If you have leased an apartment in any of the affordable communities, such as International City or Discovery Gardens, or even in upscale development like Palm Jumeirah, be careful that you are not breaching the occupancy limit regulation. The fine for this can be as much as Dh50,000.
In a statement sent to 'Emirates24|7', Trakhees, the organisational arm of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), said, “The maximum allowable occupancy limit for apartments under its authority is one person per 200 square feet from the total property area.”
The authority, which manages controls, regulates and enforces rules and regulations related to environment, health and safety for Nakheel, Limitless, DP World, Jafza among others, said it conducts random and routine inspection for the area under its authority, with necessary action taken against those found to be violating the rules.
“These areas have been established for residential purpose and not for labour accommodation. We are working to make sure that it is used for the purpose, which it is established for.”
Violators could face a minimum fine of Dh1,000 or a maximum of Dh50,000.
“The amount usually depends on the property area and hence, it is not similar in all cases. Penalty amounts are calculated at Dh108 per square metre.”
Trakhees says it has been informing residents not to flout the occupancy regulation through public awareness campaigns.
“We have fixed warning posters on all the buildings under our authority which is an official notice for the property owners and tenants. So, immediate fines will be issued for those found to be exceeding the limit.”
Residents or users of the communities can register their complaints against any property which they may find to exceed occupancy limits through the following channels: calling 04-4485900, sending an email firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting Trakhees office located in Dragon Mart, First Floor, Community Conformance Division.