Municipality fees in Abu Dhabi will rise to up to 7.5 per cent in the case of residential villas, according to the website of the emirate’s utility the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), which is responsible for collecting the charge.
The fee, which follows the introduction of a 3 per cent charge to the value of an annual rental contract for tenants in Abu Dhabi last year, is detailed on ADDC’s website as being 5 per cent for “all premises” other than residential villas, which are subject to a 7.5 per cent charge.
As previously reported by The National, the law related to changes in the fees is already in effect. The fee will be applied to bills as of May 17, 2018, almost one month before the details were announced.
The indicated level of increase more than doubles the fee for residential villas – meaning tenants paying Dh200,000 for an annual rental contract for a villa will now pay Dh1,250 a month, as opposed to Dh500 a month previously.
Emiratis, homeowners and government employees whose rent is paid by the department or agency for which they work are exempt.