June 24, 2024

Off-Plan Property Delays in UAE: Know Your Legal Rights as a Buyer

Investing in off-plan properties in the UAE can be exciting but comes with risks. One significant concern is project delays. Here’s what you need to know about your legal rights if you face such delays.

Understanding Your Rights

When buying an off-plan property, the purchase agreement is your primary protection. It outlines the developer’s obligations and your rights as a buyer. Make sure you thoroughly understand this document before signing.

Common Causes of Delays

Delays can occur due to various reasons, such as:

  • Financial issues with the developer
  • Regulatory changes
  • Construction challenges

Legal Protections for Buyers

The UAE has laws to protect buyers. If your project is delayed, you have certain rights:

  1. Compensation: You may be entitled to compensation for delays.
  2. Termination: If delays exceed a specific period, you might have the right to terminate the contract and get a refund.
  3. RERA Complaints: The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) allows you to file complaints against developers for delays.

Steps to Take in Case of Delays

  1. Review the Contract: Check the terms related to delays and compensation.
  2. Communicate with the Developer: Maintain open communication and get updates on the project’s status.
  3. Seek Legal Advice: Consult a lawyer specializing in UAE property law to understand your options.

Projects by ANAX Developments:

Vento Tower by ANAX Developments is an off-plan project in Business Bay, Dubai, featuring studios and 1 BHK apartments with handover in Q4 2025. ANAX Developments is committed to delivering projects on time.


Knowing your rights is crucial when investing in off-plan properties. Stay informed, communicate with your developer, and seek legal advice if needed. This ensures your investment is protected and helps you navigate any challenges effectively.

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