Umm AlQuwain: New Property Laws Introduced

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Umm AlQuwain: New Property Laws Introduced

Arabian Business, 6 September 2023: Umm Al Quwain’s Ruler has introduced new property laws for the Emirate. The laws will regulate new rules on mortgages, property prices and investors’ rights, among other things. They have been issued to help develop and implement plans to drive growth in the sector and support the Emirate’s urban development plans.

Umm Al Quwain Law No. 2/2023 will allow an Interim Real Estate Register to be established and property registration activities in the Emirate to be regulated.

Umm Al Quwain Law No. 3/2023 will regulate real estate development activities in the Emirate, the pricing of all real estate projects and provide real estate escrow accounts, in line with regulations that ensure the rights of investors, real estate companies and property developers are protected.

Umm Al Quwain Law No. 4/2023 amends Umm Al Quwain Law No. 3/2007 on real estate escrow accounts in the Emirate. It sets out guidelines to help regulate real estate sales transactions better and ensure the compliance of all relevant parties with the regulation issued by the Real Estate Foundation.

Umm Al Quwain Law No. 5/2023 covers the regulation of mortgage registration activities through the Umm Al Quwain Municipality Department in line with the regulations issued by the UAE Central Bank and the settlement of issues and violations related to unregistered mortgages.

Umm Al Quwain Law No. 6/2023 relates to protecting the rights of investors where there are delays or hurdles in real estate development projects, as well as ensuring these projects are completed, when possible. It also provides for a special committee to handle issues related to cancelled and incomplete real estate projects to be established.

Finally, Umm Al Quwain Law No. 7/2023 amends Umm Al-Quwain Law No. 2/2005 on the regulation of real estate brokerage activities in the Emirate and sets out legislation and guidelines to regulate all brokerage activities.

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Tanya Jain