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eyej 27th March 2013 12:50 PM

So I've been reading some horror stories about people being forced out because the landlord wants to sale. How can I prevent this? It appears that almost all villas are owned by individual LL. is this the case even in a compound? When we move, I have no desire to move again unless we want to. Plus, we have children and I don't want to be forced into a situation where we no longer near their school because of lack of properties in our price range IF we were backed into this situation. To sum all this rambling, are there certain properties that are run solely by the builder and not individual LL? Btw, we are looking to move to the Dubailand area. Thanks.

TallyHo 28th March 2013 04:54 AM

The villas in Dubailand (assuming we're talking about Arabian Ranches, Victory Heights, The Villa etc) are going to be privately owned and rented out by individual landlords. The one exception is Silicon Oasis where the villas are all owned by the developer.

Getting a good landlord is the luck of the draw. But there are legal safeguards for tenants in place. If the landlord wants to evict you he needs to give you a full 12 months notice. The only way he can get around it is to claim that he needs to move into the property himself but if he's discovered to have lied the penalties are stiff and he'll have to pay you compensation. Even if he sells the villa the new owners have to respect the existing lease in place.

A lot of landlords bank on the transient nature of the place and the lack of knowledge to take advantage of tenants.

When you sign a lease you must register the lease with Ejari/the rent committee. Once you do so you'll be protected but you may still have to fight with the landlord if it needs be.

I'd like to say that in all my years in Dubai and having lived in four separate properties I've never had problems with my landlords.

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Originally Posted by eyej (Post 1105539)
So I've been reading some horror stories about people being forced out because the landlord wants to sale. How can I prevent this? It appears that almost all villas are owned by individual LL. is this the case even in a compound? When we move, I have no desire to move again unless we want to. Plus, we have children and I don't want to be forced into a situation where we no longer near their school because of lack of properties in our price range IF we were backed into this situation. To sum all this rambling, are there certain properties that are run solely by the builder and not individual LL? Btw, we are looking to move to the Dubailand area. Thanks.


k2j2unk 28th March 2013 12:18 PM

In case your landlord tries to break the law, you can go to the Real Estate Regulatory Agency in DLD, Deira (RERA, dubailand.gov.ae/english/about_us/about_rera.aspx ) They're not perfect and help won't arrive overnight, but if you approach them with a positive attitude they will be on your side and can advise you of your rights. (If you come in with a disrespectful, demanding attitude, then you will get nowhere.) It helps if you have an Arabic-speaking friend (imagine, expecting you to speak the language of their country, how surprising! ;-) ), but most agents speak some English.

nikkisizer 29th March 2013 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by sheena_164 (Post 1101955)
Can anyone advise me how to find apartments in Dubai. Is it like the uk where u go to an agency and they find you accommodation or do you have to find it all yourself??

Hi sheena_164,

Agents are used mostly, you may strike lucky and be able to deal with the Landlord directly but this is rare.

Check out this website which you may find of use:

Dubai Property Dubai Real Estate? Rent, Buy, Sale Dubai Properties, Dubai Apartments and Villas with Better Homes. Manage or Investment Property in Dubai with us.

Good luck!

sheena_164 29th March 2013 01:33 PM

Thanks so much....not long till we're there sooooo nervous

nikkisizer 29th March 2013 01:37 PM

It'll all be fine, you'll see :)

everest15 29th March 2013 03:41 PM

Hi, just a quick post for any new people in Dubai who, like me, needed to find a place temporarily and for a reasonable price without signing long fixed contract leases...
This is my experience, after spending a months scouring Dubai for a decent pay-per-month room to live in:

1. The only good source of leads I have found is either Dubizzle website or word of mouth. (there are other papers/sites, but they either gave rubbish leads or were simply copies of what you could see on Dubizzle

2. Hundreds of people look at every accommodation ad in dubizzle, and if a good deal appears it can be gone in less than 10 hours. So check Dubizzle frequently and call any good deals immediately.

3. Expect 3 in every 4 dubizzle ads to turn out in reality to be a lot worse than you expected and statements like "3 mins from the metro" to be at least double that figure.

4. I found it much better not to call landlords, but instead to let them call me - put in your own ad in Dubizzle (and in corner shop windows or newspaper classified) and within a few days you'll get 4 or 5 landlords call or email you...of which half will be much better,nicer places than those advertised for all to see.
(Many of the more reliable,genuine landlords don't advertise their rooms, because they don't want to be disturbed by hundreds of annoying phone calls. They prefer to look through the wanted list in Dubizzle and call you.

5. If you put a room/rent wanted ad anywhere, make sure you word it well with appropriate information. Most of the really nice private landlords are concerned about what kind of tenant they'll end up with...they're more likely to call if you sell-yourself well in the ad.. eg: put in where you're from, definitely state it if you're a employed in a professional job here. Write the date you need to move in. Definitely write your gender! (if you're female you'll get 3 times more and better leads than if you're male).

6. Be quite specific about the areas you're interested in for the rental...if you're not specific then you might get a ton of phonecalls from landlords with rooms in Warsan int-city for example...and you probably wouldn't wanna live there (unless you're really on a tight budget).

7. There's really no such thing as a cheap deal in areas: Marina, Tecom, Jumeira beaches or Knowledge village/internet city. In those areas expect to pay min 3600 per month for a room or 1600 sharing with someone. (unless you're female..then it's cheaper and more options).

8. If you have a car and don't mind commuting (eg from Sharjah) , or living in a less pleasant area, then you can find a reasonable room for 2200 or 1100 sharing with someone.

9. Be very exact with the landlord when you call about the overall cost. Does it include DEWA (bills), does it include extras that they make you pay such as cleaning-lady/aircon surcharge. Do they expect 2 months straight up front. Do they expect a big deposit upfront?

madhu123 30th March 2013 01:50 PM

Accomodation for 2 months
 
Need accommodation in "Bur Dubai" locality for 2 months. I am highly on budget.

What are the options before me except just like staying 25 people in 1 room.

Need a decent option may be 1 bed room and small kitchen.

What can be rent & deposit/advance for this?

What people educated professional from India on budget do in similar cases?

What is rental trend in Sharjah? How much cheaper than Bur Dubai?

Thanks in advance.

everest15 30th March 2013 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by madhu123 (Post 1108954)
Need accommodation in "Bur Dubai" locality for 2 months. I am highly on budget.

What are the options before me except just like staying 25 people in 1 room.
Need a decent option may be 1 bed room and small kitchen.
What can be rent & deposit/advance for this?

What people educated professional from India on budget do in similar cases?
What is rental trend in Sharjah? How much cheaper than Bur Dubai?
Thanks in advance.

You can get all that information by looking through the room classifieds in Dubizzle (Property for rent / rooms for rent....type in a maximum price and type the area you want in "neighbourhoods".

heidipolk 30th March 2013 03:25 PM

Thanks Everest - I'm looking for short-term rental for when I first arrive and your comments are definitely helpful!


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