exclusive jurisdiction to determine all rental disputes that arise between Landlords and Tenants of Real Property situated in the Emirate, including in free zones, and counterclaims arising therefrom, as well as to determine provisional and summary actions filed by any of the parties to a Lease Contract; and to determine appeals from the decisions and judgments that are subject to appeal in accordance with the provisions of the aforementioned decree and the regulations and resolutions issued in pursuance hereof. The RDC also enforces decisions and judgments issued in rental disputes falling under its jurisdiction.
The decree has conferred upon the Rental Disputes Center the jurisdiction to professionally and transparently hear and adjudicate rental disputes, ensuring the highest standards of justice. The RDC conducts proceedings and procedures for determining lawsuits through First Instance and Appellate Committees, comprising judges and members with experience and competence at the level of the Emirate.
Prior to claims being forwarded to the First Instance Committees, they undergo evaluation by the Conciliation Department, seeking alternative and expeditious solutions to mediate and reconcile the parties involved. The RDC encompasses diverse divisions, including the Central Support Department, responsible for registration, offering support, providing legal assistance, and serving legal processes, alongside aiding litigants. And, the Judgment Execution Department, which oversees the enforcement of all judgments, including eviction orders and financial claims.
The RDC’s scope was expanded as of 2019 to include disputes related to jointly owned properties under Law No. (6) of 2019 concerning the Ownership of Jointly Owned Real Property in the Emirate of Dubai. This addition aims to enhance transparency and solidify Dubai's global leadership in the real estate sector. Jointly Owned Real Property disputes are also resolved through a digital and innovative judicial system characterized by speed and accuracy.
As of 2019, the RDC's jurisdiction was extended to encompass disputes associated with jointly owned properties in accordance with Law No. (6) of 2019, concerning Ownership of Jointly Owned Real Property in the Emirate of Dubai. This expansion is designed to bolster transparency and reinforce Dubai's global leadership in the real estate sector. Disputes pertaining to Jointly Owned Real Property are also resolved through a digital and innovative judicial system distinguished by its speed and precision.
To be the global judicial benchmark in resolving rental and jointly owned real property disputes
Mission: To adjudicate rental and jointly owned real property disputes through a digital and innovative judicial system characterized by speed and accuracy to support sustainability
Dubai is currently undergoing a profound transformation across various dimensions. Under the guidance of our wise leader, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, there is a strong commitment to consolidating Dubai's standing on the global developmental landscape. Dubai is internationally recognized as the preferred destination for living, employment, and tourism.
Bearing in mind, we, at the Rental Disputes Center in Dubai, endeavour to enhance our efforts and leverage all our capabilities to align with the emirate's journey towards fostering comprehensive and sustainable development. Armed with our vision to become an international judicial yardstick for resolving rental and jointly owned real property disputes, we are dedicated to our mission of settling these disputes utilizing a digital and innovative judicial framework characterized by speed and precision, all in furtherance of sustainability. Our efforts align seamlessly with the objectives of Dubai Economic Agenda D33, spearheaded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, focusing on digital transformation to generate fresh economic value, thereby materializing His Highness's vision of Dubai as a prominent global hub for the digital economy and a key player in worldwide digital arena.
The Rental Disputes Center in Dubai is an integrated judicial system that prioritizes the creation of a safe real estate environment by swiftly resolving disputes, conclusively settling cases with speed and precision, and formulating proactive solutions to serve the real estate market.
The RDC functions to regulate the relationship between landlords and tenants, especially in the event of any dispute arising between them that requires the RDC’s intervention. This is in the best interests of both parties and the emirate alike. Endowed with the jurisdiction to consider rental disputes and adjudicate them with professionalism and transparency, the RDC guarantees the attainment of the utmost standards of justice.
May Allah grant us success in serving our nation, its citizens, and residents on its soil, while adhering to the principles of facilitation, speed, precision, integrity, and justice in addressing all lawsuits and rental issues. This contributes to the regulation of the real estate market in line with the government's directives and aspirations.
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The Rental Disputes Center in Dubai is proud of its accomplishments, which stem from diligent efforts dedicated to continual enhancement and growth, along with the embrace of cutting-edge global practices and the latest leading and innovative litigation technologies.
According to the Ease of Doing Business report by the World Bank, the UAE ranks first in the Arab world and 25th globally. The Rental Disputes Center (RDC) plays a vital role in augmenting the "Judicial System Efficiency Index."
2017: The Rental Disputes Center in Dubai received the "Best New Employee" award in the Dubai Government Excellence Program.
2017: The Rental Disputes Center in Dubai was awarded the Arab Ideas Award in the "Technologies" category, with the RDC System winning first place.
2018: The Rental Disputes Center in Dubai received the "Tele Litigation System" award in the Government Excellence Innovative Ideas Awards.
Certificates of Compliance and Global Standards Achieved by the Rental Disputes Center in Implementing Land Department Specifications: