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Government of Dubai Dubai Lands Department Law No.8

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Government of Dubai

Lands Department

Draft Law No. 8 of 2007

Concerning Real Estate Development Trust

Accounts in the Emirate of Dubai

Draft Law No. 8 of 2007

concerning Real Estate Development Trust Accounts in the Emirate of Dubai

We, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai,

After perusal of Federal Law No. 5 of 1985 in respect of Civil Transactions, as

amended;

Law No. 7 of 2006 in respect of real property registration in the Emirate of Dubai; and

Law No. 3 of 2006 specifying the areas where non-UAE nationals may own real

properties in Dubai,

Do hereby issue the following Law:

Chapter One

Definitions and General Provisions

Article 1

This Law shall be named “Law No. 8 of 2007 concerning Real Estate Development

Trust Accounts in the Emirate of Dubai

Definitions

Article 2

In the application of this Law, unless the context requires otherwise, the following terms

and expressions shall have the meanings as set out opposite each of them:

The Emirate

 

 

: The Emirate of Dubai

Department

 

 

: The Land Department

President

 

 

: The President of the Department

Director

 

 

: The General Director of the Department

Register

 

 

: The Register prepared at the Department to register

developers

Trust Account

 

 

: The bank account of the real estate project in which the

amounts received from off-plan units buyers or the project

financiers will be deposited.

Trustee

 

 

: The financial institution or bank approved by the Department

to manage a trust account.

Competent Authorities

 

 

: The government authorities which grant licenses to

developers.

Developer

 

 

: A natural or corporate person licensed to buy and sell real

properties for development purposes. The term shall include

the master developer and sub-developer.

Real Estate Development

 

 

: The construction of multi-storey buildings or complexes for

residential or commercial purposes.

Unit

 

 

: An allocated part of the property sold by the developer to

third parties.

Article 3

The provisions of this Law shall apply to developers who sell off-plan units in real estate

development projects in the Emirate and, in consideration, receive payments from

buyers or financiers.

Article 4

A special register to be named “The Developers Register” shall be prepared at the

Department. The names and particulars of developers licensed to carry out real estate

development activities in the Emirate shall be recorded in the said register. No

developer may carry out the said activities unless it is registered in the said register and

licensed by the competent authorities pursuant to regulations issued in this regard.

Article 5

After obtaining a written permit from the Department, a developer may advertise in local

or foreign media or participate in local or foreign exhibitions to promote selling off-plan

units in the Emirate. The Director shall issue the resolutions as required to regulate the

requirements for advertising in the media or participating in exhibitions.

Chapter Two

Creating a Trust Account

Article 6

– A developer wishing to sell off-plan units must apply to the Department to open a

trust account. The application should be accompanied with the following:

1. Trade license and Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry membership

certificate;

2. Title deed of the plot to be developed, if any;

3. A copy of the contract between the master developer and the sub-developer;

4. Architectural designs and preliminary engineering plans approved by the

competent authorities and the master developer;

5. A financial statement of the costs, revenues and expenditure of the project

certified by a chartered auditor;

6. An undertaking by the developer to commence the project construction works

after obtaining the master developer’s approval to sell off-plan units;

7. the sale contract form between the developer and the buyer.

– The Department shall issue its approval to the developer to open a trust account if

the above documents are provided, otherwise the Department shall require the

developer in writing to complete the documents or provide the required information.

Article 7

The trust account shall be created under a written agreement between the developer

and the trustee. Under the said agreement, the amounts paid by buyers of off-plan units

or received from the financiers shall be deposited in a special account to be opened in

the name of the real estate project.

The said agreement shall set out the terms for managing the account, the rights and

obligations of the contracting parties and other terms and conditions. A copy of the

contract shall be lodged with the Department.

Article 8

The Department may add a note regarding the purchase agreement between the

master developer and the sub-developer in the record of the plot owned by the master

developer. Further, the buyer of an off-plan unit may apply to the Department to add a

note regarding the purchase agreement entered into with the sub-developer in the

record of the plot on which the project is to be constructed.

