Abu Dhabi and Dubai tenants struggling to pay their rent during the coronavirus pandemic are exempt from eviction after the government issued new directives to protect them.
Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Judicial Council, temporarily suspended all eviction judgements related to residential and commercial facilities in the emirate during March and April, according to a Wednesday statement from the Dubai Media Office.
The directive also stopped all “imprisonment judgements” linked to rental disputes. However, the ruling does not apply to abandoned homes.
“The generous gesture reflects the leadership’s humanitarian considerations at a time when people are facing challenges,” the Dubai Media Office added.
On Tuesday, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, ordered the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to halt all rental property eviction cases currently in process.
“The move is in line with the UAE government’s keenness to support members of society and reduce their burdens during the current situation,” said the government statement carried by state-run news agency Wam.
The UAE government is rolling out a series of measures to alleviate the financial burden on businesses and consumers as a result of the slowdown in activity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some companies in the UAE have reduced the number of days their staff work or cut salaries to help counter the effects of a halt in operations during the stay-at-home directives from the government. This can in turn affect residents’ ability to meet rental payments.