Moving to Dubai: top tips for tenants

Renting in Dubai? Check out these 11 top tips

Moving to Dubai: top tips for tenants

If you're renting in Dubai, there are a lot of things to be aware of. Where's the best area? What is an ejari? What are my rights? Worry no more, here are out top tips for renting in Dubai here.

1. When looking for properties in Dubai, ensure that your agent is RERA registered. They should be able to provide you with their broker number and you should be able to check them out on www.dubailand.gov.ae/english/pages/brokers.aspx.

2. When writing rent cheques, ensure that you address them directly to the landlord. Before handing over cheques ask for a copy of your landlord’s passport and the title deeds. This is not uncommon.

3. Ask your Dubai real estate broker to check that all service charges have been paid by the landlord and if possible get it in writing, too. If not, this can cause issues further down the line.

4. Ask your real estate broker to check that there are no outstanding bills for DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) or the air-conditioning. If there are they will need to be paid before you can set up an account. If there are maintenance issues that need to be resolved before you move in, ensure that they are taken care of prior to signing. It is a lot easier to have repairs made before you sign the contract and move in.

5. Make sure you are aware of how many car parking spaces you have and where they are in the car park. It is not uncommon in Dubai for there to be only one to share between a husband and wife. Also find out if there is provision for visitor parking.

6. Make sure you know how to access all parts of the building. Often security swipe cards and/or remote controls are needed as well as door keys.
If the property is not clean before you move in ask for it to be cleaned in advance of your doing so. A property should be handed over in a habitable condition and that includes a good clean.

7. Take photos of any issues you find with the apartment and let your real estate agent and landlord know as soon as possible. This will avoid issues when you try and prove they existed before you moved in.

8. Once you have your tenancy contract, sign up for Ejari documentation. Essentially this is registering your rental contract with the Dubai government. This is a legal requirement. For more information on how to register your ejari click here. Register at www.ejari.ae.

9. Double check all the terms and conditions, notice periods, early termination of a contract, penalties etc. and make sure all eventualities are mentioned.

10. Get insurance. It is important to insure the full value of your belongings. Tenants and occupiers may tend to think that their belongings aren’t worth much – but just imagine the cost of replacing every single item of clothing that you and your family own.

11. Always do everything in writing, especially when negotiating terms. Make sure you read the rental agreement and know your rights as a tenant in Dubai.

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