The first thing to review is your budget. In Dubai, the standard is to pay the full year of rent in one check in advance. Sometimes landlords will accept two to four checks but the average standard is one check. You must also consider the following costs when renting in Dubai:
Once you have calculated your budget, you can choose your area accordingly. You want to find an area which is convenient for you and your commuting time to work and/or school. In Dubai, traffic can be quite hectic; therefore you want to find a home which is close to your everyday commute or easily accessible to public transportation. We also highly suggest that you drive around the various areas that you are considering during peak traffic times to get an idea on how your commute will be like. You also may want to consider the following:
Once you have pinpointed an area and property type, you can start your home search. When searching for properties, you want your home search to be pleasant, professional and efficient therefore finding a reputable Real Estate Company and Real Estate Agent is very important. Make sure the Real Estate Company is registered with the Dubai Land Department and has a valid ORN#. Also, make sure the agent you work with has a valid RERA# and works for a Real Estate Company who has a valid ORN#.
In order to rent a property in Dubai, you must have the following:
Once you have found the home you would like to rent, make sure to do a proper and thorough inspection inside and outside, preferably with your agent and the landlord and/or their agent/representative. Document in writing and with photos any repairs, cleaning, painting, etc. you would like done prior to your move in.
Ask for proof showing that service charges and utilities are up to date.
Always negotiate a maintenance contract with your landlord. Ask the landlord to provide a yearly maintenance contract so that you can easily address any maintenance issues. This also ensures the landlord that their property will be properly maintained. Also, negotiate with the landlord that any repair over a certain amount will be his responsibility.
Make sure that all terms which have been agreed upon are clearly indicated within the addendum attached to the tenancy agreement.
Once you have made your final decision on a property, you have to negotiate the rental price and terms. Your Real Estate Agent will gather all of the documents to proceed with the Tenancy Agreement. There is only one official, standard tenancy agreement by Ejari. In addition to the tenancy agreement, most parties choose to have additional terms listed within an addendum which is attached to the tenancy agreement. Here are a few key things to remember when going through the paperwork:
Once you hand over the tenancy agreement and checks, you will be given the keys to your rental. Prior to moving, make sure that you have checked with the building, neighborhood, association, etc. what the moving policy is. Some have restricted days and times for moving and some require a special permit. Your real estate agent should be able to assist you with gathering this information.
Before moving in, you will need to connect water and electricity with DEWA. You will need to do the following steps:
Depending on where you live, you will either have DU or Etisalat for phone, internet and TV. To connect either, you just need to visit one of their shops with the following:
Last but not least, you must register your tenancy agreement with EJARI. EJARI is an initiative of RERA to regulate and facilitate the Rental Market of Dubai. This is a system that will make provisions of Law No. 26 of 2007 effective that is regulating the relationship between Landlords and Tenants in Dubai. This will require all individuals and companies acting as landlords to register tenancy agreements using EJARI.
The Ejari system provides a full portfolio of services beyond registering the initial lease agreement. Renewals, cancellations, transfers and terminations can all be logged. Ejari will ensure rental agreements are fair and transparent to the parties involved and that their terms and conditions are given full weight.
You can conveniently register Ejari online in a hassle free and quick way. The documents needed are:
Please Note**If you do not register your lease with EJARI you will not be able to obtain/renew a residency visa for your family members. Also, if a dispute does arise with your landlord, you will not be able to file a case with the Rental Committee.
It is very important to keep all receipts and documents throughout the entire rental process. This includes: