Whether you’re planning to study or find a work opportunity, Dubai has a lot of properties to offer for rent. But before you dip your toes in Dubai’s rental environment, there are a lot of things you need to know and consider. Continue reading to find out more about the Dubai rentals industry and how to save money when you’re planning to get your unit.
Always ask for the Landlord’s Proof of Ownership
First thing first, before signing any lease, make sure to ask the landlord to show proof that he or she owns the property. Since all payments are made via cheque, a scammer might lure you into a property he or she doesn’t own and get a down payment from you. You don’t have to think about offending the landlord or something. Showing proof of identity and ownership is a common practice, so renters can rest assured that they’re dealing with authorized people. After payment, always ask for a receipt and make the cheque payable to the landlord.
What price should you expect?
Expect any apartment for rent in Dubai to be quite expensive. The rent will not only depend on the size of your room. You will also expect to pay for other utilities such as water and the AC system. On average, a one-bedroom apartment is worth AED 110,000 or about $30,000 a year (rent in Dubai is paid annually).
The price stated is only for people who are staying in a one-bed apartment. This might not be an ideal option if you’re planning to move in with your family. Expect the prices to be higher in areas inside the City Centre. You might also want to consider other options, such as houses and villas.
Prices for furnished units are even higher; most renters recommend getting an unfurnished one and buying your furniture later on. This way, you can sell the furniture and get some of the money you spent on it once you’re living in the area.
Facilities and Entertainment Hubs
You can find all the best supermarkets, hospitals, sports, and leisure establishments near the city center. As of now, Dubai is known for its resort parks and theme parks. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to Dubai’s entertainment hubs.
Saving In Utilities Is Important
One of the things that you need to watch out for when living in Dubai is the utility expense. It’s expected that there will be times where you will need to make the AC run for a longer period because of the weather. Unfortunately, electricity, water, cooling and heating systems, and other utilities are very expensive.
A lot of water and electricity-saving techniques are being used all around the city. One of the most popular tricks to save water is to place a plastic bottle inside the toilet flush tank. It is also a common practice for frugal people to avoid taking long showers.