The things you need to know before signing a tenancy agreement

When it comes to renewing your Dubai property’s yearly lease contract, bear in mind that 90 days is the magic number. Because Dubai offers such a varied range of living options, from low-rise flats to vast, magnificent villas, RERA’s Rental Calculator allows everyone to stay put and avoid paying excessive rent increases, as well as verify their landlords’ rental increase expectations, if any.

As a Dubai renter, you should be aware of the following facts:

You must provide notice of 90 days.

Unless otherwise specified, either party (tenant or landlord) must provide 90 days’ notice of tenancy contract non-renewal. If the landlord wants to raise the rent, he or she must offer a 90-day notice period, according to the RERA index. A landlord who fails to give notice will be unable to raise the rent. If no electronic or written notification is received, the lease for a Dubai property is automatically renewed at the same rental rate and terms as the previous year.

There is a 12-month notice period necessary.

If the landlord intends to sell or use the Dubai property for his or her own personal use or the use of first-degree relatives, he or she must provide you 12 months’ written notice through notary public or registered mail before to the eviction date. This cannot be avoided.

If the landlord tries to raise the rent. What is the legal maximum they may raise it?

The landlord is only allowed to raise your rent in line with the RERA calculation, and any increase must be informed to you 90 days in advance. Each location’s rental cap is determined using the RERA calculator. If your rent is less than this amount, your landlord may increase it to the RERA rate.

RERA must be notified of the tenancy arrangement.

This avoids renting out the same Dubai residence twice in a row. If you do not register a tenancy contract dispute, the Dubai Rent Dispute Settlement Centre will not hear it.

Rent must be paid.

In Dubai, rent is often paid in accordance with the terms of the lease contract. Rent is frequently paid with post-dated checks.

A pricing change.

If you and your landlord cannot agree on a price modification prior to contract renewal, you have the right to file a case with the Rental Dispute Settlement Centre. You must pay 3.5 percent of your yearly rent in non-refundable costs (minimum AED 500, maximum AED 20,000) and visit the dispute centre before a judgment is made.


As a renter, you are not needed to renew your DEWA (Dubai Electricity & Water Authority) account every year. When you depart the Dubai property, give a copy of the final DEWA bill to the landlord or agent.

If the landlord fails to pay the building’s service charges, the tenant will be unable to access the common amenities. Is there someone the tenant can speak with about this?

In the first instance, you should contact your landlord. If they refuse to pay, you may be entitled to sue them in court. To begin, call the Dubai Rental Disputes Settlement Centre.

The rental houses that the renter is looking at are all being snapped up quickly. How can he/she place a down payment on a property and be confident that no one would undercut him/her within 24 hours?

Once you’ve paid your deposit, the property should be reserved for you and removed off the market. If you want to be certain, though, you should sign a contract as soon as possible.

Subletting a property:

According to Dubai law, “unless otherwise agreed by the parties to the lease contract, the tenant may not assign the use of or sublease the real property to other persons unless the landlord’s written approval is acquired.”

Furthermore, another legislation specifies that if the tenant sublets the property or fails to pay the rent within 30 days after receiving a notice to pay the dues, the landlord may seek eviction, which will also apply to the sub-tenant. The latter can then use the UAE’s civil procedure to recover the paid-up rent from the tenant (in this example, the sub-renting firm).


Above importantly, save duplicates of every correspondence. If you need to register a complaint with RERA or the Dubai Rental Dispute Centre, this will come in handy.

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