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Many residents in the capital are often unaware of their legal rights, as well as the legal route they can take should a dispute arise between them and their landlord. They need to be aware that the Abu Dhabi rent committee exists to handle cases between both the tenant and the landlord.
If your landlord has increased your rent, you have the right as a tenant to dispute the increase, and can refer your case to the rental committee that hears the views of both tenants and landlords.
?The landlord [and tenant] has the right to resort to the rental committee of Abu Dhabi in case of any dispute related to the rent or the increase subject to the Law No 20/2006. It is mentioned in Article 4 of the law that if there is no agreement between the parties about the increase or if there is a dispute about the increase value, then they can be brought before the committee.
Before the amendments on Law No 20/2006, it was mentioned that there is a maximum limit to increase the rent yearly. However, after the amendments in 2013, the maximum limit imposed was removed. If there is no agreement between the parties about the increase or if there is a dispute about the increase value, the matter can be brought before the committee.?
?The committee will evaluate and estimate the fair value of increase in light of several factors. The tenant will not go to the committee until he feels that the increase is unfair to him. Unfortunately, there is no fixed number or percentage that is recognized as being too much by the rental committee as the matter is different from case to case.