Many expatriates choose to rent rooms in Dubai rather rent entire flats or villas. A typical room sharer in Dubai or the UAE is a bachelor or bachelorette looking to cut on renting costs.
The rent increase is squeezing some Dubai expatriate to live in shared accommodations. Sharing a flat or a house, however, in Dubai or the UAE is not starkly different than sharing an accommodation in Paris or London. A remarkable number of rentees decide to move into shared spaces to save more of their non-taxed income as discretionary income.
As a peer-to-peer marketplace, Melltoo is bringing the room hunting experience from the unfriendly web classifieds to the user-friendly mobile. Melltoo Marketplace has an integrated marketplace for browsing and listing rooms and properties on Rentals in UAE – available on Google Play. We also manage our own social group for renters and rentees and we ask you to join. We will let you know of every new available room or space posted on the group until we reach user-sustainability.
Rooms for rent in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi
Finding and moving into a room in Dubai is not an easy business inside or outside Dubai and the UAE. Being in Dubai or acquainted with the urban planning of Dubai will make it easier. Our Melltoo team members as well as our app users have had unique experiences while moving separately into Dubai. We will share their experiences with you in this article. Happy moving!
Raising questions to the people you will potentially share a flat or room is essential before moving into a new accommodation. Mixed-sex living is not permitted in the emirate of Dubai or anywhere in the UAE. It is considered a felony in the UAE penal code and each member may be subject to jailing or deportation. Some accommodation sharing ads may be restricted to some nationalities Western or Eastern. Asking about smoking, work and sleep habits is primordial to a successful roommate experience. Nobody wants to run into the invasive, inappropriate roommate.
These are some roommate screening questions from Lifehacker. They were okay-ed by 70,000+ viewers.
- How long have you been at your job? How secure is it? Do you have emergency savings just in case? (Proof of income is required in case of a single flat rent. There is no reason why you wouldn’t mandate the same requirements)
- Have you lived with a roommate before? What did you like/dislike about that experience?
How much is your rent now? (If it’s much less than what they would pay after moving in, they might not be able to afford the new rent.)
- How do you think we should handle buying shared supplies like toilet paper, garbage bags, utensils, dishware, etc.?
- How do you think we should handle the chores, like cleaning the common areas and washing the dishes?
- Do you smoke, drink alcohol (Legal alcohol consumption is allowed per possession of a government-issue license)
- Have any pets? (The original lease might prevent pets on property)
- What is your work/sleep schedule like?
- What do you like to do on weekends?
- How often you expect to have visitors over?
- How you feel about sharing stuff, such as magazine subscription or the printer..or food?
Soukaina, Melltoo’s PR manager, lives by these rules. Soukaina had to share flats during her studies in the United States. Communication is very important to Soukaina.
“If I feel I can’t communicate with the person I am interviewing then I will cross them off my list,” she says.
Soukaina is not the only to feel this way. Pavel Kostritsa, a new Mellster (Melltoo user) do virtually concur with Soukaina but asserts to respecting his flatmates’ habits. Pavel recently moved to Dubai after finishing with his 4-year stay in Saint Petersburg (Russia) as an expatriate. He now works as an embedded system engineer in JLT.
“Sometimes you have to be tolerant to others’ habits and behavior, especially in such multicultural location like Dubai. It can fix a lot of problems and give you unexpected benefits in future,” he writes to us in an email.”
Few references: Melltoo Marketplace (app), Rentals in UAE and Rooms for rent in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi (Facebook group).
Melltoo App updates (February 2015)
Melltoo starts this new month with new app updates.We crushed all the reported bugs all of our family apps on Melltoo Rentals, Used Cars and Mobiles app.
You can now share the URL of your item (from our web app) to your social networks, via email, whatsapp, or simply by copying and pasting the link. When you click on the URL of any item, it will open right in Melltoo; yes, it’s so cool.
– When you click on the URL of any item, it will open right in Melltoo; yes, it’s so cool.
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Rooms for rent in UAE: Screening Your New Roommates
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