Renting Guide

How to Rent Property in Dubai?

Real Estate

Step By Step Renting Process

1Work Out How Much You Can Afford

In Dubai you require to pay your rent in post dated cheques for the contract term. Usually between 1-4 is the industry practice. You will also require passport copy, resident visa copy and a cheque book.

2Search For The Right Home

Speak with friends, work colleagues or search online. We always recommend going through an agent rather than direct. Through an agency landlords have been though a vetting. Also by going through an agency like ourselves we will explain all the procedures and laws when it comes to a tenancy and to make sure a smooth transition process when moving into your new home.

3Go Out & View Homes

Schedule appointments with your agent to go and see homes that meet your requirements. Search until you find the right home that meets your needs.

4Making An Offer

Once you find the right home. You will make an offer. At this time parties, tenant and landlord will enter a negotiation. You will offer on price, amount of cheques you will pay in and your move in date. These are the key conditions to agree. Other conditions could be decoration, pets, furnishing etc. Sometimes a landlord agrees to reduce the total rental amount if the number of cheques is reduced.

5Both Parties Agree Terms

Once you both agree terms a tenancy contract will need be drafted. At this time you will be required to give copies of your passport and visa pages along with a 5% security deposit to reserve the property.

6Signing Contracts

Once all parties are happy with all the contracts both will be required to sign. At this time you will hand over the rent cheques as per the terms along with the agency commission. Once both parties are signed and cheques handed over keys and access cards will be giving to you. Both parties will receive a copy of the contract. Another reason why to always go through an registered company is the contracts. They must be complying fully with RERA to be a valid contract.

7Connecting DEWA

You will need to submit the following documents to DEWA (Dubai Electricity & Water Authority) in order to get connected. Activation is within 24hours of completing the following registration and payment. - The DEWA number (found on the side on the property's entrance), - Copy of the tenant's and landlord's passport, - Copy of the property title deed or affection plan, - Dh2,000 (for apartments) or Dh4,000 (for villas) will be required as a refundable deposit, and Dh110 for setup charges

8Ejari Registration

Registering with is required. Ejari is an online registration system initiated by Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA The main motive behind this system is to regulate the relationship between landlords and tenants. Documents required will be - Original tenancy contract - Original receipt of DEWA connection in the tenant's name - Copy of title deed - Copy of the tenant's and landlord's passports - Copy of Emirates ID - DH195 Admin Charge

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