Looking to Rent a Property in Dubai?

Tenants in Dubai have the right to a safe and secure living environment, as well as the right to privacy and peaceful enjoyment of their rental property. They are also entitled to receive necessary repairs and maintenance to the property in a timely manner.




Determine what you can afford and what you require.

In Dubai, you are expected to pay your rent in post-dated cheques throughout the contract length. Between 1-12 cheques are the industry practice, with usually better deals for tenants who are prepared to pay in fewer cheques. You will also require a passport copy, a resident visa copy, Emirates ID (front and back), and a cheque book to rent in Dubai.

Do not forget to budget these additional costs: - Ejari fees: (AED 220) (AED 220) - Security deposit: 5% to 10% of rent - Moving fees: depends on property and bedroom type, and vary per moving agency - Agency fee: generally from 5% to 8% of first annual rent - DEWA fees: AED 130 non-refundable connection (activation charge), together with a refundable deposit (AED 2,000 for apartment / AED 4,000 for villas). If your residency visa is not yet approved, you can approach the agent and give them a letter from your company verifying that your visa is under process. So the agent can transmit the same to the landlord.



Explore the Market for the right property.

Check internet resources and ask around with people you know. Community, property type, location, and accessibility are just some of the many factors to think about while searching for the ideal place to call home. Find a knowledgeable agent who will work with you to determine your needs, preferences, and price range before showing you suitable homes. With Allegiance, you can be sure that the landlord has been thoroughly investigated and you will have the assistance of a knowledgeable professional who can walk you through the tenancy rules and processes.

Keep in mind that not all agents perform the same functions as property managers. Landlords take charge of property management themselves for some rentals. In the event of a maintenance emergency, it is far more convenient to rent a property that is maintained by a professional Property Manager. If and when problems with maintenance do develop, you should know what to expect and how to go about getting them fixed.



Arrange Property Viewing with your Agent

Your real estate agent will act as a property consultant, identifying neighbourhoods and homes for rent that meet your financial constraints and other criteria. Make appointments to look at several possibilities until you locate what you're looking for. Avoid viewing the same property with multiple brokers as multiple brokers connect with the same landlord, it may cause a fake demand and probably push the landlord's expectations higher in terms of the rent expected. So make it a point to avoid viewing the same property with multiple brokers.



Make an Offer for the Property

Once you find the ideal residence, you will create a proposal. At this stage, your agent will support negotiations between the parties (tenant and landlord). You will make an offer on pricing, the number of cheques you will pay, the start date and duration of the contract, and the deposit amount. These are the essential prerequisites for agreement. Other conditions may include the decor, the pets, the furnishings, the yard, etc. Occasionally, a landlord will agree to cut the total rent if the number of monthly payments is less.



Check the Terms of the Lease Agreement

Once all parties are in agreement, the tenancy agreement must be drafted. Your RERA-registered agent will ensure and handle the contract's compliance with Dubai's tenancy rules in order for it to be legally binding. To reserve the property, you must provide copies of your passport and visa pages along with a 5% security deposit at this time.



Sign the Agreement

Once all parties are satisfied with the contracts, both parties must sign. At this time, you will pass over the rental cheques in accordance with the rental agreement, as well as the agency commission. After all documents have been completed and payment has been made, keys and access cards will be provided. Each party will be provided with a copy of the contract.

Always ensure that the landlord's name on the rental cheques matches the name on the property's title deed. Even if third parties possess authorization letters, do not issue them. You can also verify the legitimacy of property titles using the RERA website or the Dubai Rest app.



Register on Ejari

Registration with Ejari is mandatory, and you will need a copy of your Ejari Certificate for visa renewals, etc., during your time living and working in Dubai. The following documents are required to register for Ejari: - Original rental agreement - Title deed - Copies of both the renter and landlord's passports - A copy of an Emirates ID Remember that EJARI is required for so many other things, such as the issuing of resident visas for other family members or even a housekeeper.



Get your DEWA connections.

In order to get connected, you will be required to send the following documents to DEWA (Dubai Electricity & Water Authority). - The DEWA number, which can be located on the property's side entry. - Passport copies (tenant and landlord) - Title Deed - Form DEWA-A - Cost of setup: (AED 130) - The refundable deposit is either AED 2,000 or AED 4,000, depending on the type of property. Activation will take place during the next twenty-four hours after the completion of the registration and payment.



Ready to Move in?

There are certain developers that insist that prospective renters provide a NOC before they are allowed to move into the property. The following will allow you to accomplish this goal: - Ejari Certificate - Tenant passport and visa copies - A copy of the rental agreement - An application to move in Make sure you are aware of any restrictions in respect to the day and time before you plan a time to move in with your selected moving company. 

This will guarantee that your move goes as smoothly as possible (As an example, some buildings will not allow tenants to move in on a Friday). One last set of items to think about: - Conduct an inspection of the rental property to look for any problems, and take photographs of any problems that you find to show your landlord and/or agent that you did not cause the problems. - Address any concerns pertaining to maintenance. If the property has not been cleaned already, you should request that it be done. Keep in mind that a property must be delivered to you in a condition that allows you to live there before you move in.

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