guide to renting property in dubai

Guide To Renting

All you need to know for renting a property in Dubai


Guide to Renting

Renting property in Dubai is a popular choice for many of its residents. With the transient nature of our expat population, it offers a chance for temporary residents to find their dream apartment or villa for the time they call Dubai home. 

If you are interested in renting an apartment or a villa in Dubai, we have put together a quick guide on the steps involved and what to bear in mind once you are renting a property.

Start Right

Make sure you only work with RERA registered brokers when you are entering into a rental agreement. Don’t put your money and accommodation at risk by dealing with anyone else.

What You Will Need

When you do find your dream property, you will need to provide original copies of your passport, Emirates ID and your residence visa. You will also have to budget for the fees that include a security deposit, Ejari fees and a commission to your agent. Do not hand over cheques without official receipts and a tenancy contract.

Fees & Costs

  • Security Deposit 5% Unfurnished Property, 10% Furnished Property
  • Ejari Registration AED220/-
  • Agency Fee 5% of annual rental value
  • DEWA registration deposit AED2,000/-

The Contract

When it comes time to sign the tenancy contract, there are a few aspects in this guide to renting that are worth noting and checking before you sign. Is the property in good, liveable condition? Are there any maintenance issues? Have the service charges been paid? Do you have all the access cards you will need to the building and facilities? All of these should be taken care of before you sign the tenancy contract and take possession. 

Your agent will be able to assist you in making sure your landlord has fulfilled his obligation. A property inspection and condition report should be carried out prior to tenancy start. The contract will be a "Unified Tenancy Contract" which is mandatory under RERA law. Any additional terms and conditions can be included in an Addendum to the Tenancy Contract. 

It is important to read and understand all the terms of the contract.


You will need to register your tenancy contract with Ejari, which is how it becomes formalised in Dubai. Your agent should be able to assist you with this, but it will require ID documents from the landlord, the tenant, the tenancy contract and the original title deed.

Rent Increases

Wanting to renew your contract? Your landlord has to stick to certain guidelines when it comes to renewal of rent, including giving you 90 days’ notice. The most important guide to renting comes from RERA - According to RERA your landlord can only increase your rent if it is over 10% less than the average rental value of similar units, so make sure you are aware of the market rate before renewal time. 

If you need help you can use the official rental calculator to determine what the figures should be: 


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