How to Rent Property in Dubai

Step by Step Guide to Renting Dubai Real Estate

Renting Guide


Decide your Budget

In Dubai you require to pay your rent in post dated cheques for the contract term. Usually between 1-4 is the industry practice. You will also require passport copy, resident visa copy and a cheque book.


Search For The Right Home

Speak with friends, work colleagues, or search online. We always recommend going through an agent rather than direct. Through an agency, landlords have been through vetting. Also by going through an agency like ourselves we will explain all the procedures and laws when it comes to a tenancy and make sure a smooth transition process when moving into your new home.


Go Out & View Homes

Schedule appointments with your agent to go and see homes that meet your requirements. Search until you find the right home that meets your needs.


Making An Offer

Once you find the right home. You will make an offer. At this time parties, tenant and landlord will enter a negotiation. You will offer on price, amount of cheques you will pay in and your move in date. These are the key conditions to agree. Other conditions could be decoration, pets, furnishing etc. Sometimes a landlord agrees to reduce the total rental amount if the number of cheques is reduced.


Both Parties Agree Terms

Once you both agree terms a tenancy contract will need be drafted. At this time you will be required to give copies of your passport and visa pages along with a 5% security deposit to reserve the property.


Signing Contracts

Once all parties are happy with all the contracts both will be required to sign. At this time you will hand over the rent cheques as per the terms along with the agency commission. Once both parties are signed and cheques handed over keys and access cards will be giving to you. Both parties will receive a copy of the contract. Another reason why to always go through a registered company is the contracts. They must be complying fully with RERA to be a valid contract.


Connecting DEWA & Chiller

You will need to submit the following documents to DEWA (Dubai Electricity & Water Authority) in order to get connected. Activation is within 24hours of completing the following registration and payment. – The DEWA number (found on the side on the property’s entrance), – Copy of the tenant’s and landlord’s passport, – Copy of the property title deed or affection plan, – Dh2,000 + VAT (for apartments) or Dh4,000 + VAT (for villas) will be required as a refundable deposit, and Dh240.50 for setup charges. Your Place can connect the DEWA on the tenants behalf for Dh189. If the chiller is not included in DEWA and isn’t connected under the name of the landlord then you will be required to submit a Dh1,500 refundable security deposit.


Ejari Registration

Registering with is required. Ejari is an online registration system initiated by Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA The main motive behind this system is to regulate the relationship between landlords and tenants. Documents required will be – Original tenancy contract – Original receipt of DEWA connection in the tenant’s name – Copy of title deed – Copy of the tenant’s and landlord’s passports – Copy of Emirates ID – Dh225.75 Admin Charge for Your Place to do connect this for you.

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