Article 9

Subject to Article 4 of Law No. 7 of 2006 concerning real property registration in the

Emirate of Dubai, sole proprietorships or companies may obtain a license from the

competent authorities to carry out real estate development in the Emirate in accordance

with the requirements and regulations in this regard.

Chapter Three

Management of the Trust Account

Article 10

1. A trust account shall be opened in the name of the project and shall be used only

for the purposes of developing the real estate project. The amounts deposited in

the said account may not be attached in favor of creditors of the developer.

2. A developer carrying out several projects should open an independent trust

account for each such project.

Article 11

The Department shall prepare a register includes names of financial institutions and

banks who act as trustees. A trustee should be proficient in managing trust accounts.

The agreement between the Department and the trustee shall set out the duties of the

trustee and the terms under which the trust account is managed.

Article 12

The trustee should provide the Department with periodical statements of the revenues

and expenditure of the trust account. The Department may assign an auditor to audit

the statement and data. Further, the Department may at any time require the trustee to

provide it with such information or data as it may deem necessary.

If the Department finds any violation of the provisions hereof or the executive

regulations issued hereunder, it shall advise the trustee of such violation in writing and

request it to rectify the same within a specific period of time and advise the Department

in writing of such rectification.

Article 13

The depositors or their representatives may inspect the accounting records related to

them and request copies thereof. Representatives of the official authorities may also

inspect the records and obtain copies thereof.

Article 14

If the developer mortgages the project in order to obtain a loan from financing

institutions or companies, the developer should deposit the mortgage amount in the

trust account, and such amount shall be disposed of in accordance with the provisions

of this law.

Article 15

1. A trustee should withhold at least 5% of the trust account deposits after the

developer obtains the completion certificate. Such withheld amounts shall be

paid to the developer only one year after the units are registered in the names of

the buyers and title deeds are issued in their names.

2. In the events of unforeseen circumstances resulting in the non-completion of the

project, the trustee should, after consultations with the Department, take

measures as required to maintain the interests of depositors.

Chapter Four

Penalties

Article 16

Any person who:

1. deliberately provides the competent authorities with inaccurate documents or

data in order to obtain a license to carry out real estate development activities;

2. knowingly offers for sale units in unreal real estate projects;

3. embezzles, illegitimately uses or spends payments made to him for real estate

development purposes;

4. an auditor who deliberately prepares false report regarding the result of auditing

the financial position of the developer, or deliberately hides material information

in such report;

5. a consultant who knowingly certifies false documents in relation to the real estate

project; or

6. a developer who deals with a broker who is not registered in the real estate

developers register in accordance with the provision of regulation 85/2006

concerning real estate brokers in the Emirate of Dubai

shall be punished by imprisonment for no less than one month and a fine, or either

punishment.

Article 17

A developer shall be de-registered in the following events:

1. if it is declared bankrupt;

2. if it fails to commence the construction works within 6 months from the date of

the approval granted to it to sell off-plan units without having an acceptable

excuse;

3. if the license granted to it by the competent authorities is cancelled;

4. if it commits a violation under Article 16.2, 3 or 4 hereof; or

5. if it commits a violation of the laws and regulations regulating the real estate

activity in the Emirate.

Chapter Five

Final Provisions

Article 18

Existing developers at the time the provisions of this Law become effective should

adjust their positions to comply with the provisions hereof within 6 months from the date

this Law is published in the Official Gazette. The Department may extend the said

period as it may deem fit.

Article 19

The Department may charge administrative fees against the services provided under

this Law.

Article 20

Any provision or procedure in any law or regulation shall be cancelled to the extent the

same is in conflict with the provisions hereof.

Article 21

The President shall issue the resolutions required to implement the provisions hereof.

Article 22

This Law shall be published in the Official Gazette and come into force from the date of

its publications.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai

Issued in Dubai on this day ____________2007

Corresponding to ______________1428 A.H.

An amended copy of the draft law, prepared on 14.03.2007

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