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Dubai: 10-year-old buildings face demolition; over 400 homeowners uncertain about future – News

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A panel of experts has found structural defects, severe corrosion that “require direct and prompt intervention”.



Mayaza’s building at Kew Point in Riwan. Photo: Mazhar Farooqui

Release: Monday, July 4, 2022 6:35 pm

Last updated: Monday, July 4, 2022 10:52 pm

More than 400 homeowners of 10-year-old Mayaza 3 and Maya 4 homes in Kew Point, Riwan are said to live in their apartments at their own risk.

Residents of Dubai buildings were informed about this through an email notification last month after an expert committee discovered that their building suffered from many serious problems, including structural damage and corrosion. ..

Following the findings, the sale of the apartment, the issuance of a new lease and the registration of the lease (Ejari) were suspended in the building until further notice.

The Kaizen Owners Association Management Service, which manages the property, said government officials were involved after residents complained about floor erosion, leaks and cracks.

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Photo: Attached

Then, in November last year, a committee was set up by the Dubai Land Authority (DLD) and developer Almazaya Real Estate to evaluate the building, identify the cause of the damage and propose a solution.

The Commission submitted a report on March 31, 2022, and the findings reveal some flaws in the 14-story building, from severe corrosion to concrete destruction.

The Commission also conducted a series of “non-destructive inspections” to reach the root of the problem. In particular, testing has confirmed that corrosion of slab reinforcements is due to “high concentrations of chloride, several times the limit” of concrete slabs.

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Photo: Attached

According to an email sent from Kaizen to the residents on June 9, there is a problem with the strength of the structure of the building. “The degree of structural damage to the floor reinforcement slabs varies from building to building, and depending on the situation, urgent solutions are needed to address each case,” said the property management company.

The e-mail stated that “the condition of the building requires direct and prompt intervention” to “prevent all dangers that could affect the safety of the occupants”.

Photo: Mazhar Farooqui

Photo: Mazhar Farooqui

The decision to renovate or demolish the building will be made within three months, and those who stay in the building until then will be at their own risk.

Kaizen said he regrets the situation but has no control over it, adding that he “has no responsibility other than notifying you.” [residents] Of the instructions of the government authorities. “

Email has come as a saying bolt for homeowners. Many of them are still paying mortgages for their apartments delivered between 2014 and 2015.

Photo: Mazhar Farooqui

Photo: Mazhar Farooqui

“What do I do, where will I go if they decide to demolish it?” When the project was announced in 2008, the Mayaza 3 three-bedroom unit at 1.3 million Dh. I asked the Indian expatriate who purchased it.

Pakistani banker Mohammad Ayub, who bought a two-bedroom apartment in October 2021, said he was looking at an uncertain future.

“In addition to the money I paid for my house, I spent about 60,000 dirhams on the renovation,” he showed me around the remodeled kitchen and bathroom.

Ayubu said he was worried about living in a “dangerous” building with his family, but couldn’t leave the house because he had nowhere to go.

“One month after moving in, I was told that the underground parking lot was unsafe and unusable. Since then, all of us have parked our cars on the road and are often fined.”

Photo: Mazhar Farooqui

Photo: Mazhar Farooqui

He said the developer, Armazaya Real Estate, has not yet told them what would happen if they were ordered to vacate the building at the end of the September notice period.

Al Mazaya Real Estate did not answer emails or phone calls by Khaleej Times, despite reminders.

The Dubai Land Authority (DLD) has told Khaleej Times that it will make a final decision on this issue by August 1.

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A spokesperson for the agency said he was in constant contact with the developers and formed a team with professional engineers and the Dubai Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA).

Meanwhile, the Association of Owners was instructed to perform the necessary maintenance work on the apartment, DLD said.

The Kaizen Owners Association Management Service (LLC) refused to share the details of the case, but emphasized the homeowner’s problem and warned the competent authorities that it had performed its duties in accordance with the requirements of the law. Repeated.

“We would like to emphasize that we are committed to helping all highly specialized owners on this issue, in line with the instructions of the authorities,” Kaizen said in an email statement.

What does the law say?

Dubai’s co-owned real estate law sets clear markers of the rights of real estate owners and the rights of developers and real estate management companies.

Section (6) (40) of the 2019 Law on Ownership of Freely Owned Properties in Dubai provides that “Developer’s responsibility to repair or fix defects in structural parts of the property will continue for 10 years.”

This obligation on the part of the developer begins on the day of obtaining the certificate of completion of the project. The developer is also responsible for repairing or replacing defective equipment in the property for one year from the date of delivery of the unit to the owner.

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