Rules that tenants must know before renting a property in Dubai
29 July 2017
If you are preparing to rent an apartment in Dubai, you must be aware of certain rules.
The standard procedures include paying agency fees, Ejari fees, housing fee, and a security deposit.
There is a security deposit for apartments, it can equal up to one month’s rent. This deposit is refundable when you vacate the property. In some cases, landlords deduct some amount from the deposit, citing the cost for repairs.
In order to obtain a Dewa connection, there’s is a deposit of 2000aed. In the case of some villas this can go up to 4,000aed. The deposit is refundable when you vacate the property ensuring all bills are paid and up to date. Besides, there is a non-refundable connection fee of 110aed.
In the case you would use the services of a real estate agency or brokerage firm to rent a property, agency fees will apply. Normally, agency comissions are in the range of 2 to 5 % of the first annual rent. However, some agents may increase their commission in certain cases.
Ejari is a legal platform by Dubai’s Land Department. As per the rules under this department, it helps authenticate contracts between landlords and tenants with a fee of 195aed.
The Dubai Municipality charge a 5% fee on the annual rent and add it to the Dubai Electric and Water Authority (Dewa) bills.