UAE residents now facing up to Dh1m fine for overcrowding


The “Your house, your duty” campaign was introduced by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) on Thursday in an effort to reduce domestic overcrowding.

Violators may be penalized up to Dh1 million as part of the inspection campaigns, which will start in the first quarter of 2023. In accordance with Law No. 8 of 2019, a residential unit is judged to be overcrowded if it is occupied in a way that is excessive given its size and amenities.

The initiative, which was started in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Civil Defense Authority, aims to safeguard locals from the negative impacts of crowding in order to raise the emirate’s standard of living.

It asked everyone—citizens, landlords, and businesses—to abide by the rule by setting a cap on the number of occupants per residential unit and putting staff in separate neighborhoods from families that have been designated for them.

The inspectors from the three municipalities of the Emirate will run inspection campaigns.


In addition, the Department of Municipalities and Transport has announced a discount, under which offenders are required to pay 75% of the entire administrative punishment stipulated for the infraction if paid within 60 days after the settlement option’s date.

The perpetrator may also submit a grievance request using the Tamm platform within a week of the claimed violation thanks to a grievance procedure that DMT has implemented.

DMT added that it would make certain Humanitarian concerns are taken into account when executing the law.

It emphasized the value of residents reporting situations of overcrowding as part of their civic duty and obligation. These fundamental lease guidelines must be followed by owners, investors, and tenants, otherwise, there will be repercussions for any infringement.

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