REALWorld Law

Commercial leases

Changes in rent

If the rent is to be changed or increased how will the new rent be determined?

United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi

Rents and rental increases can be mutually agreed between the parties.

In 2006, Abu Dhabi law imposed an annual cap on rent increases to protect tenants against increases in rent. Such rent cap was, however, abolished by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council with effect from 22 November 2013. 

Three years later, Abu Dhabi Executive Council Resolution No. 14 of 2016 on Lease Agreements of Premises re-introduced the 5% annual cap on rent increases, with effect from 13 December 2016.