Dubai Municipality Steps up Crackdown on Sharing of Villas

DUBAI - Many families in Dubai who share villas continued to stay in their accommodation on Saturday despite the municipality’s decision to impose a final warning of a fine of Dh50,000 for sharing of villas from this month.

By (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Mon 3 Aug 2009, 1:48 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:17 AM

Director General of Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah recently announced that a maximum fine of Dh50,000 would be imposed on landlords of villas housing more than one family.

This was announced as part of the civic body’s move to intensify its crackdown on multiple families sharing villas after subleting the premises. The civic body had launched the “one villa-one family” campaign last year citing health and safety concerns as hundreds of villas were being sublet after making unauthorised structural changes.

The building inspectors with the municipality found about 5,000 families sharing villas. During the initial phase of the campaign, the civic body, in collaboration with Dubai Water and Electiricity Authority disconnected power and water supply in many villas and imposed fines in some areas like Rashidiya which have many such villas.

When the implementation of the rule was begun in mid-may 2008, hundreds of families in many parts of the emirate moved out while many men sent their families back to their home countries. However, many stayed on. The municipality, which has pledged to wipe out the practice of villa-sharing throughout the emirate has decided to step up the crackdown with a new compliance campaign from August 1.

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