The administration of UAE is undertaking brisk activities to make consoling
commotions for helping may organizations registered within the UAE. Several
free-zone authorities are issuing significant relief packages for companies
registered within, such as relaxation in rental amount or postponement of rent
for half a year.
The Supporting Law
The important question in this discussion is not whether the landlord will
decrease or postpone the rental payments, however, the major concern if whether
the tenant can claim reduction or postponement of rent under the UAE law due to
the pandemic situation.
UAE Federal Law number 5 of 1985 regarding UAE Civil Transactions Law (the Civil
Law) is the most pertinent piece of legislation that can assist the tenant in
claiming relief under the situation of coronavirus. Importantly, Article 249 of
the Civil law states that in cases of exceptional circumstances that could not
have been foreseen or is considered as a force majeure event as a result of
which it prevents either party to perform its contractual obligations, the judge
has the authority or discretionary power to reduce the obligation to a
In line with the foregoing provision and under Article 273 of the Civil Law,
which states if a force majeure event persists thereby making a contract
impossible to execute either partially or completely, all contractual
obligations will cease to effect or the contract will be terminated. In such
event, the tenant may approach the court authorities for seeking relief under
rental contracts. Additionally, if the lease agreement is terminated under
Article 273, the court may order to restore both the parties position as what it
was prior to the agreement and/or may order for compensation to either party if
it may deem relevant.
Nevertheless, the court is yet to decide whether the situation of coronavirus is
to be considered as a force majeure event, as the law does not classify the type
of force majeure events.
In light of present circumstances, Abu Dhabi government on 23 March 2020 issued
an order for Abu Dhabi judicial Department to temporarily suspend all the
eviction cases during the pandemic situation.
In this regards, if your tenancy contract is about to expire or is expired you
may send the written request to your landlord seeking for extension of another 3
months on the basis of existing terms and conditions due to coronavirus
Nevertheless, if the landlord still insists you on vacating the premises, you
may approach either seek legal advice from Top Lawyers in Abu Dhabi or may
approach the Rental Dispute Committee and register a complaint against the
landlord. Similarly, the Ruler of Dubai has temporarily suspended all eviction
orders for residential and commercial facilities and all imprisonment orders
related to rental dispute within the Emirate.