The first step to renting an apartment in the UAE is to be in the country. Many apartments are listed online, but it is advisable to not sign a lease until you can view a property in person. Housing is expensive and leases are typically for a full year. Factors such as surrounding traffic and public transportation options are also important to consider when renting in the UAE, so expats are advised to visit properties upon arrival in the UAE.
You can begin your search by looking online.
Even if the pictures of a place look great, it is still advisable to view a property in person. Traffic throughout the UAE can be heavy in many areas, which is best assessed in person.
Many expats hire a real estate agent to help them in their search. Be sure that the agent is registered with the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA). In some states, such as Dubai, it is illegal to deal with unauthorized freelance. The agent is responsible for handling the paperwork and the contracts.
Hire a real estate agent to help you find rental property that is suitable for you and negotiate a good rate for the property.
The typical requirements and documents for renting are:
If moving to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, rental contracts must be registered with the local authorities. Be advised that this could soon become the standard throughout all seven emirates. Expats moving to the UAE should check with their real estate agent about specific contract requirements for their emirate.
In Dubai the rental contract is called the Ejari; in Abu Dhabi it is the Tawtheeq. The Ejari is usually taken care of by the tenants. The Tawtheeq is completed by either the property owner or the real estate consultants managing the property.
In the past, landlords in the UAE asked for a full year’s rent as the rental deposit. These days it is possible to negotiate a less hefty fee. It is now common for expats to pay just three months in advance and provide pre-dated checks to cover the rest of the year. Outside of the city centers it may also be possible to find landlords who allow month-by-month payment.
Rental contracts in the UAE are typically one year long. Because relations between landlords and tenants used to be tumultuous, rental contracts carry heavy penalties if broken early. The penalty will be felt by whichever party terminates early. This way, both landlords and tenants are protected.
When looking for the ideal accommodation in the UAE, it is important to keep in mind your location. The roads of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are crowded and commutes to and from work can be stressful. There is public transportation, but it is not as expansive as in other major cities and countries.
Here are some essential questions you should ask yourself when looking for housing in the UAE:
Utilities are typically not included in the rent in the UAE. They will need to be set up with the authority in your emirate. Estimates for utilities range from 500–600 AED (136–163 USD) per month. Keep in mind that your bill will be higher in the hottest months when air conditioning is crucial.
There are separate utility companies for Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and the Northern Emirates. Utilities for water and electricity throughout the emirates are state of the art and most bills can be paid online, through a UAE bank, or at a kiosk machine.
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