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Bigjimbo 5th June 2013 03:37 PM

Pleased that it has had an enduring impact and glad I spent a sunday writing it then!

stamboy 5th June 2013 04:10 PM

Definitely very worthwhile

alexclinton 5th June 2013 06:51 PM

Go for the Dubai Classified ads websites ...... you will get list of apartments for rent .... just contact them through there

Mithil 7th June 2013 08:51 AM

hey BigJimbo & TallyHo.....thanks for the information....i had a query....i m about to finalise on an apartment in JLT and I have the owners Title deed.....the question is that the title deed says that the owner is Noor Islamic Bank and the Leasee (person's name) is the guy who has rented it out to me.....so does this mean that the property is mortgage (person has taken a loan from Noor Islamic Bank)...i suppose to meet the landlord on Saturday (tomorrow)...any questions i need to keep in mind...clarification that i might require....do let me know...thanks guys

travertine 7th June 2013 07:04 PM

Hi

I couldn't find a specific posting in this thread but wanted some feedback if possible.

My wife and I selected a villa and we've been in the place since 20th March. The property manager seems to be fairly responsive (i.e. work was done prior to moving in and some repairs have been done since then). However, there are a few things that trouble me:

1) We have an EJARI form which suggests that our agreement/contract has been registered. However, we were only shown a draft agreement and no final agreement was ever signed. How then can the EJARI process be completed if there is no contract. I've seen in other threads a list of necessary documents for the EJARI. I've repeatedly asked for the contract so that I know the terms and conditions but with no success. My concern here is that at the end of the first year we will be screwed.

2) We paid AED10,000 as a one-off maintenance fee (regardless of how long we stay in the property) and then a couple of weeks later were told that it was being refunded. The landlord reportedly had realised that they should cover all maintenance costs. But only half of the money was returned. This leads to point 3.

3) We found the villa after working with an agent, who then linked up with another agent who reportedly had exclusive rights to letting the property. We agreed to take the property and worked with both agents to complete the process. My understanding from both of them was that the commission would be split evenly. However, when it came to sharing the funds it got messy. Apparently the villa is owned and managed through a real estate company. So the real estate company took 50% of the commission straight away for letting their own property (!!!!!) and the agents who did the work were supposedly left with 25% each. One of the agents has told me that this is very common practise in Dubai. The guys doing all the leg work and showings seem to get a bad deal. When the maintenance levy was being returned to me one of the agents decided to keep half of it which approximated to her full share of the commission (i.e. 50% rather than the 25%). She has since disappeared and the agent who has exclusive rights to the property has pleaded lack of income to reimburse me.

It's a great property in a nice area and the other tenants in the compound are long term and seem to be happy. So clearly something is working well but I can't help but feel that things aren't quite right. I've lived in enough places to know that sometimes things can be a bit rubbery and one should just go with the flow but I have my suspicions.

Bigjimbo 8th June 2013 04:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Mithil (Post 1195831)
hey BigJimbo & TallyHo.....thanks for the information....i had a query....i m about to finalise on an apartment in JLT and I have the owners Title deed.....the question is that the title deed says that the owner is Noor Islamic Bank and the Leasee (person's name) is the guy who has rented it out to me.....so does this mean that the property is mortgage (person has taken a loan from Noor Islamic Bank)...i suppose to meet the landlord on Saturday (tomorrow)...any questions i need to keep in mind...clarification that i might require....do let me know...thanks guys

This is fine. Islamic finance means that the bank own it until paid but the Landlord still has full rights to do anything with the propertry.

Roadworrier 8th June 2013 06:14 AM

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Originally Posted by travertine (Post 1196398)
Hi

I couldn't find a specific posting in this thread but wanted some feedback if possible.

My wife and I selected a villa and we've been in the place since 20th March. The property manager seems to be fairly responsive (i.e. work was done prior to moving in and some repairs have been done since then). However, there are a few things that trouble me:

1) We have an EJARI form which suggests that our agreement/contract has been registered. However, we were only shown a draft agreement and no final agreement was ever signed. How then can the EJARI process be completed if there is no contract. I've seen in other threads a list of necessary documents for the EJARI. I've repeatedly asked for the contract so that I know the terms and conditions but with no success. My concern here is that at the end of the first year we will be screwed.

2) We paid AED10,000 as a one-off maintenance fee (regardless of how long we stay in the property) and then a couple of weeks later were told that it was being refunded. The landlord reportedly had realised that they should cover all maintenance costs. But only half of the money was returned. This leads to point 3.

3) We found the villa after working with an agent, who then linked up with another agent who reportedly had exclusive rights to letting the property. We agreed to take the property and worked with both agents to complete the process. My understanding from both of them was that the commission would be split evenly. However, when it came to sharing the funds it got messy. Apparently the villa is owned and managed through a real estate company. So the real estate company took 50% of the commission straight away for letting their own property (!!!!!) and the agents who did the work were supposedly left with 25% each. One of the agents has told me that this is very common practise in Dubai. The guys doing all the leg work and showings seem to get a bad deal. When the maintenance levy was being returned to me one of the agents decided to keep half of it which approximated to her full share of the commission (i.e. 50% rather than the 25%). She has since disappeared and the agent who has exclusive rights to the property has pleaded lack of income to reimburse me.

It's a great property in a nice area and the other tenants in the compound are long term and seem to be happy. So clearly something is working well but I can't help but feel that things aren't quite right. I've lived in enough places to know that sometimes things can be a bit rubbery and one should just go with the flow but I have my suspicions.

You said there is "no final agreement". I think you need to press whoever the leasing agent was for that. Especially if the landlord is Emirati, they will prety much do whatever they want. Even with signed leases, we know at least two people who got thrown out in the middle of the lease or when the landlord decided to sell or "rent to his son" (but then put the place up for sale). In both cases, neither agreement was Ejari registered. In this case, RERA doesn't seem to help. The local person will ALWAYS be able to do whatever he wants.

travertine 9th June 2013 05:31 PM

Thanks for your thoughts. I will continue pushing for the contract.

thetravelmanic 10th June 2013 01:44 PM

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all the helpful advice, it's great to see that we all have a common interest to share and help one another.

I wanted to ask for the opinions of the people living in Dubai on which would of the following would be the best to live in and why. I'm a teacher and will be starting at a school in Emirates Hills in late August so somewhere close to there would be best. My budget is 50,000 for a one bedroom apartment.

Dubai Motor City
Dubai Sports City
Jumeriah Village Circle
Discovery Gardens

Thank you!

pkrjohn 12th June 2013 02:36 PM

Hey,
This is my first post here. I hope you can help me out a little.
I'm looking for a luxury 1br furnished rental in Dubai (downtown) later on this autumn. Have been looking at the Address and Burj Khalifa but also a bit cheaper options like The Lofts, Standpoint, 28 blvd, the Residences and so on... When looking on dubizzle the rentals is yearly. Is it possible to find shorter rentals like 2-3 months or do I have to sign up yearly?
I dont have a working visa and planning to do visa runs for my stay. I will consider buying a place and get a visa from that later on.

Will they ask for a visa when I'm renting a place or are they okey with me just doing visa runs from now?

Also if someone have a recomendations for a certain Tower that would be cool. Im between 25-30 and looking for a nice place with a younger vibe.


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