Dubai’s Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) has received a number of complaints against companies who are involved in sub-letting properties despite their trade license not allowing them to conduct such an activity. The agency has also advised victims of the sub-letting scams to contact the Dubai Police and the rental dispute settlement committee along with the Dubai Economic Department (DED).
Article 25(1)(b) of Dubai’s Law 33 of 2008 states that if the tenant grants the sub-lease without the approval of the landlord, the landlord is entitled to follow a specific procedure to evict the tenant and the sub-tenant. In that event the sub-tenant retains its rights to claim compensation from the tenant.
Even if the landlord has not approved the sub-lease, and the head-lease is properly terminated, it does not necessarily mean that the sub-tenant must immediately vacate the property.