Fine of AED 50 000 for sharing villa

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Starting August, landlords will be fined AEF 50 000 for sharing villa, whcih is violation of municipal law.

Starting August 1st, the fine of AED 50 000 previosel announced last year will be strictly imposed on the landlords of such villas, said Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Dubai Municipality. There will be no grace period or exemption.

The civic body has identified around 5 000 villas across Dubai that violate the one-villa-one-family rule, which was introduced to ensure safety and hygiene, Lootah said. Most of the villas are located in areas like Rashidiya, Abu Hail, Satwa and Karama.

Earlier, the civic body had made it clear that more than one family or bachelors could share apartments, but overcrowding and creating illegal partitions were not allowed.

Those facing problems of overcrowding in apartments were free to contact the civic body on 800900. Action would be initiated, municipal buildings inspection head Omar bin Abdul Rahman had said.

The move against families sharing villas started in May last year when the municipality asked them to move immediately. In 2007, a municipal circular aimed at removing bachelors such houses was issued.

The action led to resentment as it hit middle income groups: upon eviction, they found it difficult to find flats amid soaring rents. As a result, most either sent their families back home or moved to the Northern Emirates.

In September 2008, the municipality had asked offenders to move out of shared villas within 30 days. The fine of AED 50 000 on the landlords of such villas was also announced.

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