Guide to letting for Tenants

Tenants Guide

Whether you are new to Dubai, or you simply want advice on renting a property in Dubai, our tenants guide is for you! Our dedicated lettings team are on hand to assist you to find your perfect rental property. Contact us today on +971 4 874 7452

Choose your Location

This is the most crucial part - Consider your budget and the proximity of the neighborhood to your work, schools, metro, etc. Dubai has many great areas to live but it’s important to know your budget from the start and shortlist the neighborhood(s) you would consider living in.


Costs Involved - IMPORTANT

The price you see in property listings is only the rental price per year, it does NOT include the following: - Security deposit (5-10% of yearly rental amount) - Brokerage fees (usually 5% of yearly rental amount, but some companies charge a minimum of 5,000 AED per tenancy contract) - Moving/relocation expenses - Deposits for DEWA & Du/Etisalat connections - Possible deposits for Air-conditioning

Required Documentation

You will not be able to enter into a tenancy agreement without a valid residency visa, so please ensure you have one. If the agreement will be named under a company, a valid company trade license along with the passport copy of the owner is also required.


What are you Looking for in a Property?

Decide on the features that are most important to you (view, size, open/closed kitchen, bedroom size and numbers etc). Inform your Client Manager prior to viewing, so you do not waste your time going to properties that do not match your criteria. Be sure to also note down the properties you have potentially seen with any other brokers, so you do not end up going to the same property twice with different agents.


Review prices in your preferred Dubai area. Some advertisements are outdated, so be sure that the property advertised is still available for rent.


Property Size

Be sure that the new property will fit your existing furniture, especially if you are downgrading from example a 2-bed to a 1-bed. Measure if needed to be sure.

Snagging and Inspection

Before move-in, make sure that the property is in a good condition that you are happy with. Be sure that the air conditioning works, there are no issues with plumbing and electrics, etc. The Landlord should hand you over the property in great condition and if you are not happy then speak up to your agent before you move in. Most landlords require the agent/property management company to do an inventory before the new tenant moves in, which they then sign but if not you can always request one/do your own.


Price Negotiation and Offer

As a potential tenant, you have the right to negotiate on the price and number of payments. You may be required to pay in one payment upfront for the whole year, or agree to pay up to 12 installments, (These are provided as post-dated cheques). Yearly rental amount is typically lower when paid in 1 or 2 cheques, and higher when paid in more installments, so always bare this in mind before and during negotiations.

Tenancy Agreement

Crowngate Real Estate will draft your tenancy agreement. Make sure to study the terms and conditions thoroughly. Is there a penalty for breaking the lease early? Will the landlord make you paint the apartment after move-out? Advise your lettings Manager on any points that are important to you, or that you don’t understand or agree with.



Once the tenancy contract is signed by both parties, the landlord or broker will provide you with property keys and building access cards. You will be required to connect DEWA (electricity and water), DU/Etisalat (telecommunications) and in some instances air conditioning. Crowngate Real Estate can assist you with these connections if required.

Register Contract with Ejari

You are advised to register your signed tenancy agreement with Ejari (system of registering lease contracts, governed by RERA). Tenants and landlords are jointly responsible for registering the Tenancy Contract with Ejari before or immediately after the lease start date. However, tenants generally take care of the registration and pay the related cost. Discuss with your Client Manager for clarification.


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