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The new home of commercial real estate
If you are looking for properties to rent, are a current tenant or are moving to a new rental property soon, our experts have some useful advice for you to ensure you have the smoothest experience. There are lots of positives to renting in Dubai, not least the incredible opportunities that are available to those residing here. Rental properties are not difficult to acquire and there is a huge variety of options with excellent amenities to make you feel at home. As Dubai's longest-standing real estate firm, we have lots of experience, expertise and a huge range of accommodation solutions so we can help you on your journey to finding your ideal property.
Rules for renting a property in Dubai
Whether you are considering renting, are already renting or you have suddenly been evicted, there are some key things you should know about renting properties in Dubai.
Always ensure that your broker of choice is registered by RERA.
RERA is an acronym for the Real Estate Regulatory Agency. Founded in the year 2007, RERA is responsible for all real estate matters in Dubai. It seeks to regulate and manage the relationship between tenants and landlords by defining each party's roles, duties and responsibilities with the aim of minimising or completely avoiding misunderstandings and disputes. When you are working with a broker, to help you out with the whole process and to help avoid any issues whilst renting your property, ensure that the broker has a valid Broker ID card and is RERA registered...
Legalize your contract by registering it with EJARI
This may sound like a complicated process but it is a surprisingly easy one to get over and done with. EJARI is Arabic for 'my rent'. It is part of RERA's initiative to regulate any kind of contract that binds the landlord to their tenant. It is mandatory to register with EJARI in Dubai. The EJARI registration is the landlord's responsibility and the tenant isare only involved to register their information and pay the necessary fees. Make sure to include all the deposits, monthly rent amount, duration of the contract, landlord's passport copies and necessary proofs of payment in your EJARI application. Usually, the registration fees stand at around 220 AED.
Beware of random rental price hikes.
In Dubai, a landlord cannot just wake up one day and raise your rent to an exorbitant figure of his choice. This is in accordance with the 2013 Decree No 43. As a matter of fact, according to 2013's Decree No 26, if they do this, you have all the right to file a case with Dubai's Rent Committee.
Familiarize yourself with the procedure for rental increase.
First of all, before the landlord can raise your rent, they should give you a minimum of 90 days advanced notice. Your landlord is not allowed to increase the rent for your property if the current price is only up to 10% less than other similar units. If your current rent is 11 – 20% less than similar units, then the landlord may increase the rent by up to 5%. If your rent is 21 - 30% lower than similar units then your landlord may increase the rent by 10%. Using a rental calculator can indicate exactly how much your landlord is permitted to increase your current rent by.
Familiarizing yourself with the rules for both landlords and tenants is vital in keeping you on the right side of the law when renting property in Dubai, but also helps you to understand what your rights are and what your landlord's obligations to you are. The rules all contribute towards ensuring the fair treatment of both parties and understanding them help to ensure a smoother experience with fewer misunderstandings or difficulties.
There are a couple of rules that both landlords as well as tenants ought to abide by in Dubai. They all contribute towards ensuring the fair treatment of both parties. Familiarizing yourself with these rules is vital as it keeps you safe from the wrong side of the law.
What are the benefits of living in Dubai as a tenant opposed to other places in the world?
Renting property and living in Dubai exposes you to an attractive, comfortable and glamourous way of life, with some of the luxuries that are normal across Dubai not being as common in other parts of the world.
Dubai takes cleanliness to whole new horizons and this one of the things that make it stand out as a beautiful city. Across its parks, streets and even public toilets, cleanliness is maintained to a high standard.
Dubai has outstandingly good job opportunities compared to the rest of the world. Not only is the quality and variety of work excellent, but the salary is tax-free and employment in Dubai includes a package that comes with health insurance, transport allowance, housing allowance, flight tickets and a generous holiday allowance with lots of national holidays too.
No other destination beats Dubai's luxury experiences. The city can make you feel accustomed to some high-end standards, particularly when it comes to tourism, shopping, hotels and technology. A 4-star hotel in any other destination feels like a 3-star hotel in Dubai. It is a city of ultra-modern skyscrapers and resorts, and many opportunities to enjoy the high-quality service and special experiences that you can't get everywhere else.
World class attractions.
Dubai is home to some of the world's most exciting attractions, including the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building and the seven-star Burj Al Arab, the world's tallest hotel. The Dubai Fountain is the world's tallest performing fountain and Dubai Mall hosts luxury retail facilities including an aquarium and ice rink. There are many museums and an abundance of extreme sports, activities, theme parks and water parks. You could try the world's longest zipline or snowboard and meet penguins at the indoor slopes. Dubai has the ultimate location in that you can enjoy its beautiful beaches and watersport activities without being far from the built up areas of the city and what they have to offer – but you can still get to the desert in less than half an hour so you have the best of everything in one destination.
Dubai is blessed with year-round sun so you can feel like you live on holiday. It has two distinct seasons and a hot desert climate. The coldest it tends to get during the day in winter is 22°c so the winter season is great for outdoor activities and is when residents tend to find it the most pleasant. Summer lasts from the end of April until the beginning of October with hot weather regularly exceeding 38°c. It does get extremely hot at its peak, however Dubai is built to handle these conditions. All homes, buildings and cars are well air-conditioned and there are shaded areas outside – even the public transport is kept cool.
Super affordable petrol.
The city of super cars has the most affordable fuel prices globally. Anywhere else, you can feel shocked at the extremely high fuel prices, but in comparison visiting the Dubai petrol stations and having your tank filled for you for next to nothing feels like heaven.
Extremely safe with a low crime rate.
Perhaps one of the most important features we can enjoy in Dubai is its safety. The UAE has recently been ranked the safest place in the world after a survey showed that 96.1% of people here feel safe to walk outside alone at night. Whilst it makes sense to have your wits about you when out in public in any city, generally there is little reason to be concerned for your safety and the people here are usually honest, helpful and calm. Most communities and apartment blocks have security guards so even if your rental property is in an area that is new to you, you have that extra security. There is special accommodation for women in many areas including on public transport and taxis to help them feel more comfortable. Often here, residents are rarely even concerned with locking their front doors and usually if you lose a valuable item you will have it safely returned to you which is refreshing.
Dubai has a long, and continuously growing list of positives to consider when thinking of renting property and moving over here. Rental properties especially are not complicated to acquire for locals and foreigners alike and people from all over the world are very welcome to live a wonderful life here and feel at home. If you had your reservations about Dubai, it is time to reconsider and open your mind to the infinite possibilities here.
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