Dubai Municipality Starts Social Media Campaign to Evict Bachelors

Dubai Municipality Starts Social Media Campaign to Evict Bachelors

The civic body has said bachelors can have an adverse impact on residential neighbourhoods

Dubai Municipality has initiated an eviction drive through social media to drive bachelors out of family residential areas, according to a report by Emirates 24/7. Recently, it tweeted saying, “Bachelors and multi-family housing has an adverse impact on residential neighbourhoods.”

The three adverse impacts, Dubai Municipality said, would be on the region’s infrastructure (sewage networks, electricity grids, parking), the society (customs and traditions) and the life span of the houses (parallax distortion urban aesthetic).

In March 2016, Dubai Municipality said it was inspecting areas to remove bachelors from residential areas and were urging residents to notify the authority if they spot bachelors living in off-limit areas. “Please call us on 800900 to maintain safety and security,” it said.

There have been previous reports that inspections by the Municipality are random and not limited to when people complain of bachelors or families sharing homes. The fine is Dhs10 per square feet (minimum fine is Dhs1,000 and maximum of Dhs50,000) with the person who leased (owner/tenant) responsible to pay the fine. Moreover, companies are not allowed to lease properties for staff accommodation in family areas.

A municipality official had been quoted saying that last year almost 80 per cent of the villas in residential areas such as Al Beda’a, Al Jafeleya, Jumeirah 1, Al Rashidiya, etc., were being leased to bachelors or sharing families.

Even Trakhees, the regulatory authority for the freehold areas such as Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Discovery Gardens, International City, has held campaigns to stop overcrowding in apartments.

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