- Maintenance: Some rents might be fully inclusive of all maintenance and repairs, while you could negotiate a much cheaper rent (particularly on older properties) if you agree to carry out any maintenance work.
- Utilities: While not common, some landlords will include DEWA/utility expenses in the rent.
- Security deposit: This can sometimes be negotiated, but Dhs.5,000 to Dhs.10,000 is standard.
- Parking: Landlords do not have to provide parking, so check first if there is an additional fee for underground or covered parking.
- Home improvements: Is DIY and decorating allowed in the property?
- Pets: Are they permitted and are there any restrictions on the type of pet? In some apartments, cats are permitted but dogs are not; there are seldom such restrictions in villas.
- Gardens: If in a villa, are you responsible for the maintenance? This can become costly due to arid conditions and the amount of water needed. A well and pump can be installed for between Dhs.1,500 and Dhs.3,000, which may work out more cost effective in the long run.
Renewals & Rent Rises
If the landlord wants to evict you, he must give 12 months' notice via notary public or registered mail, and state the exact reason. There are four circumstances under which a landlord can serve a notice for eviction on expiry of the tenancy contract: to demolish or add to the premises, making it unliveable; for repair or maintenance; to recover the premises for personal use or for a next of kin; or to sell the property. There is legal action you can take if the landlord vacates the property for any reason other than that stated.
A landlord can now increase your rent after just one year; prior to 2013 it was two years.
Also note that if you wish to change the name of the person on the rental contract, then the revised contract is classed as new, and thus the rental cap does not apply. And an agent may charge a fee for drawing up a new contract. All tenants livining in rented accommodation should be listed on the lease or they have no legal entitlement to stay in the premises, unless permission is given in writing from the landlord.
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