frequently asked questions

What are the required documents to qualify for a tenancy agreement for a property?

Tenant should have a valid passport and Residence Visa copy (Original copies of these documents should be shown by the tenant to the Property Broker).

For Corporate Tenant, a valid Trade License, General Manager’s Passport Copy (if he is signing the Agreement) and valid passport of the Occupant.

What happens if I do not have a residency visa; can I still rent?

No, you cannot legally have an annual tenancy agreement. A residency visa is essential to rent in Dubai.  If you are new to Dubai and your residence visa is under process, please speak to a RentDXB broker and they can advise you on short-term rental options.

What are the payments the tenant needs to make once agreed in leasing a property?

The Tenant has to pay the agreed annual rent amount depending on how many cheques both parties agreed with. The Security Deposit, Brokers Commission, Deposit for DEWA and Empower (if applicable) and Ejari Registration fees.

Can a tenant use a third party cheque for his or her annual rent?

Yes, a tenant can use a third party cheque provided they will be submitting a Letter of Indemnity from the Third Party and a passport or Trade License if it is a Company Cheque.

What is a security deposit, how much is it and what does it cover?

Security Deposit 5% of the Annual Rent paid by the tenant in advance and held in reserve in the event of the depositor failing on a contractual obligation to protect the Landlord in a real estate lease. It covers loss of rent, damage to the property, loss of original keys and repairs that are not wear and tear. Additionally, if the property is fully furnished, landlord may request a 10% deposit.

Who is responsible for paying any service fees for a property?

The landlord is responsible for paying any services fees relating to a property however as a tenant you are responsible to pay a municipality tax of 5% of the annual rent which is shown separately on your electricity bill. You may be required to pay a contribution of the air conditioning fees if the property is not set up to meter each unit individually.  In this case, the charges are normally made by the developer or owners association and not a utility provider.

 

Can the Landlord increase the rent next year?

Rental prices are governed by the Rental Index issued by RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Agency) as set out in Decree 43. Increases are allowed depending on the market rates and the current rent being significantly under the average rates.

How long is the tenancy agreement?

Typically a tenancy agreement is for a period of 12 months on a renewable basis.

Can I sub-let a rented property?

Unless previously agreed with the landlord in the Tenancy Agreement a tenant is not permitted to sublet the property and should comply with the rules of the UAE.

Can a tenant terminate his contract during the tenancy period?

Yes, a Tenant can terminate the contract, provided the Tenant will notify the Landlord two (2) months in advance and will be paying two (2) months rent as cancellation from the day of vacating the property and all the utility bills should be settled.

Can a tenant terminate his contract during the tenancy period?

Yes, a Tenant can terminate the contract, provided the Tenant will notify the Landlord two (2) months in advance and will be paying two (2) months rent as cancellation from the day of vacating the property and all the utility bills should be settled.

What is EJARI?

Ejari is a division of RERA that assists tenants and landlords in rent based transactions. It also provides regulatory aid during tenancy disputes. To learn more about ejari please click the link provided.   http://www.ejari-online.com/ejari-faq/

What is RERA?

RERA stands for “Real Estate Regulatory Authority.” This is the government agency that licenses all real estate brokers, agencies, developers, and regulates all of Dubai’s real estate activities.

If you require any additional assistance or have any further questions regarding property rentals in Dubai, please feel free to contact RentDXB and we will be happy to assist you.