Starting with Abu Dhabi residents will have to pay a municipality fee starting January this year.
The fee will amount to 3 percent of the annual rent and is being collected starting this month by ADWEA. The charge will be applicable to tenancy contracts in the emirate including Al Ain and in the Western Region. Property owners, however, do not have to pay the fee.
The municipal fee in Abu Dhabi mirrors the 5 percent municipality charge collected in Dubai by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and the 2.5 percent fee collected in Sharjah at the time of the rental contract renewal.
In January 2016, Abu Dhabi hiked water and electricity tariffs, to encourage residents to rationalise their energy consumption. While the water tariff for expats remains unchanged at AED 5.95 for 1,000 liters, those who exceed the daily limit of 700 liters in flats and 5,000 liters in villas will be charged AED 10.55 per 1,000 liters. The figure is an increase from the AED 9.9 rate last year.
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