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Niaari 25th November 2011 05:23 AM

Ok. Possibly way too random info asked for. Can someone please guide me regarding maintainance in Dubai? What constitutes maintainance? Where does the landlord come in regarding maintainance? What is Empower? Are DEWA and Empower the same thing? There seem to be some good deals on villas in Mirdiff/Springs/Greens. What kind of maintainance I would be looking at if we chose live in a villa? I will be really, really grateful for any help! We would be looking for properties by mid December, and will have about a week to finalize. Would greatly appreciate any help.

Thanks and regards

wandabug 26th November 2011 07:14 PM

Landlord pays the maintenance/service fees. DEWA is Dubai Electricity and Water. Depending on where you live the a/c is in your DEWA bill or supplied by a separate company. Empower is a water cooling company that supplies the air con in some areas of Dubai.

Niaari 27th November 2011 07:39 PM

Hi Wandabug! Thank you so much for this info!

Would you be able to tell me DEWA bills are significantly higher in villas than in apartments?

We were in Dubai 2 years back and will be relocating again this December. 2 years back we were in a company acco and just had to pay about 400-500 AED in DEWA bills. This time around we have been given a housing allowance and so we are in a fix as we know nothing about the renting matrix. I will be very grateful for any guidance! What must we be careful about/what needs be included in the rental agreement/what can prove to be fowler's snare?

We are hopeful our daughter will be able to secure a place in DIA. What would be the most cost effective areas to rent in around DIA? Grateful thanks in advance!


Regards

Niaari 27th November 2011 07:40 PM

Hi Wandabug! Thank you so much for this info!

Would you be able to tell me if DEWA bills are significantly higher in villas than in apartments?

We were in Dubai 2 years back and will be relocating again this December. 2 years back we were in a company acco(apartment) and just had to pay about 400-500 AED in DEWA bills. This time around we have been given a housing allowance and so we are in a fix as we know nothing about the renting matrix. I will be very grateful for any guidance! What must we be careful about/what needs be included in the rental agreement/what can prove to be fowler's snare?

We are hopeful our daughter will be able to secure a place in DIA. What would be the most cost effective areas to rent in around DIA? Grateful thanks in advance!


Regards

Gilly Bean 29th November 2011 12:36 PM

The Lofts - Downtown Dubai
 
Hello there,

I'll be moving to Dubai in late December, I will be working near Sheikh Zayed Rd and was thinking about renting an apartment in the Lofts.

Does anyone know of these apartments and can they possibly provide me with some tips/advice?

Look forward to reading your comments.


Thank-you,


GB/ :)

Bigjimbo 30th November 2011 04:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gilly Bean (Post 659621)
Hello there,

I'll be moving to Dubai in late December, I will be working near Sheikh Zayed Rd and was thinking about renting an apartment in the Lofts.

Does anyone know of these apartments and can they possibly provide me with some tips/advice?

Look forward to reading your comments.


Thank-you,


GB/ :)

The lofts are small but nice. The one beds range from about 800 sq ft to I think 950. The 2 beds are again quite small but nice. East is probably the best tower as the views are unobstructed.

Gilly Bean 30th November 2011 07:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bigjimbo (Post 659982)
The lofts are small but nice. The one beds range from about 800 sq ft to I think 950. The 2 beds are again quite small but nice. East is probably the best tower as the views are unobstructed.

Wonderful, thanks for your response BJ, it's greatly appreciated. - I'm really pleased that they're nice apartments! :)

Would you know of any other apartments in the area, which are a little bigger, say 1000 sq ft upwards? I understand you handle properties in the Jumeirah area, but I don't think my budget will extend to what you have in that region. :o

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.


Thank-you,


GB/

Gilly Bean 30th November 2011 10:46 PM

Are there any further responses to my query above? Anyone, please?

Bigjimbo 4th December 2011 04:49 AM

Best advice is to have a look. I am not an expert in that area. I think Burj views are bigger but a little further away. Honestly either contact a specialist for that area or wait till you get here and arrange a day out looking.

Gilly Bean 4th December 2011 02:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bigjimbo (Post 662407)
Best advice is to have a look. I am not an expert in that area. I think Burj views are bigger but a little further away. Honestly either contact a specialist for that area or wait till you get here and arrange a day out looking.

Thank-you Big Jimbo for taking the time to respond, this is greatly appreciated.

Regards,


GB/


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