At Melltoo, we don’t just work hard to give you a premium product where you can sell your used items or rent your property, we also aspire to offer you a holistic experience into living in Dubai and the UAE, and affording your living.
Our latest community questions are from our new user “Muslyma Lala” who joined our Rooms for rent in Dubai Facebook group prepping for her big move to Dubai. she is currently looking for a room for 2500 AED/month in the Dubai area. Her questions are as follow:
Q1: Generally the rent fare of an apartment or studio is quoted yearly. Does that mean we will have to stay in this accommodation?
In Dubai, rental agreements are regulated by Dubai 2013 rental law (Dubai rental laws). Besides that, the rights and duties of a tenant are set in his rental agreement (contract) with his landlord. Thus, the duration of a rental arrangement is set in the contract beforehand If a tenant intends to leave his accommodation before the end of his rental contract, he or she must pay a penalty (often included in the adddedum of the contract). Usually, such penalty may level up to two months of rent. In such case, the landlord must repay their tenant for any unused month + their security deposit.
Q2: We must have work visa to work?
Yes. The required documents are the following:
- 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.
Learn more about renting in Dubai on: Eight Most Common Property Problems in Dubai.
Q3: What are the best areas for a person who has just arrived knowing that I do not have a car?
If you do not have a car, it is best that you either car pool to your work place with our good friends at Carpool Arabia or live close to a metro or tram station. Dubai metro system has 49 metro stations split in two lines. The system covers Dubai’s most common work site such as Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, Business Bay, JLT, Dubai International City, Al Rigga, etc. Dubai Tram spans over 11 stations and intersects with Dubai metro’s red line at JLT station and Dubai Marina station. Dubai has a number of buses who run extensively during the working days of the week.
Q4: What is the average price for a room to rent and for a beadspace?
Dubai rental fares differ by area from center to suburb. Deira and International City have been prime destinations of new expatriates with lower budgets.
Dubai International City: The yearly median rent is Dhs42,000.
Deira: Deira or “old Dubai” is a little further than Dubai International City and is also relatively “cheap.” Rent in Deira ranges from Dhs38,000 to Dhs50,000
Discovery Gardens: The median rent is Dhs58,500.
Dubai Silicon Oasis: The median rent is Dhs60,000.
Jumeirah Village: The rents range from Dhs50,000 to Dhs60,000.
Dubailand: The median rent is Dhs65,000
Downtown – Shaikh Zayed Road – JBR: The rent averages Dhs82,500.
Q5: What is included in the rent generally?
Dubai rental fees include rent fare, security deposit, maintenance fees, municipality fees, Ejari fees, and utilities fees. Read our The Hidden Costs of Renting in Dubai to learn more about renting in Dubai.
Q6: If internet is not included, how it costs aproximately?
Your etisalat subscription might cost around 300 AED per month for a 6 Mpbs speed.
Q7: Is there always a deposit to pay? If “yes” that is how much?
As per Dubai law, a security deposit is a requirement to conclude any rental agreements. A security deposit will usually cost you between one month to two months of rent and is refundable upon leaving of the property. If you’re able to obtain a sub-lease, you wouldn’t have to pay a security deposit as per law, but you must make sure that your landlord is aware of your sub-lease agreements with the original tenant. If this is not the case, you may be asked to leave the property without prior notice since you will be in violation of the law.
Are you moving to Dubai soon? Send us your rental questions to “email@example.com” or add them to the comment section. You can always reach out to me on the Melltoo app for instant help at “ahmedmedien.”
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