Dubai Land Department has announced that all owners, developers, property management companies, and tenants register co-occupant details in the owned/leased properties.
Within “ a maximum of two weeks with immediate effect,” the circular said the registration must be complete.
According to the circular, – to register their co-occupants – all owners, developers, property management companies, and tenants must follow an 8-step process, including adding personal details and the Emirates ID.
Once registered, co-occupants will automatically be updated on the tenancy contract.
The circular comes as the UAE government updates its rules to reflect the evolving needs of its massive expatriate population. The UAE is home to over 200 nationalities, and the government has been keen on attracting more foreigners to live and work there.
In 2020, the UAE relaxed family laws to allow legal cohabitation of unmarried couples or unrelated flatmates.
It was part of sweeping reforms such as changes to policies around divorce and inheritance, harassment and assault, and alcohol consumption.
Recently, the UAE government has introduced progressive visa regulations that make it easier for foreigners to obtain residence visas, formally going into effect next month.
Long-term visas are granted to investors, entrepreneurs, startup owners, exceptional talents, scientists, professionals in various fields, outstanding students and graduates, humanitarian pioneers, and frontline heroes.
The benefits of the long-term visas will extend to immediate family members. Children can be sponsored by the Golden Visa or Green Residence visa holder until 25 – an increase from the previous rule of 18 years – with no age limit for unmarried daughters. Children of determination are granted a residence permit, regardless of their age.
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