Renting a property in Dubai? Know your rights

We list the top 9 things you need to know about renting an apartment in Dubai — either before you rent, whilst renting, or when (uh oh!) you’re evicted or just looking to move. Follow these simple rules for a trouble-free renting experience in the city.

Rule #1: Work only with RERA-registered brokers.
If your broker does not have a Broker ID card, work with someone else.

Rule #2: Register your contract with Ejari to make it legal.
Go to any typing center with your documents and register your contract with Ejari by paying AED 195 fee. Deposits, such as security deposits or others, should also be stated in your Ejari. Ensure that you get a receipt for the deposit and retain this along with proof of ownership of the property and a copy of the landlord’s passport.

Rule #3: Your landlord cannot raise your rent on a whim according to Decree No (43) of 2013.
If he/she does so, you can file a case with the Rent Committee based on Decree No (26) of 2013.

Rule #4: Increase in rent must follow the Rent Index set by RERA.

  • If your rent is up to 10% less than the average rental value of similar units, your landlord cannot increase your rent.
  • If your rent is 11-20% less than the average rent of similar properties in the area, the landlord is legally entitled to a rent increase by 5%.
  • Your landlord can hike your rent by 10% if your current rate is 20-30% lower than the going value.
  • A 15% increase can be made if your rent falls short by 30-40% of the average rent.
  • Your rent can be increased by 20% if your rent is more than 40% less than the average rental value of similar units.

Rule #5: Use the rental calculator to know how much your landlord can legally raise the rent.

How does it work?

  • Visit
  • Click on the rental increase calculator link located in the ‘Most Used Services’ section.
  • Select the ‘Start the Service’ link.
  • Enter the tenancy contract expiry date, area, property type, number of bedrooms and your current annual rent.
  • Once you submit this information, click on the ‘Calculate rental increase’ button to know the amount that your landlord can legally raise the rent by.

Rule #6: Your landlord should give you a 90-day notice period should he or she wish to raise the rent.

Rule #7: A landlord can only request eviction by giving a 12 months’ written notice. This notice should be in the form of a notarized document or sent via registered mail.

Rule #8: If your landlord wishes to sell his or her property, he has to give you 12 months’ written notice.

Rule #9: If a landlord has asked you to evict the property due to him or his immediate next of kin moving in, then for 2 years from the date of the eviction, he/she cannot re-let the property.

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In the meantime, if you’re looking for a place to move into for the new year, we’ve got loads of exciting options for you. Explore Dubai’s latest properties for rent.

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