Property problems in Dubai are as common as the new development projects. Read our expert answer to 2014’s most eight property problems in Dubai. These are eight questions handpicked from our users feedback form on Rentals in UAE and our parent app, Melltoo Marketplace.
Q1: What are the formalities or the required documents for renting an accommodation?
Q2: Buying vs. renting in Dubai
Q3: Can the landlord change the terms of the contract during the year?
Q4: Can the landlord evict me without notice?
Q5: What are my landlord legal obligations?
Q6: Can I sub-lease my apartment while I am on travel?
Q7: Can I rent an apartment in Dubai directly from the landlord without using an agency?
Q8: How can I claim my deposit back from the landlord?
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Q1: Required documents for renting an accommodation
Since the housing market crush in 2009, Dubai authorities have been introducing new laws to regulate relationships between renters and landlords. The most important laws are Law No (33) of 2008 which amended Law No (26) of 2007. According to Dubai rental laws, your landlord cannot raise your rent in any way that contradicts decree No (43) of 2013. For any rent dispute, you have the right to open and settle a case at Dubai RERA’s (Real Estate Regulatory Agency’s) rent dispute authority. This is decree No (26) of 2013.
To conclude a rental agreement in Dubai, you need the following documents. They are mandatory. This is particularly relevant to non-UAE citizens.
- A salary proof, a bank statement or proof of income*
- Passport copy
- A copy of UAE visa residency
- A signed copy of the tenancy application**
- A security deposit***
*The Dubai Land Department (DED) does, now, (as of 2013) require a proof of income within tenancy applications. Income or bank statements should prove guarantee that prospective tenants will be able to cover their future rent cheques. Dud cheques can carry serious criminal charges in Dubai and the UAE.
**All prospective tenants must register their rent contracts in Dubai RERA’s “Ejari” system. This simple yet very important registration will preserve your rights if you were to raise a rent case against your landlord to the rent dispute authorities. The contracts provided by real estate agencies (blue sheets) are void from legal significance. To register with “Ejari,” you need to go to your typing center and pay Dhs195.
***A security deposit has become a requirement to land a tenancy contract. It is often the sum of your first 4 weeks of rent. You have the right to claim back your security deposit at the end of the tenancy contract.
Q2: Buying vs. renting in Dubai
The two most key information about the real estate market in Dubai are the increasing rent and housing supply growth. If you are curious about the housing supply growth, we recommend you read our latest Dubai real estate 2014 investments.
A premium rent in Dubai can easily average Dhs100,000 for a family-sized apartment. This is roughly the equivalent of 25,000€ or $27,000 and most reasonably the monthly price of a mortgage (as well) if you were to buy a property instead of renting.
It is a fact that interest rates are falling because of the high liquidity and the high growth of the economy in the Emirate. Therefore, on one side, it has become “cheaper” to buy a property. On the other side, the increasing housing supply is stressing market prices.
Renting may be cheaper ultimately if you do not intend to stay long-er in Dubai. However, renting does come with certain legal headaches and increasing rent services such as parking fees or utilities.
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8 Most Common Property Problems in Dubai in 2014
Property problems are as common as the ubiquitous new development projects in the emirate of Dubai. Read our expert answer to 2014's most eight property problems in Dubai.