The biggest concern of relocating to Dubai revolves around the accommodation question. Is your company going to pay for it? If you are opening your own office, then too, the question remains, where would you stay and how expensive is it? Will it eat away majorly into your budget and not leave any scope for savings?
That’s the big-ticket question for anyone thinking of making the big move to Dubai/UAE. Usually, there’s a lot of confusion regarding the rental laws in Dubai with tenants counting on ‘what others say’ to decide.
Myths about the Tenancy Laws…
The problem with Dubai/UAE is that there are a lot of misconceptions about renting out accommodation. A myth about accommodation is that tenants think that there won’t be any rent rise in the first two years of the contract or the maximum rent increase would be five percent. That’s just not true – and the perpetuation of such information could lead to further miscommunication and could be the source of problems in the future.
To help navigate these issues and to ensure that people thinking of making the move to Dubai/UAE don’t face these kind of issues, a new website, propertyrights.ae is aimed at helping remove common misinformation about the property and tenancy rights. It offers important tips on signing leases and renewal of leases. The main aim is to ensure that accommodation doesn’t become a barrier for making that move to Dubai/UAE.
Tips for getting it Right in the Rentals…
Ensure that your property agent is Rera registered and always ask for the broker number.
Write out the cheques directly to the landlord and ask for a copy of the landlord’s passport and maybe, the title deeds too, if possible.
Ensure that there are no outstanding bills for Dewa or the air-conditioner; if there are outstanding bills then ensure that they are settled before you sign the lease.
Do ask for the number of car parking spaces and ask if there are visitor parking access rights.
Also, find out how to access all parts of the building since there could be entry cards, swipe cards, door access locks, etc.
If you find that the property is not clean, then ask for it to be cleaned before you move in. You would be well within your rights to demand that.
Take photos of issues if any, and let the agent and landlord know. This will help resolve issues.
The minute you get the lease, register for the Ejari or the print tenancy registration certificate.