Article 20(3) of the 2006 Tenancy Law States that “In the event that either party does not wish to renew the lease, or wishes to amend the conditions of the lease, that party shall notify the other party in writing two months prior to the date of the lease’s expiry, for residential property”. The notice period for commercial is two months.

So, it should be noted that leases in Abu Dhabi are automatically renewing. Quite an unusual feature. If they aren’t cancelled or amended, they automatically roll over for another year on the same terms.

So, it is extremely important you don’t miss the two-month deadline to give this “written” notice, if you want to terminate the lease or ask for a rent increase.

If you want to terminate or raise the rent but miss this deadline then even if you’re still within the original lease this won’t be effective to do either. You will be stuck with the tenant on the same terms as before.

A written notice can be by email or WhatsApp but better to send an email to the address on the Tawtheeq and any other address you know for the tenant. If you are asking for a rent increase the notice should state that you reserve your right to terminate the agreement if your request is rejected. Negotiations may drag on and you don’t want the tenant saying you missed the deadline to terminate due to the dispute over the rent reduction.

If you are looking for a new tenant please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 800 CPEA(2732)/971 2 441 7780 or email us at enquiries@cpestateagents.com.

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