Sharjah residents urged to attest rental contracts

SHARJAH — The Sharjah Municipality is urging people residing in the emirate to get their tenancy contracts attested on time and pay the housing fee in order to avoid legal action, including the disconnection of power supply to their homes.

By Lina Abdul Rahman

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Published: Fri 9 Sep 2005, 12:20 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:14 PM

Salem Al Owais, Director of the Sharjah Municipality Council, stressed on the importance of attesting the contracts in order to avoid the disconnection of electricity from the homes of those who fail to attest their rental contracts in time.

“We recently disconnected electricity from various apartments in Abu Shaghara area as the tenants did not get attested their contracts, but the electricity was back shortly, based on the directives of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the Supreme Council, who stressed on the importance of preserving human dignity and avoiding depriving people of basic services rendered to them.

Al Owais explained that the civic body is currently studying plans of introducing a new contract attestation law, based on which violators will be fined with penalties for failing to renew or get attested the contract within time. “We might even add the fines on the electricity bill of the violator in order to avoid, under any circumstance, disconnection of electricity from the homes of tenants.”

The legal follow-up section of the Sharjah Municipality recently sent 12,000 warning letters to tenants of Abu Shaghara area who did not attest their rental contracts at the municipality.

Abdullah Al Qassab, Head of the Section, said: “After sending the warning letters, we grant the violating tenants 15 days in order to register and get attested their contracts at the civic body and to pay any levied amount.”

“In case any violating tenant fails to pay the levied amount after the 15 days grace period granted to them, then electricity will be disconnected to their homes. Based on Dr Shaikh Sultan’s directives, landlords are banned from disconnecting electricity or any other service to the tenants, even if they want to raise the rent or get the flat vacated, whereas the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority and the Sharjah Municipality have full rights to take any legal action against any violator who has been warned reaptedly.”

“Disconnection of electricity is our last solution in case any tenant fails to get attested the contract following repeated warnings from the civic body. A majority of people living in Sharjah are getting attested their contracts on time, but a few fail to heed the repeated warnings.”

Al Qassab added: “We recently completed checking the rental contracts of the tenants living in Al Majaz and the Industrial Area, and in the future, we will check Al Buteena and Al Mareega areas.”

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