Residents of Dubai, especially those living in rented flats should brace up for forced inspection from the landlords and property developers.
Gulf News has published a story about a tenant in Muhaisnah, Bur Dubai area, who was fined Dhs 800 by the property developer after a company representative visited the flat and discovered that she was offering classes to more than 10 students.
Although the news was published on the pretext that residents planning to offer any commercial activities including private tuition for students in their homes should think twice as they could face a fine. However, the fine print warns us that landlords and representatives of property developers can force inspection of the properties, even if the tenants are not willing to let them in.
Officials from the housing inspection department at Dubai Municipality said it is legal for property developers to inspect people’s homes, as they are the owners of the building.
Inspectors carry out campaigns throughout the year to check for bachelors living illegally in residential areas, as well as the maintenance and structural upkeep of the building.