Dubai holiday home rental rules relaxed

George Sell By George Sell
01 May 2016 | Updated 01 May 2016

UAE: Home owners in Dubai will be able to rent their properties directly after Tourism Dubai relaxed its regulations.

Owners were obliged to rent their properties through an approved operator before the change. They can only rent full units, and not individual rooms.

Tenants who rent a property can also lease their accommodation as a holiday home with a short-term permit, if they submit a no-objection certificate from their landlord and meet Dubai Tourism's requirements.

Dubai Tourism will now also allow for online payments.

"We continue to put in place the necessary market conditions to stimulate the growth of the tourism sector in a safe, secure and controlled manner while ensuring that the high standards of quality for which Dubai is known are maintained," said Khaled Bin Touq, the executive director of tourism activities and classification sector for Dubai Tourism, in a statement.

To become a holiday home provider, the home owners need to meet quality standards, amenities, health and safety, insurance necessities, code of conduct and wider community integration standards. They would also be accountable for legislative requirements and complaint management policies, correct listing to visitors, proper maintenance of their properties, and need to provide all guest services.

Dubai Tourism will inspect the registered homes and classify them as standard or deluxe. As of February, Dubai Tourism had licensed 57 holiday home operators and 1,600 properties.

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