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07 December 2023

10 Sharjah fines on your rent contract you didn’t know of

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By Parag Deulgaonkar

Though it’s mentioned in Sharjah rental contracts, residents hardly notice them.

These are the 10 fines that the municipality imposes on a resident of the emirate, who engages in distorting the city’s image by washing cars on streets, hanging clothes on their balconies, smoking shisha in parks or taking a pet for a walk in the park.

“I never knew the fines were mentioned in the rent contract. I just sign the contract and then the agent gets it attested from the authorities,” says K Nair, who has been living in Sharjah for the past five years.

In the last week of January, the municipality launched a campaign, warning residents to park their vehicles properly and not to occupy more than one parking slot. The fine was set at Dh500 plus the cost of repair of the compounds.

Here are the 10 fines:

#1 Washing cars on public streets is an uncivilised act and can result in a fine of Dh500

#2 Keep your city clean to avoid a fine of Dh1,000

#3 Hanging clothes on balconies distorts public appearance of the city and attracts a fine of Dh500

#4 Throwing bottle cups, cigarette butts or tissues from cars to the streets leads to a fine of Dh500

#5 Playing football or cricket at undesignated areas such as green spaces results in a fine of Dh500

#6 Grill on grass or green areas attracts fine of Dh500

#7 Smoking shisha in public parks and beaches attracts fine of Dh500

#8 Causing intentional damage to municipal properties on streets and public squares leads to a fine of Dh2,000

#9 Damaging plants or grass in public parks attracts a fine of Dh500

#10 Accompanying pets to the public parks results in a fine of Dh500