Guide to renting a property in Dubai

Rent property in Dubai with the help and guidance of Dubai Land Department’s Most Active Agency of 2020 on your side.

The Allsopp & Allsopp guide to renting has been put together with the knowledge and experience of 12 years of Dubai real estate knowledge to ease the process for you!

Read on for our step by step guide to renting an apartment or villa in Dubai for the first time.

Step 1 – Think about a budget

Calculating a budget is the first and most important step in the rental process in Dubai. You can use this budget as a base in which you can begin your search.

When calculating a rental budget, please keep in mind the fees that go along with the rental process in Dubai - 5% of the total rental value will be needed for a deposit and 5% will be needed for agency fees subject to a minimum fee of AED 5000.

Step 2 – What do you require

Think about the essentials you require from your rental home. Are you looking for an apartment or a villa in Dubai? Which area would you prefer? How many bedrooms do you need? Think of the driving distance to the nearest schools or your workplace.

Be prepared to compromise! It is very rare that a property will tick every box so put this list in order of importance and narrow down your search to within your criteria guidelines.

Step 3 – Find a reliable broker

It is paramount for you to find a real estate broker in Dubai who you can trust and build, not only a professional but friendly relationship with. It is so important that you feel you can have an open and honest conversation with your broker.

In 2018 and 2019, Allsopp & Allsopp were awarded Top Service Standard at the Dubizzle Property Awards. Our brokers are trained to offer impeccable service to our clients and genuinely enjoy getting to know you all. At Allsopp & Allsopp, our speciality is listening to your needs and wants and matching you appropriately to the right community and perfect property.

As we are involved in thousands of leases each year, we have perfected our moving process into a well- oiled machine which is organised and thought out for you.

Step 4 – Viewings

The viewing process can often be rather overwhelming, and it is easy to get excited about a property and forget to ask the questions you had in your head before you walked through the front door. Allsopp & Allsopp advise you to write down a potential list of questions to ask your broker about the property you are viewing.

Alternatively, you may dislike a property because of one or two factors but don’t rule it out completely. Voice your concerns to your broker, they may be able to come up with a solution as I am sure they have experienced something very similar in the past.

Step 5 – Make an offer

Once you have found a property to rent in Dubai, make a decision on what you would like to offer. Put the offer to your broker and they will start the negotiating process with the landlord. This is the most nerve-racking time, but your Allsopp & Allsopp broker has it under control and will keep you updated imminently with every advance.

Step 6 – Administration

To seal the deal your agent will talk you through the documents needed. Make sure you have an Emirates ID, passport and visa. Take your time to check the contract thoroughly before signing, if you have any questions or queries our brokers can clarify.

Step 7 – Ejari Registration

It is now time to register your rental agreement in Dubai through EJARI which means ‘your rent’ in Arabic. Your broker will talk you through this process and assist you with the documents. Allsopp & Allsopp also have a home move service who will be in touch after the contract signing and will make you aware of which permits are needed in order to move forward.

Step 8 – Get Connected

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will need to be registered under your name and it is a good idea to connect your internet before you move in. Our home move team can arrange this for you for a small fee.

Step 9 – Move in day!

Congratulations, you have successfully rented a property in Dubai. Be aware of the move in policies put in place by the community or building security. Often Friday’s are a ‘no move’ day as are public holidays but ask your broker to clarify. Other than this, put your feet up and enjoy your new home!!

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5% of the annual rent and 10% of the annual rent if furnished.

Yes, Ejari registration and Dewa connection and deposits.

Ejari means my rent, and this is registered in Al Manara center for a fee of 220 AED the documents you will need for this:

  • Signed tenancy contract
  • Title deed
  • Owners passport, Visa, Emirates ID
  • Tenants original Emirates ID

Register Via Allsopp & Allsopp Home Move Service. There is a deposit of AED 2135.50 for apartments and AED 4135 for villas.

You must have a ‘visa in process’ letter and allow enough time so you will have it in hand as well as your Emirates ID before the contract starts to register your Ejari. Please note; if your application for the visa is unsuccessful you risk losing your deposit and agency fee.

The tenant pays the broker 5% of the total rental amount, subject to a minimum fee of AED 5,000.

On a standard contract it is 2 months’ notice with a 2-month penalty although some contracts can vary.

Yes, the tenant gets the automatic right to renew the tenancy contract at the end of the agreed period.

Not to the main first part of the contract, however we can add your wife to the addendum as an occupant.

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