DM to turn heat on errant landlords too

DUBAI — With the Dubai Municipality firm on getting tough with bachelors and labourers staying in residential areas, landlords, too, are likely to face action.

By Joy Sengupta

Published: Sun 22 Apr 2007, 8:56 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:43 AM

During the last week, the municipality disconnected water supply and power connections to 66 houses located in different parts of the emirate. It also initiated heavy fines against landlords who had rented homes to bachelors. The total fine collected by the officials amounted to Dh4 million approximately. In addition to this, the transactions of 16 trade licences were also cancelled.

The ongoing drive is being conducted in association with the Labour Department, Economic Department and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).

Marwan Abdullah Al Mohammad, head of Buildings Inspection Department at the municipality, said all these departments were helping the municipality against violators.

“The bachelors are supposed to get out of residential areas and those landlords who give houses to them would also be penalised,” he said.

He explained that the municipality had inspected areas of Al Rashidiya in the first phase last week. In the second and the third phases areas like Al Qusais, Al Twar and Muhisna will be targeted.

Abdullah said 42 letters were issued in the first week for disconnection of electricity and water services to houses in Al Rashidiya area. These letters are sent by Dewa after the municipality forwards it to them. He added that Dewa had disconnected the water and power services in 31 cases, in addition to halting transactions of seven trade licences for the landlords.

Some 53 similar letters had been sent to people in Al Qusais area as well. Fifteen letters have been sent by Dewa to landlords in Al Twar area.

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