Land Dept signs deals to boost realty buyer confidence

The new agreements have been designed to regulate the relationship between the parties involved in property transactions and to avoid problems that arise from misinterpretation with documents. The contracts will become a mandatory requirement starting May 1.



By Abdul Basit (abdulbasit@khaleejtimes.com)

Published: Sun 23 Mar 2014, 10:44 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 7:16 PM

The Dubai Land Department, or DLD, on Saturday announced a new initiative in a bid to give further confidence to property buyers in booming real estate market by introducing unified real estate contracts.

The new agreements have been designed to regulate the relationship between the parties involved in property transactions and to avoid problems that arise from misinterpretation with documents. The contracts will become a mandatory requirement starting May 1.

Dubai is expected to witness significant growth in 2014 after registering a more-than-50 per cent jump in the number of transactions and their values in 2013. Dubai attracted a large number of property investors in 2013 as transactions increased by more than 52 per cent to 63,652 in contrast to 41,767 transactions in 2012, according the DLD. The value of transactions jumped by 53 per cent to Dh236 billion last year, compared to Dh154 billion in 2012.

The DLD’s unified real estate contracts protect the rights of the three parties in any real estate transaction — the buyer, the seller and the broker. The new procedure will help facilitate and accelerate the processes of buying and selling in the real estate market, especially as it allows the completion of registration procedures without the need to use an agent.

This important new document contributes to the enhancement of the competitiveness of the real estate market in Dubai and moves it to a new phase of leadership and excellence by establishing the principles of transparency and professional standards.

“After an extensive study on the services we provide to our customers that we conducted in order to improve our performance, we came out with the decision to unify the real estate contracts to properly organise the relationship between the various parties. The new agreements will also help us to rid of some of the problems that may occur because of a lack of clarity,” DLD director-general Sultan Butti bin Mejren said in a statement.

The DLD stressed that its unified real estate contracts will be used officially from the beginning of May in all transactions that relate to the buying and selling of property. The department is currently providing models of the new contracts on the Dubai smart property marketplace, E-mart.

“Having unified contracts between the parties not only avoids the misunderstanding and misinterpretation of articles that could previously have occurred, it also guarantees the rights of all the stakeholders involved,” said Bin Mejren.

The unified real estate contracts will be accessed via the Dubai government E-mart website, where it will provide customers with three models of unified contracts; a contract between seller and buyer, a contract between seller and broker and a contract between buyer and broker.

The documents can be downloaded immediately from the site and be filled with the required data for each transaction before being signed by the relevant parties. The contract becomes formal and completed after it has been recorded and documented at the DLD.


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