Abu Dhabi cracks down on illegal homes in Baniyas
Illegal accommodation is a "real risk" that Abu Dhabi City Municipality's latest campaign aims to address, the authority revealed
Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) announced it has implemented a campaign to crack down on illegal accommodation in the UAE capital's Baniyas neighbourhood.
More than 40 offenders were recorded by the ADM team, of which 30 offenses were recorded in Baniyas East 9, and 10 in Baniyas East 10.
In a press statement, ADM said the programme is part of its effort to improve living standards and reduce congested occupancy in the emirate.
Illegal accommodation is "a huge burden, and a real risk" to the community, ADM added.
Municipal inspectors carry out field visits to residential buildings and deliver education about the negative impacted of congested accommodation to building owners and guards.
Fines for violators of Law No (1) of 2011, governing the occupancy of residential units in Abu Dhabi, range from $2,722 to $27,225 (AED10,000 to AED100,000).
Repeat offenders may be fined a minimum of $27,225, and not more than $54,451 (AED200,000).
In each case, a ruling court may remove the offender and evict violators at their expense.