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How to rent a property in the UAE

Posted by Ahmed on Monday March 28th, 2016
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Renting is common place in the UAE. In recent years rental prices have significantly dropped making the market a more competitive place.


You should only use registered agents. asics gel lyte 3 For Dubai, ask to see their RERA card, which will confirm that the agent is acting in a legal capacity and not freelancing which is illegal in the UAE. asics gel kayano You should expect to pay a fee to the agent of approximately 5 % of the yearly rent

Read over the contract and make sure you understand what you are signing, what are your responsibilities? Are there any hidden costs? What are the landlord’s responsibilities for repairs and maintenances?

In Abu Dhabi, there is mandatory registration of tenancy contracts through a system known as Tawtheeq. Through a database for all short term tenancy contracts, this registration system safeguards the rights of landlords and tenants. asics soldes The Municipality of Abu Dhabi has more information on how it works

In Dubai, a legal contract should be registered through Ejair, a system designed to regulate and facilitate the rental market of Dubai. timberland chaussure The contract should clearly state what the landlord’s responsibilities are as well as the tenants. Once registered with Ejair, the contract cannot be changed by the landlord.

When you find a property you are happy with, you will normally be expected to provide a copy of your passport and proof of residency. asics france At this time you will be expected to deposit 5% of the annual rent to the landlord to secure the property. ugg australia bottes You will also be expected to provide several post-dated cheques; however this varies from landlord to landlord. new balance femme It is important to ensure the contract clearly states when the cheques will be submitted. You should photocopy the cheques you are submitting as proof of what you have provided.

It is illegal to bounce a cheque in the UAE and you could face arrest and detention if a cheque is submitted without adequate funds to cover the cost.

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