Everything you need to know about renting a property in Dubai

The real estate market in Dubai is an ever growing one, renowned for its luxury residences, new developments and modern business centers. Even though the market is always growing and developing renting a property in Dubai is a well-established practice. There might be some unique steps to Dubai market that you need to keep in mind, but everything is as organized and smooth as it can be. Here is all the information you need to know for renting a property in Dubai.

Familiarize yourself with those names

While house hunting, and also while going through the legal steps to rent a property in Dubai you are going to hear some very important names, here are those names and what they stand for. The Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) is the Government department that monitors and regulates the ownership and rental of property in Dubai. Since this department was established it has provided much better conditions for tenants. So make sure the broker you are dealing with is registered.

Ejari is the registration system instigated by RERA. All lease contracts in Dubai should be registered with Ejari. You have to register your contract with Ejari to make it legal. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA is a state-run company that regulates the use of electricity and water. You have to set up a DEWA account when you rent a property in Dubai. This will require a refundable deposit of 2000 AED for apartments and 4000 AED for villas.

Learn the payment details

Rent in Dubai is yearly not monthly, usually in the form of signed, post-dated checks, which means signing checks for the total of the year’s rent when you sign the lease. In addition to that, landlords ask for a security deposit to cover any damage. Often times a portion of this deposit is used for repainting the property when you leave. However, this should be specified in the lease.

Remember that registered real estate agents should not charge you money to show you around properties. Their fee is only charged after they have rented the property and everyone signed the lease; it is usually 5% of the total lease amount. Only write the checks to the owner of the property, check the deed before you sign. If someone tells you they have power of attorney ask to see papers that prove it.

Read the small print

It is legal in Dubai for landlords to add their own clauses in the contract as long as those clauses do not break the law. However, one of them might not suit you! So, it is always better to read the lease carefully before you sign. Additionally, make sure that there are no service fees outstanding before you sign the lease. Or, if there are, ensure that the landlord pays these fees before you set up your account.

Know your rights

There is a rent cap law in Dubai; this means that the landlord cannot increase the rent however they choose. Increase in rent must follow the Rent Index set by RERA. Dubai Government has developed a rent increase calculator online; it gives both landlords and renters a guideline for the coming year. This might be a good place to look if you are worried about your rental situation in the coming year. Plus, all landlords are required by the law to give tenants a written notice of any rent increase 90 days before the expiry of the contract.

A landlord is also required by the law to give tenants a year’s notice before eviction. And that can only happen if the property is to be sold, or if the landlord needs to occupy it personally, or a family member needs to occupy it. And remember as well that the landlord is required to hand the property over to the tenant in working order. This means, the AC, the water pipes, the electricity lines and the overall look of the property must be in order.

Ask how many car parking spaces you have, oftentimes apartments are only allowed one parking space in the building, this might be an issue if your family has more than one car, so check how this can be resolved.

Include the maintenance agreement in the lease

First, if there are any maintenance issues that need to be resolved or anything that needs fixing in the property ensure that they this is taken care of before you move in. Any maintenance issues that arise after you move into the property are another matter though. Who is responsible for fixing them should be stated clearly in the lease if you or your landlord.

Usually, the landlord is responsible for the big repairs while the tenant is responsible for smaller one, make sure though that the contract states the limit clearly.


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