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Volsfan 10th June 2012 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by kisywisy (Post 805883)
is mirdif a no-go for a family?? i read on the first page they are mostly privately owned and under the flight path. is it really that noisy?? i lived next to a railway station growing up, which really didn't bother me, so is it loud enough to actually cause problems?? i probably wouldn't buy a property under a flight path as resale value and interest would be crap, but it's just renting.

what sort of people would stay there??

i quite like the sound of a gated community. what is the green community market like??

I lived in Mirdif before. There will be areas that are off the flight path, and and some directly under it. We inherited a villa in the latter category and it was miserable. You really need to go to the place and check it out a couple of times to see what you can stand.

Mirdif will be most villas and is a family area. You won't have issues with that.. City center is a definite bonus. One other downside is traffic at certain times is horrible.. The road next to the city center over emirates road backs up about a km in the afternoon.

I was not impressed with either sharooq or gharoob when I looked at them. Small and badly laid out.

hungrytiger86 10th June 2012 10:15 PM

Question on rent
 
I have been checking on dubizzle and there seems to be some apartments/flats in my budget bracket and found the site very useful! :)

However am i right in saying that 5% of the rent is known as housing allowance and has to be paid every month?

So eg if an apartment was for 40,000 AED for the year would i have to pay 2000 AED (5%) on top every month for the housing allowance ? or is the 2000 AED broken down over 12 monthly instalments? I know it sounds like a daft question but would appreciate your help.

Also Agent fees on dubizzle some state 2500 and some 3500 AED, are these paid as a one off ?

Apart from the Housing allowance, DEWA are there any other major costs i would need to consider for housing/accomodation?

In the UK most tennants have contents insurance.. anything like that needed to be taken out?

Thanks in advance

JusAdy_Glasgow 10th June 2012 10:30 PM

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Originally Posted by hungrytiger86
I have been checking on dubizzle and there seems to be some apartments/flats in my budget bracket and found the site very useful! :)

However am i right in saying that 5% of the rent is known as housing allowance and has to be paid every month?

So eg if an apartment was for 40,000 AED for the year would i have to pay 2000 AED (5%) on top every month for the housing allowance ? or is the 2000 AED broken down over 12 monthly instalments? I know it sounds like a daft question but would appreciate your help.

Also Agent fees on dubizzle some state 2500 and some 3500 AED, are these paid as a one off ?

Apart from the Housing allowance, DEWA are there any other major costs i would need to consider for housing/accomodation?

In the UK most tennants have contents insurance.. anything like that needed to be taken out?

Thanks in advance

The housing allowance is split into 12 monthly payments not a 1-off but I believe the agents commission is paid upfront.

Just need to add on your tv/broadband package to your bills & you're pretty much covered.

Also, transport - could be a significant time/cost depending on where you live & work.

I think the insurance situation is the same a tenants get contents insurance but I'm not sure where the best place to get this would be

Bigjimbo 11th June 2012 05:13 AM

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Originally Posted by JusAdy_Glasgow (Post 808683)
The housing allowance is split into 12 monthly payments not a 1-off but I believe the agents commission is paid upfront.

Just need to add on your tv/broadband package to your bills & you're pretty much covered.

Also, transport - could be a significant time/cost depending on where you live & work.

I think the insurance situation is the same a tenants get contents insurance but I'm not sure where the best place to get this would be

Hardly anybody has insurance here as there is very little crime. The housing fee is correct. It is 5% of the total rent divided by 12 and added each month to the DEWA bill.

JohnJ. 11th June 2012 06:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Bigjimbo

Hardly anybody has insurance here as there is very little crime. The housing fee is correct. It is 5% of the total rent divided by 12 and added each month to the DEWA bill.

It's not only crime. What about damage, fire, third party liability etc? Eg: What will happen if several apartments get destroyed due to you. These accidents happen all the time.

rsinner 11th June 2012 07:08 AM

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Originally Posted by JohnJ. (Post 808921)
It's not only crime. What about damage, fire, third party liability etc? Eg: What will happen if several apartments get destroyed due to you. These accidents happen all the time.

They do. In the last few months alone fires in Sharjah have gutted upwards of 100 flats each.
Just the mindset or whatever it is, but most people do not buy insurance. Also maybe because they are expats here, so not as well settled or not as many possessions here as there are "back home".
I suspect that once you start hunting for the insurance here you will find that (a) there are not too many options, (b) pricing may be a bit high

minimal 17th June 2012 01:38 PM

Double post

minimal 17th June 2012 01:47 PM

Hi Guys

Does anyone recommend an area with reasonably priced Villas, within driving distance to Al Quoz industrial areas? My budget is 75k - preferably 2 bedrooms with a garden?

I should be moving out in the first half of next month (July 12)

Thanks

Al

Franzouz 18th June 2012 12:22 AM

Dear all,

First of all I am a French young graduate who will move to Dubai from August 1st. I was offered a "VIE" (a French international corporate placement programme for young professionals for those who don't know) at one of the world's leading luxury goods company.

I would like to know if the housing allowance is, regarding the region's standards, enough or not? Indeed, I will receive a 60K AED allowance/year for the rent. Besides that, my monthly salary will be, I guess, comfortable for a single mid-20's yo guy like me. As a matter of fact I could push my HA up to 75k AED a year. I have heard that with this amount, the maximum I can target is a studio or a 1 BR depending on the district. Do you confirm? I would like to live either around Dubai Marina for its quality of life or Downtown as it will apparently be close to my office (the offices are in the Emirates Towers).

Looking forward to your help/advices I wish you a very good week.

See you soon Dubai!

Bigjimbo 18th June 2012 04:30 AM

Check out the Loft apartment buildings near the Burj. For a young single guy they have some beautiful one bed with awesome views. My friend lived in one last year. The rent should be about 70-80k


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