Essential checklist for Dubai renters

Make sure you tick these boxes before you sign on the line

Brent Baldwin and Lindsey Naylor, senior associates at Hadef & Partners, reveal key points to ensure a happy move.

Be diligent before signing the tenancy contract
Check the passport and the copy/trade licence of the landlord matches the name on the title deed. Check the property details are correct, including the number of car parking spaces.
Ask to see the original title deed to show that the landlord remains the owner of the property.
Ensure the landlord has paid service charges and utilities are up to date – ask for proof of payment.
Do a search online with RERA to ensure the agency is licensed, and ask the broker to provide a copy of his RERA card.
Ensure the condition and contents of the property are as requested.
Ascertain if the landlord is signing the contract himself, or if there are any lawyers involved.
Read through the terms of the lease and any addendum carefully – try and ensure there is a clause to say the landlord will be responsible for all repairs over Dhs200 and all registration (Ejari) fees.

Ask the agent to schedule a meeting with the landlord at the property
Exchange cheques/documents/keys/access cards and meet the landlord personally if possible. Do not pay the agency commission until you are satisfied that all cards and keys have been provided.
Ensure receipted copies of cheques are provided.
Read through the contract and addendum again in case any changes have been made.

After signing the tenancy contract

Ensure you remain in contract with the agent. The tenant should receive confirmation of registration of the tenancy contract at RERA (Ejari).
Do not conduct any alterations without first obtaining the landlord’s consent, as you may lose part of your deposit.

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