Ejari in Dubai: A Comprehensive Guide to Rental Property Registration

Nov 12 | 2 minutes read


Have you found the perfect rental property in Dubai? The first step is to register your Ejari, which safeguards and legalizes your relationship with the landlord. In Arabic, 'Ejari' means 'My Rent.' Read on to learn everything you need to know about Ejari registration in Dubai.


What is Ejari?

Ejari is a mandatory online registration system for all tenancy contracts in Dubai, introduced in 2007 by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA). It ensures all private rental contracts are created lawfully, organized according to a government-approved format, and that the agreed rental fee is formally recorded to avoid potential disputes between landlords and tenants. Moreover, registering Ejari is a crucial first step in setting up DEWA accounts for water and electricity.


Benefits of the Ejari System

The Ejari system promotes smooth communication between landlords and tenants. Since the rental price is documented, it prevents either party from committing fraud or tampering with documents. The system also serves as proof of a tenancy contract's legality, deters illegal housing, and fosters transparency in case of disagreements.


Who is Responsible for Ejari Registration?

Although it is primarily the landlord's responsibility to register Ejari, in practice, it is the tenant's duty or the managing agency's responsibility to complete the process.


Where Can Tenants Register for Ejari?

Tenants can register Ejari at a trustee center or through the Dubai REST (Dubai Real Estate Self Transaction) app. This digital platform manages the activities of real estate owners, tenants, and other service providers.


Ejari Registration Fees

Fees for registering through the app or the system:

  • Ejari contract registration: AED 155 (excluding VAT)
  • Knowledge fee: AED 10
  • Innovation fee: AED 10


Fees charged by Real Estate Services Trustees Centers:

  • Total: AED 219.75 (including VAT)
  • Knowledge fee: AED 10
  • Innovation fee: AED 10


Ejari Processing Time

If you apply through the website, you will receive the official Ejari contract, which includes all terms and conditions and a unique Ejari ID within one to two working days. If you apply using the Dubai REST app, the process is faster. You will then receive a text message with instructions on how to activate your DEWA connection.




Ejari registration is an essential process for tenants in Dubai to legalize their rental relationships and ensure a transparent, seamless experience. Registering for Ejari is straightforward and can be done online or in person, with fees and processing times varying depending on the method chosen.

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