Dubai Registration of rental contracts with the Dubai Land Department (DLD) is a prerequisite to accessing other government services starting July 1st, according to a top property regulator. The Land Departent and its regulatory body — the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera) — has been trying to implement the system through a registration portal — Ejari.ae. Marwan Bin Galaita, CEO of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera) said: “Registration of residential and commercial lease contracts through Ejari is mandatory and failure to comply may lead to delay in government transactions. A Dh160 fee is chargeable to register a lease agreement with Ejari. The fee is payable by the tenants.” “The move will help the government to monitor the property market and offer better insights through its rental index while ensuring all tenants pay their housing fees regularly.” The Ejari registration will be mandatory to obtain utility services. If the contract is not registered, transactions could be delayed at several government departments, principally the Dubai Economic Department and the Residence and Foreign Affairs Department. Dubai tenants can register their contracts online or through 47 typing service offices . A total of 199,663 leased properties in Dubai are registered in Ejari and expecting to the number to get bigger.