Within the following two weeks, Dubai residents must register every cohabitant in their homes. All owners, developers, and property management firms must finish the procedure. 

  • Residents must first download the Dubai REST App before they may proceed. 
  • the subsequent actions need to be taken 
  • Log in to the mobile app by opening the Dubai REST App. 
  • For rapid access, select “Individual” as your role and log in using UAE PASS. 
  • Identify yourself using the UAE PASS smartphone app. 
  • Choose the property where you are a tenant from the dashboard. 
  • To continue, select Manage co-occupants. 
  • To add co-occupants to the rental property where you are a renter, select “Add additional.” 
  • Enter the co-Emirates occupant’s ID and date of birth, then click “Verify.” 
  • Include every family member residing on the property.  
  • Select the delete icon and then submit to remove a co-occupant. 

The New Regulations Regarding “Cohabitants” 

More information regarding a new regulation requiring residents to register all cohabitants in residential units was provided by the Dubai Land Department (DLD). The authorities stated that registration is required for any co-occupants residing in a unit for a month or more. 

They consist of the tenant’s family and household staff. The main tenant, whose name the tenancy contract is registered, must add the information of others staying with him for those residing in shared housing. 

A “complete statistical record” of all residents in the emirate is being created by the authorities. 

According to a statement from the DLD, the objective is to “assist government bodies in responding to the changing demands of citizens, residents, and visitors.” 

The authority demanded that co-occupant information be registered in owned or rented premises “within a maximum of two weeks with immediate effect” in a statement that was issued on Friday, September 23. 

The Dubai REST app must be used for registration. Residents can log in with the UAE Pass. After logging in, they must choose the residence, choose “co-occupants,” click “add more,” and then enter their information. 

Everyone in the family or any co-occupants of the unit must go through the process. By clicking the “delete” icon, a co-occupant may be eliminated. 

Every year, a rent agreement is signed by tenants and property owners. The contract contains a list of the property’s rules and regulations. 

Moreover 3.5 million individuals are considered to be permanent residents of the emirate, according to the population counter on the website of the Dubai Statistics Centre. Since 2020, the Emirate’s population has grown by nearly 100,000 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. 

It is said that discipline is a bridge between goals and accomplishments. A rule as such has been brought forth to bring about discipline in the country’s day to day functionality.  

Who is the rule intended for? 

All owners, developers, property management firms, and tenants are subject to the rules. 

What information about habitants needs to be entered into the app? 

In Dubai, some tenants and investors have already started receiving instructions on how to register co-occupant information from the owners or developers of their properties. 

Tenants and homeowners are required to enter the names, Emirates ID numbers, and dates of birth of all co-occupants on the application, according to information made available on the Dubai REST app. After entering their information, candidates must select “verify.” All family members residing on the property must have their information entered. 

Reasons That Brought in the New Rule 

The government has asked citizens to abide by the applicable laws in this case. Residents were urged to call the toll-free hotline 800900 to report breaches. 

Villas and residential structures in Dubai have a prescribed load, or the most occupants that may be accommodated safely. Municipal inspectors conduct inspections to determine whether standards are being met and to look for overcrowding. 

In the UAE, it is against the law to share a rental apartment without the landlord’s consent. Sub-tenants and the tenants who sublease the flat are both subject to eviction. In July, a court ordered an Abu Dhabi tenant who had wrongfully divided a property and sublet it to four households to pay the landlord Dh300,000. 

Authorities in the emirates have in the past imposed steep fines on anyone who rent apartments or villas. Civic organizations have consistently cautioned that crowded living conditions, residential unit partitioning, and unauthorized power supply pose fire risks. Those who disobey the guidelines in this regard risk having their utility services disconnected. 

Landlords are prohibited from renting out condos or mansions to bachelors in certain regions of the nation that are designated as “family only.” Following inspections throughout the years, many of bachelors in Sharjah were forced to leave these places. The municipality of the emirate also imposed fines for contravening subletting laws.