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Renting in Dubai: A South African's FAQ Guide to Payments

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Renting in Dubai: A South African's FAQ Guide to Payments

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Q: What's the usual payment frequency in Dubai?

A: The most common arrangement is quarterly payments, meaning you pay rent every 3 months. Some landlords might offer upfront payment, monthly or bi-monthly options, but quarterly is the standard.

Q: How do I actually pay the rent?

A: You have several options:

  • Bank transfers: This is a convenient method. Most landlords provide their bank account details, and you can simply transfer the amount electronically.
  • Cheques: While still used, cheques are popular. If your landlord prefers this method, make sure you have enough funds in your account before issuing the cheque. Provided you have a UAE bank account.
  • Cash: While not recommended, some landlords might accept cash payments. Just be extra cautious and get a receipt for every payment.

Q: What about security deposits?

A: Landlords in Dubai typically require a security deposit, usually equivalent to 5% of the annual rental if it is unfurnished and 10% if it is furnished. This deposit is held to cover any damage at the end of your tenancy.

Q: Are there any additional fees I should be aware of?

A: Yes, there might be some additional costs like:

  • Agency fees: If you use a real estate agent to find your apartment, they might charge you a fee, usually 5% of the annual rental amount.
  • Maintenance fees: Some buildings have a monthly maintenance fee that covers things like cleaning, security, and common area upkeep. This fee is usually included in the advertised rent.
  • Utilities: You'll be responsible for paying for your own utilities like water, electricity, and internet.

Q: Any other tips for renting in Dubai?

A: Absolutely! Here are a few bonus points:

  • Read the lease agreement carefully: Make sure you understand all the terms and conditions before signing anything.
  • Get everything in writing: If you agree on anything verbally with your landlord, make sure to get it confirmed in writing afterwards.
  • Communicate openly: If you have any questions or concerns about your rent or the property, don't hesitate to talk to your landlord.

Remember, renting in a new city can be a bit overwhelming, but with this information and a bit of research, you'll be navigating the Dubai rental scene like a pro in no time!


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Published 09 Jan 2024 / Views -
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