The Dubai Land Department (DLD) has updated its rules regarding online property listings, according to marketplace horizontal Dubizzle.

All listings must now carry a valid permit number from the DLD, and realtors must ensure that a listing’s details are completely correct. A listing will not be considered legitimate unless these criteria are met.

The DLD has recently been cracking down on listings that are inaccurate, fake or duplicate. Earlier this year, it set a deadline for realtors to remove fake listings from their websites and subsequently began to issue fines for such listings. To date, at least 30 companies have each been fined AED50,000 ($13,615 U.S.) for breaking this rule.

It also mandated that every listing must have a Trakheesi QR code, which customers can scan to validate the authenticity of the listing.

The Trakheesi system aims to regulate and streamline real estate procedures by enabling realtors to complete transactions through the DLD’s website, without the need to visit its offices.

Dubizzle, alongside rivals Bayut and Property Finder, recently agreed to collaborate with the DLD to provide training and support for Emirati real estate professionals in exchange for access to data from the regulator. 

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