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Another deadline for ‘one villa, one family’ rule
Two years after the campaign was launched, Dubai Municipality is still struggling to make villa owners and tenants comply.
February 8, 2010 12:00 by Aarti Nagraj
“We face overflowing sewage, water and parking shortages and garbage collection problems in overcrowded villas because facilities in the areas have been designed according to the need of the areas,” he added.
“But let me clarify here as well that tenants and landlords cannot decide on this issue, because many landlords, especially real estate agents, are greedy and try to make more money by renting villas to a maximum number of people… Families sharing a villa have to seek permission from the municipality to know whether a villa is big enough to accommodate a certain number of people.”
Lootah’s statement led to a barrage of reports saying that the municipality had backtracked on its campaign of ‘one villa, one family’. But the body immediately retorted by saying that the comments did “not contradict any statements issued by the municipality before.”
In some areas of the city, there were several villas within a single compound that were designed and licensed by the municipality to accommodate many families, Dubai Municipality’s head of building inspection section, Omar AbdurRahman, said in a statement. “Only in such cases, we will allow more than one family,” he clarified.
By July 2009, the municipality said that it had found about 5000 villas violating the rule, and again gave a deadline of one month to all owners to comply with the rule. Lootah said that from August the AED50,000 fine would be imposed on those breaking the law, and that no further grace period would be given.
Six months later, the municipality has again given its final deadline. Will it adhere to it this time? Or will those violating the law manage to get away with it for a while longer?
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