When searching in Dubai condos and villas for rent, it can at first appear quite a daunting task. However the ability to say outright your needs and what you really require will make the whole process a lot simpler and narrow down your search a considerable deal. You must make sure that you are asking the right questions and that all problem areas have been covered before you sign the lease. Normally, once you have gone ahead and signed the contract, you are then typically committed for the total duration of the contract.
Determine your needs
Price range: Price is probably the most important consideration. After all if you can’t afford it, then the rest doesn’t really matter. Firstly you need decide how much you can afford to spend. For most people this will narrow down your options to a large degree. Don’t forget to factor in utility costs, municipality charges, parking and your usual monthly bills. Knowing your price range and the above costs from the beginning will focus your search, saving you time. In Dubai prices vary considerably, depending on if it is furnished or unfurnished, and most importantly as is the case anywhere, location remains supreme in determining costs. You will always be paying more for the fashionable areas like Jumeirah.
Location: Whilst Dubai isn’t that big a city, with the traffic situation, location does make a big difference. It is also important that the neighbourhood you choose to live in is well suited to your needs and those of your family. And of course, think about the distance and time from your work place or schools. How big an issue for you is a long commute every day? Traffic in Dubai has gradually got worse, and especially during peek times it can become very slow moving. Would this become and issue on a daily basis? All of this should therefore be taken into consideration when renting.
Type of apartment: Of course apartment size is also going to play a large factor, although it is clearly linked to price. Consider the size of apartment that your family will need and the space you require for your furniture and other possessions. Would a 500 square feet apartment suffice, or will you need something closer to the region of 1000Sq Ft? Will a one-room bachelor be adequate or do you require a one, two or three bedroom apartment? The bigger the apartment and the more bedrooms, the larger the rent you can expect to pay will be.
Features and amenities: In Dubai, the level of amenities included in apartment buildings can vary a great deal. Decide what features you need or desire in your future home and then go from there. What is more important to you? Is it an en suite bathroom or is an on-site laundry facility a must or do you not mind trips to the dry cleaners? Do you want the convenience of a dishwasher, an on-site gym or pool, a balcony etc? Or is 24-hour security more of a priority. All the above issues are worth considering.
Inspect the apartment: It may sound obvious but never rent an apartment without a prior viewing. It is a must that you tour the apartment and examine it closely for problems. Don’t just take anyone’s word for it Areas that require closer inspection include:
The building: Most apartment buildings in Dubai are very new, and are likely in good repair. But it is always worth a few moments to check. Look at the state of repair outside and inside, and check if common areas kept clean and in good repair? Are the walls in need of paint or is the plaster crumbling? If maintenance appears to be lacking it could be a sign of a larger underlying problem or poor building management.
The apartment: When you initially enter the apartment, do take note of general appearance and upkeep of the surroundings. Is the carpet or floor new, or old and worn? What about the walls, are there any visible cracks or do they look in need of paint? And importantly check for staining on the roof or walls as this is often the first sign of a water leak. Check all light switches and outlets to ensure they are working.
The bathroom/kitchen: Check faucets for water pressure and hot water. Examine for leaks and look under the sink and around the tub or shower stall for any signs of leaks and water damage. Flush the toilet to ensure it drains properly, and gently press tiles to check for potential damage and leaks.
Questions to ask before you sign the lease
When signing a lease for your new rental home there are some key questions you would do well to ask. It is important to ask your landlord about important details in regards to building regulations and of course with regards to your lease details. The lease is there to provide both landlord and tenant with protection, so make sure you know what you are signing, and have all agreements in writing. Questions might include:
• Length of the lease?
• Extra costs/ utilities included in price?
• Other costs you might have to cover?
• What changes can you make?
• Deposit size?
• When can I move in?