Abu Dhabi permits only one family per residence
Abu Dhabi, April 14, 2014
Abu Dhabi’s Municipality has warranted that only a single family can reside within each licensed residential unit in the capital, said a report.
Residents, however, find it more difficult to afford the steep rents in the emirate, attributed to the reason why many families are resorting to shared apartments, said the Gulf News report.
“With the removal of the five per cent cap last year, rents have been increasing significantly. And if the breadwinner in a family does not receive housing rent allowances from his employer, it is quite impossible to pay the rent on one’s own,” a 51-year-old administrative assistant from Bangladesh, was quoted as saying.
The father-of-three shares his family’s three-bedroom apartment with two other families.
“The rent increased by Dh10,000 ($2,721.8) over the last year alone, and we must pay Dh80,000 per annum. With children’s school fees and rising prices for essential commodities, the stipulation that only one family can be accommodated in a residential unit seems far removed from the reality on the ground,” he added.
Other Abu Dhabi expatriates said there were not enough affordable units in the city so that families could live on their own.
People should understand the health and safety risks of living in crowded neighbourhoods and building, Ahmed Fadel Al Mazroui, director of external centres at the Municipality was quoted as saying.
“Moreover, tenants should not be taken in by lessors who try to exploit them,” he added.
Al Mazroui was referring to many lessors who partition leasable units without a municipal license, and sub-lessors who rent properties out to more than one family.
The municipal regulations also ban unlicensed partitioning of leasable units including villas in a compound, villa apartments and standalones residential villas, besides occupying properties for which partial or complete demolition permits have been issued, said the report.
Owners cannot rent building on their farms to tenants, it said.
Meanwhile, it stated that bachelors and single individuals can stay in apartments or detached residential villas, with the number of occupants in each room not exceeding three members. - TradeArabia News Service