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Property Title Deed in Dubai

Any real estate owner in Dubai has a document confirming your ownership rights – a real estate ownership certificate (a title deed in Dubai). The document has a unique number, and it is issued if you fully own the property. If you, for example, have a mortgage, until the loan is fully repaid, the title deed is in the bank, and the property owner has a copy of it with the bank's mark on the mortgage. Such a copy is required in order to register your DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority), so that the owner can rent out this property, and to register EJARI and sign contracts with telecommunications operators. In fact, you have all the rights of the owner except the ability to sell the object without the consent of your bank.

The real estate ownership registration certificate contains the owner's name and all the basic data on the object: address, size, number of parking spaces assigned to the object. This certificate has a general form for both apartments and private houses and commercial areas.

One can check the digital version of the title deed from the Dubai Land Department Registry online in the REST application (a specialized application of Dubai Land Department). The document obtained in this way always contains the current property state at the time of the request, regardless of how long you own this object (one day, or one year). To download a digital version of a title deed for verification, do the following:

  • Enter the Dubai Rest application;
  • Open the My Property Wallet menu;
  • Select a property (up-to-date information about it is displayed in this menu);
  • Click the button with a purple circle and 3 vertical dots;
  • Select the required document in the drop-down list.

How to check the authenticity of a title deed

Real estate in the UAE is one of the best investment options as it is a stable and predictable source of income, but in order for a transaction to be successful, you need to make sure that everything is legal when it comes to paperwork. So verification of the title deed in Dubai is a crucial issue. You must make sure the document is up-to-date and authentic. Both a buyer and a tenant must check the authenticity of the document confirming ownership and be able to recognize signs of fraud before the transaction.

To do this, Dubai Lands Department provides all information in a user-friendly form with the possibility of quick access. You can check the authenticity of the document confirming the ownership with a single click.

How to check the authenticity of the ownership certificate:

  1. First, you need to install the Dubai Rest application in Google Play Market, or Apple Store, or alternatively, you can download it from the official DLD website: www.dubailand.gov.ae.
  2. Then you can check the document using the Check Ownership Document option.
  3. You will be able to check the following information:
    • Number of ownership certificate;
    • Contract number and the date of sales contract execution;
    • Property type: land, apartment or villa;
    • Owner's name.
  4. After that, click the Verify tab to see the status of the title document (status valid, pledged, limited title, blocked or invalid certificate).

If you have lost your title deed, it is not a problem. In case of loss, just contact the Dubai Land Department Registry and get a duplicate.

There is an important addition – if the property you are purchasing is under construction, you do not receive a certificate in a standard form. Instead, you receive a contract with the developer and an extract from the registry on the preliminary registration of your property rights in the Oqood system from the land registry.

If you have any questions related to the title deed or the execution of a contract for the purchase/sale or lease of real estate, feel free to contact us. Our experts will help you resolve any issue as soon as possible.

The example of real estate title deed in Dubai

title deed example

Source: https://dubailand.gov.ae/assets/img/Certificate_details.jpg

The online version of a real estate title deed in Dubai looks much the same as on paper.