Landlord’s request to evict tenant rejected

ABU DHABI — The Federal Supreme Court has dismissed a petition of the landlord of a multistorey building demanding eviction of a tenant from a flat whose annual rent is Dh75,000, and for lack of evidence that the latter had subleased the property.

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Tue 24 Apr 2007, 8:43 AM

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

The apex court ruled that the verdict of Appeal Court cannot be contested if the amount of the lawsuit is less than Dh200,000.

According to the court records, the landlord had petitioned the Court of First Instance in Abu Dhabi for eviction of the tenant from a flat on the ground that he had sub-leased the property to another person.

The lower court turned down the case for lack of evidence. The complainant (landlord) contested the judgment at the Court of Appeal, which upheld the Court of First Instance’s verdict.

Dissatisfied with the ruling, the landlord moved the apex court, which also turned down his petition on the basis of article 173/1 of the Federal Civil Procedures law, which stipulates that the litigants may contest the appealed verdicts if the value of the lawsuit exceeds Dh200,000, or if its cost is not stipulated.

Accordingly, the apex court rejected the petition because the amount of the rent was only Dh75,000.

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