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How is a residential building defined under the UAE VAT?

Buildings that are meant to be used wholly or partly as a place of residence are considered residential buildings. A building is not residential if it falls under any of the following categories:

  • Any movable place or building that is not fixed to the ground and can be moved without any damage.
  • Any building that is used as a hotel, hostel, hospital, motel, or bed and breakfast. 
  • Buildings that are unauthorized, constructed illegally, or constructed without proper permission. 
  • Apartments where services are provided along with accommodation.
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