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rsinner 10th March 2013 06:17 AM

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Originally Posted by TallyHo (Post 1082873)
The landlord isn't allowed to raise your rent for the second year if you're only in your first year of the lease. The rent must stay the same, according to the law.

Even after the second year the landlord is only allowed to raise the rent by 5% if the current rent is more than 25% below market value.

Still, I can see the advantage of wanting something even cheaper than 70K. Look at Silicon Oasis. 40K will get you a decent one bedroom comparable to a one bedroom in the Greens. Unlike a few years ago DSO is coming into its own with a range of shops and restaurants opening up and like the Greens there's a fair amount of greenery. Plus it's only 20 minutes from anywhere in Dubai.

Actually the landlord ARE allowed to increase the rent after 1 year. The law has changed. But they can only increase the rent by a small percentage if your rent is below the "market" rent for that area (as per the RERA Index) by 25% or more. The rental increase calculator is the best way to see that :: eServices ::

Seeing that so many landlords are now trying to cash in probably you can choose to fight it out, if your contract is already registered with Ejari (without which you really have no rights).

@Ziokendo - DO NOT move to DG. After the Greens, you will HATE your life in Dubai (mainly because of the traffic more than anything else). Also, no pools if that is important.

ziokendo 10th March 2013 10:05 AM

I have registered my contract with Ejari at the time, but anyway is a non renewable 1 year contract, meaning that if I want to renew I need to sign a brand new one. So the way I understand it won't work ...

Seeing the online ads I probably can easily find another similar apartment at 70k in the greens, especially now that after one year in Dubai I have some savings piled up and I can be flexible on the cheques, so worst case I will just change apartment and pay again the agent which is not a big deal (3-4k aed).

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Originally Posted by rsinner (Post 1083198)
Seeing that so many landlords are now trying to cash in probably you can choose to fight it out, if your contract is already registered with Ejari (without which you really have no rights).

@Ziokendo - DO NOT move to DG. After the Greens, you will HATE your life in Dubai (mainly because of the traffic more than anything else). Also, no pools if that is important.

Thanks for the advice. I also visited sports city in sunlight and it felt awful (i have previously seen it just passing by)

So the only cheap option standing would seem Silicon Oasis....

I have also visited MotorCity, inside is REALLY nice, the houses are HUGE, but I see prices going up to 60k aed for 1 br + district cooling (that you don't pay in the greens), so I am not so sure a 5k aed saving a year would be worth the hassle.

What about Emirates road from motorcity up to the silicon oasis junction to go in Zabeel direction in the morning ?
(I work in Bur Dubai, I have also tried to find some apartments there, but the good choices are very limited and it seems they are keen on renting just to indian families ... probably they prefer someone with very long term prospectives, kids at school here, etc).

rsinner 10th March 2013 11:19 AM

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Originally Posted by ziokendo (Post 1083374)
I have registered my contract with Ejari at the time, but anyway is a non renewable 1 year contract, meaning that if I want to renew I need to sign a brand new one. So the way I understand it won't work ...

Seeing the online ads I probably can easily find another similar apartment at 70k in the greens, especially now that after one year in Dubai I have some savings piled up and I can be flexible on the cheques, so worst case I will just change apartment and pay again the agent which is not a big deal (3-4k aed).



Thanks for the advice. I also visited sports city in sunlight and it felt awful (i have previously seen it just passing by)

So the only cheap option standing would seem Silicon Oasis....

I have also visited MotorCity, inside is REALLY nice, the houses are HUGE, but I see prices going up to 60k aed for 1 br + district cooling (that you don't pay in the greens), so I am not so sure a 5k aed saving a year would be worth the hassle.

What about Emirates road from motorcity up to the silicon oasis junction to go in Zabeel direction in the morning ?
(I work in Bur Dubai, I have also tried to find some apartments there, but the good choices are very limited and it seems they are keen on renting just to indian families ... probably they prefer someone with very long term prospectives, kids at school here, etc).

Of course its your choice whether you want to save further on rent, but you do not have to move if you dont want to. But even if it is a one year non renewable contract, all rent contracts are by law renewable. Unless you agree with the LL otherwise, the contract will renew automatically at the same terms as the previous contract if you dont sign a new one. If you sign a new one, you dont have to agree to a rent increase higher than what RERA mandates.

