how to cancel the ejari after rental period

What is an ejari?

Ejari is driven by the Arabic word “rent”, as this system aims to make the ejari registration process easier for those aiming to rent a property. It provides a legal framework for both tenants and landlords as it ensures that both rights and duties are clearly stated and protected. It is not only important to register for Ejari but also mandatory. However, some tenants might need to cancel their contracts for an array of reasons. In such cases, you need to follow certain steps to end the procedure easily and efficiently. If would like to know more about these steps, keep on reading our article.

Understanding the basics of ejari contract.

Probably the first question that could possibly pop up into a person’s mind is when to cancel an Ejari contract. Well, there are two possible scenarios. The first thing that you ought to remember is that the Ejari contract needs an annual renewal. Nevertheless, it is not cancelled automatically! For the previously stated reason, you need to cancel your Ejari contract if you, as a tenant, wish to move out and settle in a new property, or if you, as a landlord, would like to rent out your property to a different tenant.

In brief, you need to bear in mind that there should be one Ejari contract for the property! Cancelling the Ejari is not simply to return the key to the landlord or to get the key from the tenant. It is a longer procedure that involves a series of legal steps that need to be adhered to, the first one of which is to collect the required documents.

Required documents to cancel the ejari.

The first thing that you need to work on to cancel your Ejari contract is to make sure that you have all the documents needed ready. Depending on the way you are cancelling your Ejari, the documents required for cancellation can differ a bit.

In general, you will need the following documents:

  1. First, you will need your original Ejari certificate, as this serves as evidence that your rental agreement has been filed with Ejari.
  2. You are also asked to get your tenancy agreement signed by both you and your landlord.
  3. You need to prepare a copy of your passport and visa, and a copy of both parties’ Emirates ID.
  4. You will require a statement from your landlord confirming that they are not opposed to the cancellation of Ejari. This letter is referred to as NOC or no objection notification.
  5. To prove that you have made all necessary payments, you must have a DEWA clearance certificate. This is the most important document in the whole process as the process of cancellation remains incomplete if you have any standing bills.
  6. If you prefer to cancel your Ejari via the app, you will need a copy of the unified tenancy certificate.

Once you have prepared all those documents, you can notify your landlord and/or real estate agent that you need to cancel your Ejari contract.

Notifying your landlord and/or real estate agent.

It is best if your cancellation does not come as surprising for your landlord and agent. In order to cancel and stay on good terms, inform both earlier. Here are some other things that you might take into consideration:

  1. Make sure that the apartment is in good condition. Do any repairs needed?
  2. Suggest a replacement if you have any.
  3. Explain your reasons before you start working on the Ejari as you might have a different agreement to proceed with.

Submitting your cancellation request to ejari.

Now you are almost all set to cancel the contract by either visiting the agent’s centre or logging on to the app. Depending on the technique you use, Ejari has different cancellation fees. It costs nothing to cancel via the app. However, it will cost you AED 40 to terminate it through Real Estate Services Trustees Centers (excluding VAT).

Are you planning to cancel your Ejari contract soon? Have you tried cancelling before? Are there any tips that you would like to give to others regarding this process? Share your comments and experience in the comment section below. As is always the case, we cannot wait to hear from you all!