Property owners must carry out 'preventative maintenance' on their buildings
Maintain buildings or face penalties, property owners told
Municipality chiefs in Abu Dhabi are clamping down on property owners who fail to maintain their buildings.
Owners now have until the end of the year to comply with Abu Dhabi's building code on preventative maintenance or else face harsh penalties.
This type of work includes maintaining the external appearance of buildings, improving safety for residents and complying with rules on public hygiene and health.
The occupancy certificate that all owners must apply for is now linked to this preventative maintenance programme. To obtain the occupancy certificate, applicants must register in the maintenance system.
An occupancy certificate is only granted after a rigorous inspection by the municipality.
The rules apply to commercial, industrial and government facilities and if landlords fail to comply, they will not be able to register tenancy contracts.
Abu Dhabi Municipality said the move aims to increase security, improve living standards and stop the proliferation of rundown buildings.