Landlords in Dubai ?refuse to renew contracts?

Landlords are illegally refusing to renew tenancy agreements in several areas of Dubai, the property rental regulator and experts say.

More than 30 tenants in International City, 30 in Deira and 20 in Silicon Oasis say that a few months before their contracts ended, they were told by the landlord to move out.?Owners have been looking at selling their properties in the face of falling rents and forecasts of lower prices.

Mario Volpi, the managing director of Ocean View Real Estate, said such demands were in breach of the law, which required 12 months? notice.?If a tenant wants to renew, the landlord cannot fail to renew a contract. It is illegal,? The tenancy contract automatically renews under the same terms unless 90 days? notice is given [by tenants].?

Justin, a tenant who has lived for two years in International City, said his landlord had told him and his family to leave and had since been uncontactable.?My wife and daughter?s visas are due for renewal next month,? he said. ?I need the rent agreement and Ejari, so I?m worried because the landlord is not taking calls or replying to emails.?He had told us that he wanted to sell and get out of the market. It?s easier to sell immediately if there is no tenant.?

Ejari, or ?My Rent? in Arabic, requires all rental contracts be registered. Without an Ejari document from the Real Estate Regulatory Agency, residents cannot obtain visas for relatives.