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Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 is an ambitious endeavor to say the least. It stresses the integration of all government departments to create a forward-looking, modern and sustainable city. The vision will most certainly become a role model for the urban evolution of a modern city. In line with this vision, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City launched its Tawtheeq project in 2011.
The Tawtheeq project aims at regulating the often tumultuous relationship between landlords and their tenants. This Executive Council Resolution is binding on all landlords of leasable properties and has been welcomed by most parties concerned.
The two-step process has been implemented in phases to ensure full participation and ease for all parties: the Setup Phase and the System Usage Phase.
The Setup Phase: It involves the opening of an account in the Tawtheeq system. Owners complete a Profile and Preferences Form, gather documents required and present the form to the municipality. In case of leasable properties managed by approved third party service providers, the responsibility of account opening and managing falls on them. The owners then enter the complete data on Data Migration Kit - Property Registration (DMK-PR). The system requires the number of properties or units and description of each. Finally, they register all existing tenancy contracts for their properties.
The System Usage Phase: It encompasses all rental transactions and includes updating data relating to issuing tenancy contracts, renewing and updating information of existing contracts, cancelling existing contracts before the lease expiry date and terminating a tenancy contract prior to expiry.
Tawtheeq requires mandatory contract registration with a term of up to four years in Abu Dhabi. This is regardless of whether the property is currently under a lease or not. There are no fines associated with failure to register leasable properties; however, a property owner will face delays in obtaining other governmental services because of the integration and communication among various relevant government entities. Additionally, the Tenancy Dispute Settlement Committee will not intervene in the unfortunate incidence of disputes occurring between the landlord and tenant.
• The 2011 Tawtheeq project aims to regulate the landlord-tenant relationship
• It is mandatory for either landlords or their property managers to register
• It’s a two-step process involving owner registration, property management
Source: Bushra Hameduddin, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer