Dewa’s final bill saves a tenant from paying 80,000 dirhams –...

Dewa’s final bill saves a tenant from paying 80,000 dirhams –...
Dewa’s final bill saves a tenant from paying 80,000 dirhams –...

An appeal ruling issued by the Rental Disputes Settlement Center, the judicial arm of the Land Department, supported a tenant’s request to reject a lawsuit filed against him by a real estate owner, demanding that he

With 80 thousand dirhams in rental arrears, claiming that he did not pay the rental value for a period of more than six months, but the tenant proved that he vacated the rent before the period in which the owner demands it, through a final electricity and water bill issued by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

The case, the details of which were reviewed by “Emirates Today”, goes back to a plaintiff (a real estate owner) demanding a tenant of 80 thousand dirhams in rent arrears for a period of more than six months, as the committee decided, in the first degree of litigation (the first instance), to compel the tenant to pay the rent arrears, Especially since the defendant (the tenant) did not contest or pay what the plaintiff (the owner) claims, in the first instance of litigation, and he did not submit any evidence of his payment of the delayed rents appropriated by him.

The ruling was changed in the appeal after the tenant filed an appeal, in which he proved that he vacated the rent (the housing unit), through the papers he submitted to the Judicial Committee, which considered the case in the degree of appeal, as the tenant said during the hearing that he vacated the rent on 31 / 12/2019 based on an agreement with (the owner).

On the other hand, the owner said that the tenant did not obtain the final bill for electricity until the year 2020, but the tenant requested a permit for him to address the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority to indicate the date of issuance of the final invoice, and the committee authorized him, and a letter from the authority was received stating that the final bill was issued on / 31 12/2019, which supported the position of the legal tenant, and his obtaining the ruling to cancel the first-degree judgment requiring payment of 80,000 dirhams, and his innocence of late payment of the rental value, and the court obligated (the owner) to pay the case expenses.

The center called for the need to know the procedures for evacuating the rental property by the parties to the rental relationship, stressing the importance of increasing the level of awareness of legal culture, and the papers required for a legally sound eviction process.

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