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Dubai Tourism warns on holiday home regulations

Real estate developers in Dubai have reportedly been asked to warn landlords against short-term lets or they would face fines of up to AED100,000 ($27,000).

Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) issued a notice to developers across the emirate, stating: “Your involvement as developers is essential for the ease of implementing the regulation, therefore we would like you to monitor short-term rental operations in your developments and put signage in the buildings entrances informing owners that using their properties as holiday homes is not allowed unless they have the required permits.”

The notice added: “Owners who like to lease their properties on a short-term basis should get their properties registered with the DTCM to ensure that the guest’s transition to the building is smooth and house rules are implemented.”

At the end of April, DTCM issued new regulations governing the leasing of holiday homes to increase transparency.

Under the new resolution, private homeowners can apply for a holiday home licence without the need to go through an approved Dubai Tourism operator, provided they meet certain criteria.

In addition, tenants renting a property can also lease their accommodation as a holiday home with a short-term permit, providing they first obtain a ‘no objection’ certificate from their landlord and meet all DTCM requirements.

DTCM will issue a permit for each unit to be let as a holiday home, including the property owner and management company details.

However, according to Emirates247, anyone found to be in breach of the new regulations faces fines of up to $27,000 in the case of an offender who has repeated the same violation within one year from the date of the first offence.

Caught, first-time offenders will face a fine of not less than AED200 ($54) and not more than AED20,000 ($5,445), the newspaper said.

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