10 Things to Know About Abu Dhabi’s New Property Law
The much awaited new real estate law – No. (3) of 2015 Regulating Real Estate Sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi – has now been published, and will take effect as of January 2016. This law is mostly good news for the average person, but as with anything, we will have to see how it is implemented. Here are 10 the most interesting bits from the new regulation for residential buyers and sellers in the emirate’s investment zones:
It had been anticipated that this law would introduce some sort of rent cap or calculator as there has been much speculation as to how it might work. However, if it is coming it isn’t in this law, so rents will continue to be set by landlords as the market will allow.
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) has been tasked with regulating the real estate sector. The DMA’s responsibilities will include implementing the law, issuing licences, controlling escrow accounts and cancelling real estate projects. The DMA will now essentially perform the same function as RERA in Dubai. Let us hope its regulations (when published) come with some real teeth to dissuade the sharp practices that are still common in the emirate. Details