If you dont have family, and saving on rent is the only motivation, I would also suggest that you look at Al Barsha or TECOM. Both are very convenient. Another option closer to Bur Dubai is Oud Metha and the Lamcy Plaza area. Not sure if there are too many ads online, but if you walk around Lamcy Plaza there would be lots of options. Walk further away from Lamcy, and around the movenpick hotel and American hospital there are tonnes of newish buildings [this area http://goo.gl/maps/MOa5v] . Then there are some fancy apartments behind Al Nasr Leisureland and surrounding area managed by Rocky Real Estate (could google I think). Some buildings in that area as well, and no construction. [Basically this area http://goo.gl/maps/iiMGQ]. Not sure how much cheaper they would be though.

ziokendo 10th March 2013 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by rsinner (Post 1083444)
If you dont have family, and saving on rent is the only motivation, I would also suggest that you look at Al Barsha or TECOM. Both are very convenient. Another option closer to Bur Dubai is Oud Metha and the Lamcy Plaza area. Not sure if there are too many ads online, but if you walk around Lamcy Plaza there would be lots of options. Walk further away from Lamcy [...] Not sure how much cheaper they would be though.

I really appreciate all your tips, thanks.

You'd be surprised at how much the rents in Tecom are increasing, there are lots of hotel aparts that are all fully booked because of the increasing Saudi "long stay" tourism.

Last year you could get 1BR fully serviced for 85 in Gloria and 75 in Yassat (the mammoth building on tecom side opposite gloria), I believe that now is respectively 120 and 95k aed.

You can still find a decent regular apt now and then, but price are similar than in the greens now, as crazy as it might seem. In JLT as well also the towers on the back or far from the metro are definitely picking up, despite the recent accident.

As most of the "cool people" are moving to downtown the marina is beginning to look convenient if it wasn't for the insane traffic! Nuff said ;)

TallyHo 10th March 2013 03:07 PM

If you want to save money take another look at Silicon Oasis. I've lived in the Greens for several years and enjoy the place but in the last few months the substantially cheaper rents at Silicon Oasis have become more appealing. A few years ago the place was just another construction zone like Sports City but it's not so bad now with additional greenery and a range of shops and supermarkets and it's no more "far out" than Arabian Ranches is. Given that I work in the Dubai Airport Free Zone, Silicon Oasis would also be much more convenient, cutting the commute by half. Plus, I don't think Silicon Oasis is any further away from Downtown than the Greens or the Marina are.

I also agree that it's unusual that Tecom isn't cheaper - its rents (asking rents at least) are now almost comparable to the Greens despite that the Greens is "nicer." Which only proves that the Dubai property market is bizarre. Perhaps it's because of the annual influx of naive new residents who grab the first apartment they see.

newguydubai 17th March 2013 03:51 PM

Hi All,

My apartment search is down to Tennis tower in sports city and Mirage building in silicon oasis (2bed). My wife and two daughters (2years, 6 months) will be coming over in a month's time.

I'm more inclined towards sports city even though it is purely a construction site in comparison with silicon oasis. A couple of questions if someone could clarify for me:

- Are there any malls (or even small shops or a small grocery shop) planned for sports city?
- Since there is a lot of construction going on, how bad is the noise within the apartments? Is it liveable or not?
- In case of events at the international cricket stadium, how bad would it be from traffic point of view? (not that it would be a frequent event, but just wanted to know)
- Are there any extra AC/Chiller charges in sports city?

Thanks all in advance for quick replies since I need to finalize soon!!!

Best Regards!

AVO 18th March 2013 03:40 PM

Dear members,
I am in a dilema, and need help.

i am getting a 1 bed room appartment in jlt size 1080 approx , decently done up in a good tower and then i am getting a 1155 sqft huge 1b/r in executive towers business bay .. for 5k per year more.
in both the places i will be paying chiller charges.
only thing is in executive towers i will have to buy a stove and a fridge, where as i wouldnt have to do that in jlt.
my work place is close to union house , where the big uae flag is . so there will be a massive saving in commute and time.

how is the cost of living in business bay compared to jlt?
are maids etc expensive or easy to find?

i have a small daughter who is 16 months, so v soon i will need a nursery as well.. considering that aspect which would be a better location? i know there are number of nurseries in jlt , is it the same in business bay? i dont have a car yet, and even if i do get one in the future , my wife doesnt have a licence, and thus taking the baby to nursery would most probably be by taxi/ metro.

pls help me take the call...

thnx

oalhumaidi 19th March 2013 07:01 AM

Great info

Bigjimbo 19th March 2013 08:05 AM

Thanks

FlyingScotsman 21st March 2013 03:41 PM

Hi Bigjmbo and everyone else!

I will be heading over to Dubai at the start of next week to look for accomadation. We are looking for 3 to 4 bedrooms with an allowance of 195,000 aed. Looking online looks like we would only manage 3 bed in Palm Jumeirah? Not sure Bigjimbo if you cover property anywhere else other than the Palm?

Other places i am keen to see is Arabian Ranches, JBR and Dubai Marina. If anyone else has any suggestions feel free to comment.

Can you PM me your contact details as i dont think i can send PM's as of yet?

Thanks in advance

Andy


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