Renting an apartment in Dubai is a life-changing decision. But it’s not as easy as it looks and you might encounter several hurdles along the way. Therefore, learning some of the most common mistakes people generally make while renting an apartment in Dubai can help you in making better decisions.
1. Paying A Higher Commission To Brokers
Don’t be fooled by brokers or property managers who demand huge commissions to settle a rental deal with your prospective landlord. If you end up paying more on commission, you may have less to spend after moving into your new apartment. To avoid paying high commissions, either look for affordable agencies or use your real-estate knowledge and expertise to find a deal yourself.
2. Not Inspecting The Apartment And The Locality
Before finalising the deal, inspect the apartment thoroughly to look for any moulds, termites, or other things which may cause problems. Also, check the interior layout of the apartment to see if it’s functional, comfortable and suits for your lifestyle while being aesthetically pleasing.
Secondly, you should know the culture and environment of the neighbourhood you’re moving in. Research about its crime and theft rates, neighbourhood quarrels and if it’s suitable for families with kids, or for unmarried people?
3. Signing The Rental Contract Without Reading It
Take all the time in the world to read a contract but never ever sign a rental agreement (or any other) without going through it. If you don’t read the rental clauses and the landlord’s obligations-&-rights over you and your apartment, it may lead to issues in the future. There may be some clauses in the contract you may not agree with, which you can discuss with the landlord before signing, to avoid causing a dispute later. However, if you are already in a contract and having a rental dispute in Dubai with your landlord, you should consider taking help of a good lawyer.
4. Not Insuring Your Valuables
Property is generally insured but furniture, appliances and other items are not because that’s entirely your responsibility and not the landlords. Thus, make sure to insure all your valuables against theft or damage in the event of water leakage, fire or other calamities to save yourself from financial losses. Although insurance won’t stop accidents, it will surely provide you with financial compensation.
5. Forgetting The Transportation Factor
When renting an apartment it’s vital that you take into consideration the transportation cost and other expenditure associated with it. The new place shouldn’t be too far from your workplace, not only a longer distance adds to your transport costs but will also reduce your leisure time making your days tedious and tiring.
6. Ignoring The Noise Pollution Factors
Getting buzzed up early in the morning with distant vehicle honks, the buzz of trains and aeroplanes or worse, the deafening construction sounds will leave you fatigued throughout the day. While apartments near traffic prone areas are considered the core of Dubai city, it becomes a nuisance when you need some silence time. Your home should be a place of rest and relaxation and not a place full of chaotic sounds. So, look for an apartment which is less prone to noise pollution as possible.
7. Overlooking Water And Electricity Costs
You may spend years in an apartment only to realise you pay higher water and electricity bills compared to apartments in other areas. Ask the landlord about these costs before finalising the apartment to save your bucks. Moreover, air conditioners are the major contributor to your high electricity bill. Thus, it is recommended to set your AC temperature between 24-27 degree Celsius for a pleasant cooling atmosphere while minimizing your consumption.