Renting a Property in Dubai can be a bit overwhelming given the emirate’s thousands of appealing communities but working with an experienced agent who will guide you from narrowing down your property selection to the actual turnover makes the process convenient and easier.  Here are important steps to follow:

  1. Work with a RERA Certified Agent
    Don’t waste your time dealing with unlicensed brokers. Before doing your property search with an agent, best to ask for his/ her Broker ID card, if he/she can’t provide, better work with someone else.
  2. Communicate with your Agent about your Specific Requirements and Allocated Budget
    The major mistake many people do when finding a property to rent in Dubai is tirelessly going through thousands of property listings and setting up meetings with multiple agents. Skip the hassle and work solely with your chosen agent. Communicate with your agent your Specific Requirements and Budget. Even if your agent doesn’t have the property listing, don’t hesitate to ask him/her contact the landlords/agent or find the right options for you. Just make sure to provide your agent with the following details:
    • Size
    • Location
    • Number of cheques
    • Number of rooms
    • Furnished or unfurnished
    • Utilities/ Amenities
    • Starting Date
    After a given period of time, your agent shall get back to you with a shortlist of properties based on your specific criteria and set viewing/s.
  3. View the unit
    Once the viewing is scheduled, make sure to arrive few minutes earlier and scan the neighborhood. While on property tour, take photographs and consider the ff: factors before making an offer:
    • Is the building equipped with security measures such as CCTV, security guard, etc.
    • Does the property get natural light?
    • Do you like the view?
    • Is it spacious enough?
    • Is the property in good condition?
    • Do you get a parking slot?
    • Does the building have communal facilities such as gym and swimming pool?
    • Is the neighborhood noisy?
    • Is it in close proximity to your workplace?
    • Is it accessible to Dubai roads or public transportations?
    • Is it close to supermarkets, laundry services, and pharmacies nearby?
    • Is it a pet friendly building/ community?
  4. Make an offer
    Once you have decided to take the property, make an offer. If you want to save on annual rent, try bargaining on the number of cheques. Usually, landlords reduced the price when number of cheques are lessened. Your broker can help you negotiating with the landlord. Also, be keen on details such as contract starting date, duration, deposit amount and other costs.
  5. Reserve the property
    If you are sure and want to secure the property, pay a refundable security deposit (usually 5% of the annual rental amount or one month’s rent. For commercial and unfurnished is 10%). The security deposit (paid either in cheque or cash) will be made payable to the landlord but is held by the agent until the deal is finalized. Provide your agent with the ff:
    • Your Passport
    • Residence visa copy
  6. Review and Sign the Contract
    After the security deposit is paid, the agent will prepare the tenancy contract which will include all the information regarding the rental in accordance with Dubai tenancy law. Study the contract and suggest changes if need to. Sign, submit and hand over the rent cheque/s and the agency commission (5% or up to 10% of the annual rent depending on the property size). Ask for invoices. The agent will ask the landlord to sign the contract and give the cheques. (sign an acknowledgement receipt). Landlord and Tenant will both keep signed contracts. The tenant will then be given the keys, access cards, etc. and will need to sign an acknowledgement form clearly listing everything received.
  7. Register Tenancy Contract with Ejari
    Once you have signed the contract, you will need to register the property with Ejari to legalized the process. Ejari helps landlords and the tenants in having a clear picture of the rental payments and the tenancy contract. Also, without Ejari you won’t be able to apply for DEWA, Internet, etc. Your broker can guide you through this. Head to any Dubai typing center with necessary documents. Ejari Fee for all property types is fixed AED 195. Required Documents:
    • Original tenancy contract
    • Title deed (from landlord)
    • Tenant and landlord’s passport copies
    • Copy of tenant’s Emirates ID
  8. Set up DEWA
    Connect water and electricity through Dubai Water & Electricity Authority (DEWA). Required Documents:
    • DEWA account/ premise number
    • Ejari number
    • Landlord’s passport copy
    • Your passport copy & Emirates ID
    • Completed DEWA form (collected at DEWA)
    • Security deposit payment
    DEWA Fees: AED 110 plus VAT Refundable DEWA Deposit: AED 2000 for apartments, AED 4000 for villas
  9. Fill out the Move-In Form
    Before moving in, ask your agent or landlord if a move-in permit is required to avoid delays. Communities/ Areas that require Move-In/ Out Permits include:
    • Downtown Dubai
    • Legacy Park
    • Arabian Ranches
    • The Springs
    • The Meadows
    • Dubai Marina
    • The Views
    • Emirates Hills
    • The Greens
    This permit ensures that all services fees have been paid by the landlord before a tenant moves in or out. Find the Best Properties for Rent in Dubai here