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Can I get a UAE tenancy contract if I stay in a hotel apartment?

Ashish Mehta/Dubai
Filed on March 7, 2021
(Wam file photo used for illustrative purposes)

How to submit documentary proof of residence to your employer.

Question: I am working in a semi-government company in Abu Dhabi. I reside in a hotel apartment, for which I pay rent on a monthly basis. My employer has never asked for a tenancy contract and I was receiving my housing allowance in full. But now my employer wants me to submit a tenancy contract as proof of residence in Abu Dhabi. What can I do?

Pursuant to your queries, you may approach the administration department of the hotel apartment where you are residing and request them to provide you with a confirmation letter or a contract. The document must say that you are residing in the said hotel apartment on a monthly rental contract basis.


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It is recommended that you request the hotel apartment to mention in the confirmation letter or the contract, the period (start date) since when you have been residing in the hotel apartment. Thereafter, you may submit this confirmation letter or contract issued by the hotel apartment to your employer along with the copy of receipts for payment of monthly rent.

Ashish Mehta is the founder and Managing Partner of Ashish Mehta & Associates. He is qualified to practise law in Dubai, the United Kingdom and India. Full details of his firm on: Readers may e-mail their questions to: or send them to Legal View, Khaleej Times, PO Box 11243, Dubai.

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