UAE legal Q&As: Is a private company asking for ID an invasion of privacy?

The property management company responsible for our compound in Abu Dhabi is asking tenants and owners to provide them with documents such as Emirates ID (or passport and residency page copies), copy of the tenancy agreement, the vehicle registration card and owner’s consent letter to be able to get an access card to open the […]

The property management company responsible for our compound in Abu Dhabi is asking tenants and owners to provide them with documents such as Emirates ID (or passport and residency page copies), copy of the tenancy agreement, the vehicle registration card and owner’s consent letter to be able to get an access card to open the new gate at the compound. I wondered, what are the laws regarding privacy and requiring to provide these sorts of documents to non-governmental agencies and private companies?

In terms of the law, asking for such documents is not a breach of privacy in any form. What is often the case in these circumstances is that the property management company has signed a contract with a security services company and it is the latter that is asking for the documentation with a view to ensuring safety and maintaining security at your compound. Providing the documents is for your own safety, despite the hassle. However, if you are unhappy with the procedure, you should talk to the property management company about alternative solutions or see if there is strength of feeling among residents about it to take a collective approach.

My former landlord filed a legal case against me and the court ordered me to pay him Dh115,000. That was last November but I haven’t been contacted by the court as yet for payment. I travel frequently and would like to know if my name has been added to the travel ban list as I do not want to find myself in an embarrassing situation.

The list of people banned is not a public document but, rest assured, it is circulated at all airports and exit points. To ensure you are not on the list, I suggest you contact the landlord to arrange payment or check with the court’s execution department to see what the status of the judgement is. You would not want to be in a position where measures have been taken against you while you are abroad as this would only complicate matters.

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