New Law for Residents of Dubai requires cohabitants to be registered.


The Dubai Land Department (DLD) has released more information regarding a new regulation requiring residents to register all cohabitants in residential units. The authorities stated that registration is required for any co-occupants residing in a unit for a month or more.

They consist of the tenant’s family and household staff. The main tenant, whose name the tenancy contract is registered with, must add the information of others staying with him for those residing in shared housing.

The details of cohabitants, including residence, Emirates ID or passport number, and date of birth, must be registered by residents by Friday, October 7. According to The National, the Ejari tenancy contract will encompass all roommates and family members, after the procedure is through.

The registration must have the following information:

  • Name of the co-occupant 
  • Emirates ID 
  • Passport number (in case the co-occupant does not have an Emirates ID).
  • The registration may be used by co-occupants as proof of residency, but it cannot be used in place of a rental agreement for purposes of government transactions. Co-occupant registration is required, but not all of their names must be listed in the tenancy agreement, according to the DLD.

Registration process for co-occupants

The procedure of registering a cohabiting couple in Dubai is as follows:

  • Launch the Dubai REST App and sign up or log in.
  • For rapid access, select “Individual” as your role and log in using UAE PASS.
  • Identify yourself by using the UAE PASS Application
  • Choose the property where you are a tenant from the Dashboard.
  • To continue, select Manage co-occupants.
  • To add co-occupants to the property where you are a tenant, choose “Add More.”
  • Enter the Emirates ID and date of birth, then click “verify.”
  • Include every family member residing on the property. Select the delete icon and then submit to remove a co-occupant.

The Dubai REST app must be used for registration. Residents can log in with the UAE Pass. Every year, a rent agreement is signed by tenants and property owners. The contract contains a list of the property’s rules and regulations. Everyone in the family or any co-occupants of the unit must go through the process. The co-occupants have the option to withdraw the registration by clicking the “delete” icon. 

Who is the rule intended for?

All owners, developers, property management firms, and tenants are subject to the rules.

How do residents enter information about co-occupants?

  • Co-occupants can be registered by residents via the Dubai REST app.
  • Is there a fine if I don’t submit my application by the two-week deadline?
  • Details of possible sanctions for missing the two-week deadline to register co-occupants have not been disclosed by DLD.

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