With Dubai’s rising skyline, there are multiple options, developments and communities available on lease for residential and commercial purposes. The choice is based on a range of factors from location and prices to facilities and infrastructure. It is imperative to know about the rules, rights and responsibilities of tenants, landlords and rental agreements in the Emirate. Most importantly, consulting a registered broker is a must.
In addition to payment of rent, tenants must pay housing fees to Dubai Municipality which is calculated at 5% of the yearly rental charges. Freehold property owners pay 5% of the value of the accommodation as per the RERA rental index for their location. For convenience and ease of payment, the housing fees are added to the monthly DEWA bills. In case, your landlord/broker has not registered the lease agreement, this can be done online through RERA's online portal called Ejari. If you prefer to register the rental contract in person, then you need to visit the Dubai Municipality Al Twar Centre. Take copies of the tenancy contract, a copy of the title deed, passport copies of both landlord and tenant, DEWA electricity bill showing account number and AED 195 as payment.