To ease your home renting experience and spare you a bucket load of sweat, we at Aurum-Re have compiled a list of 12 things to check, while renting a house in Dubai.
Checklist of Things to Consider While Renting a House in Dubai
Check the Agent:
If you enlist the service of an agent, make sure that the agent is registered with RERA (Real Estate Regulation Agency). Check the agent’s broker card and to be sure, you may verify his / her credentials through Dubai Land Department .
With a reliable agent by your side, renting a house in Dubai becomes much easier.
Pick the Right Property & Research the Price:
Do an in-depth check and select an area that best suits your interests. Ensure that the place is clean, secure and has all the necessary facilities within an arm’s reach.
Before settling on a rent, check on the rents that are being charged on similar properties in the area.
Inspect the Property & Stress on a Solid Maintenance Agreement:
While renting a house in Dubai, make sure to inspect the property thoroughly for any defects and damages. Ensure that all appliances (like A/C) are delivered to you in working conditions. Insert a clause into the contract to this effect.
Raise all relevant issues with the broker, and get any and all assurances in writing. Stress on a firm maintenance agreement and include clear clauses in the contract, with regards to maintenance and repair costs.
Ensure that the one you are dealing with is the rightful owner:
Prior to renting a property, examine the original title deed of the property issued by the Dubai Land Department, to determine the ownership of the property. In case of doubts, you may approach the Land Department’s office to confirm the owner’s claim.
Check Existing Mortgage on Property (if any):
Check if there is an existing mortgage on the property. If the property is mortgaged, then the bank’s consent is required before the property is rented out.
Check if the owner has paid the service charges:
Ensure that all service charges have been paid by the owner. To be sure, have the owner display the payment receipts. This is important as without the payment of such charges, you may be barred from using such services as the pool or the gym.
In properties that have centralised A/C system, it is the owner who usually pays the chiller or A/C fees. However, there are areas where such fees are charged separately. Discuss this matter with your agent.
Check the Rent Payment Structure:
Unless otherwise stated in the contract, deposition of four post-dated cheques bearing four equal instalment amounts in advance is the current market norm.
All cheques must be issued in the name of the owner or the legal representative of the owner. It is prudent to have the rent payment structure clearly defined in the contract.
Maintain the House to Get Maximum Security Deposit Refund:
At the time of vacating the property, the owner expects to have the property in its original condition. Before vacating, take a joint inspection of the property and negotiate on the refund. If the owner isn’t available for a joint inspection, take photographs and send them to the owner, and then negotiate on the refund. The owner reserves the right to make deductions from the deposit to make up for renovation expenses (if any).
Include a clause in the contract that mentions the time frame for the refund of the security deposit, after the property has been vacated.
While renting a house in Dubai, security deposit is usually about 5% of the annual rent.
Check the contract for Exit and Penalty Clauses:
There may be exit clauses embedded in the agreement, where a tenant is allowed to vacate the house on immediate notice. In this case, however, the tenant will have to pay two month’s rent as penalty. Depending on the relationship with the owner, the tenant may also find a substitute before leaving, in which case there is a better chance to get the entire advanced amount back.
If there is no exit clause in the contract, the tenant should insert one. The tenant must keep his / her eyes open for penalty clauses in the contract.
Register your contract (Ejari registration):
You must register the contract with the Land Department. This is important and without it, the agreement does not have any import.
Read The Contract:
While renting a house in Dubai, it is imperative that you read and understand the terms and conditions of the contract properly, before signing the contract. Make sure that a balanced contract has been drawn, which addresses the concerns of both the parties. Look out for riders in the contract that undermine your interests.
Pay close attention to clauses related to rent hikes, eviction, vacating homes before the expiry of the contract, renewals, parking details, liabilities, etc…
a) Your landlord cannot just hike your rent. Any increase in rent must follow the guidelines set up by RERA.
To know more about how much of the rent can be increased legally, you may use the rental calculator at dubailand.gov.ae.
b) Your landlord cannot evict you without giving prior notice.
Do your math and keep all receipts:
Once you have the contract in your name, you will have to apply for your own water and electricity connections from DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority). Keep money aside for connection fees and deposits.
Obtain receipts for all payments and keep them carefully in your possession.
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