Expats (non-Emiratis) looking to rent a house or an apartment in the UAE – whether in a compound or part of a private property – are required to provide a copy of their passport, their UAE residency visa, and copies of their roommates’ passports if applicable.
According to The Real Estate Regulatory Agency, the landlord must provide a 90-day notice before making any changes to the lease agreement, revoking it, or increasing the rental. A 10% increase is deemed legal under the Dubai law if the rental value is 21-30% less than the average rental of similar properties within the same area. A 15% increase can be tacked onto the rental if the value of the latter is 31-40% less than similar units within the same community. The maximum rental increase is 20% if the current rental value is 40% less than similar units within the same area.
In the Emirates, there are four main reasons that allow the landlord to refuse a lease renewal or evict a tenant:
Landlords in the UAE mainly accept rental payments on a quarterly basis, but the tenant must pay the utilities on a monthly basis. However, it has been known that landlords can be flexible depending on the property location. The tenant should research the location they are considering and discuss with the (potential) landlord what works for both parties.