Dubai rent disputes centre opens promising faster resolution to property disagreements

The new Rental Disputes Settlement Centre (RDSC) will begin operations today according to the Land Department.

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DUBAI // A new centre to settle rental disputes will open tomorrow.

The Rental Disputes Settlement Centre (RDSC) will act as a judicial offshoot of the Land Department and promises speedier resolutions to property disagreements.

“The opening of the new RDSC is a move aimed at delivering an improved level of service to the Land Department’s clients,” said Sultan Butti bin Mejren, director general of the Land Department.

“It will allow us to address disputes arising from real-estate issues in a timely and professional manner consistent with the department’s highest standards.”

The centre will handle all disputes arising between leaseholders and tenants in Dubai, including in its free zones.

Either party is able to file a claim and can request temporary judgments or interim relief. They can also appeal decisions made by the centre, which implements its judgments.

Chaired by Judge Abdul-Qader Mousa, the centre was established with a mandate for resolving property disagreements by using simplified mechanisms and fast-track procedures.

“The judgments it hands out will help define the duties and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants,” Mr bin Mejren said.

“We believe that it will play a very important role in attracting more investors to the real-estate sector in the emirate, as it establishes an atmosphere of trust and reassurance.”

The centre is based at the Land Department’s head office on Baniyas Road in Deira.