Abu Dhabi reintroduces 5 per cent rent cap after three years

The move aims to protect tenants from unjustified hikes

The emirate of Abu Dhabi reintroduced a 5 per cent cap on annual rent increases on Tuesday in an effort to protect tenants from unjustified hikes, after abolishing the cap three years ago.

After 18 months of relatively stable conditions, real estate prices showed signs of declining in the three months to June 30 as low oil prices slowed Abu Dhabi’s economy, consultancy JLL said in July.

“Rents are going down, so to be fair to everyone, there is a cap of 5 per cent now. This way tenants will be protected from some landlords who try to raise rents arbitrarily against the trend, an Abu Dhabi Municipality official told Reuters, declining to be named.