Extra costs to be considered when renting a home are:
  • Water and electricity deposit (Dhs.2,000 for villas, Dhs.1,000 for apartments) paid directly to Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) and fully refundable on cancellation of the lease.
  • If your accommodation is in an area that uses district cooling, you will need to pay a deposit to the cooling company (usually Palm District Cooling, The deposit amount varies depending on the size and location of the property.
  • Real estate commission is around 5% of annual rent and is a one-off payment.
  • Maintenance charges vary, but could be around 5% of annual rent, and are sometimes included.
  • A housing fee of 5% of your yearly rent is charged through your DEWA bill, spread across 12 months.
If you’re renting a villa, don’t forget that you may have to maintain a garden and pay for extra water. It’s worth asking the landlord what the average DEWA bills are for a particular property.

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