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m1key 19th April 2013 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by jbonkers (Post 1136038)
Hi all, I am moving to Dubai in June with my partner (we are not married) and I have looked for answers to my queries on this thread - and although I have had a few queries answered I am conscious they were posted a year ago in some cases so I want to make sure I am getting the latest information as from what I can gather Dubai is ever changing!

Regarding accommodation I have the first month in a hotel but after that I am on my own!

I am looking for a two bed apartment in the areas of (JLT, Marina, Tecom, JBR etc) and my budget is 100k over at least 4 cheque's - I can't afford to stump up for 1 cheque's upfront!

You might find a 2 bed with 4 cheques in those areas a challenge with your budget. Not impossible, but most will be wanting 1-2 cheques. Best bet is try and get a loan of your company and pay back monthly out of your salary.

Would I be unwise with trying to deal with the landlord directly as the agents fees seem pretty high? I have looked at Dubizzle and all the apartments seem to be agent only and from what I can gather from the feedback on here the agents seem to be just hassle for a fee of 4500 or so! Is there a certain website I should look at whereby it deals with the owners directly?

Most landlords use agents as there is no cost to them to do so and it saves them hassle. There are some landlords that will advertise, but not many. You could try posting an ad on Dubizzle. Be specific in what you are looking for so as not to get every weirdo in Dubai offering you unsuitable stuff.

Second question is if I do have to deal with an agent can you recommend a good trustworthy one that covers apartments in the above areas? Judging by here better homes seem quite good but they have very few places on their site?

Third Question :) Are security deposits a standard in every apartment?

You'll be asked for 5% security deposit. Some may ask for more.

Last question :) As we are unmarried, I intend to refer to my partner as my wife everywhere we go but when it comes to the landlord asking who I will be living with will a marraige cert be requested? Should I put all bills in my name too as I will have the work/resident visa? My partner is concerned about this-as long as we respect our neighbours in the form of no late night parties etc is there anything else I need to be wary of or have prepared should we get a knock on the door?

You shouldn't need a certificate. All bills will have to be in your name. Keep a low profile and generally you should be fine.

Sorry for all the queries any advice would be great :)

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Graham50 19th April 2013 04:48 PM

Another newbie
 
Hi all,
Have just arrived in the UAE and will be starting the long and difficult road towards renting somewhere to live. I have heard of all the horror stories of landlords and agents trying to get every last penny out of your pocket, and am therefore looking for some help/advice on locations and reasonable prices. My main issue is walking into the unknown and not being aware of all the trip hazards along the way.
I am not in any particular hurry to rent my final accommodation as I will be in an apartment for up to 4 months, however at the end of this time I will be looking for a 3 bed with study and maids room somewhere in the springs/Arabian ranches part of town. Are there many out there who could give advice on areas and prices (I think my absoloute max would be about 170,000). Also any advice on other comparable areas that are pleasant quiet and looked after.
All help is gratefully received

m1key 19th April 2013 05:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Graham50 (Post 1136196)
Hi all,
Have just arrived in the UAE and will be starting the long and difficult road towards renting somewhere to live. I have heard of all the horror stories of landlords and agents trying to get every last penny out of your pocket, and am therefore looking for some help/advice on locations and reasonable prices. My main issue is walking into the unknown and not being aware of all the trip hazards along the way.
I am not in any particular hurry to rent my final accommodation as I will be in an apartment for up to 4 months, however at the end of this time I will be looking for a 3 bed with study and maids room somewhere in the springs/Arabian ranches part of town. Are there many out there who could give advice on areas and prices (I think my absoloute max would be about 170,000). Also any advice on other comparable areas that are pleasant quiet and looked after.
All help is gratefully received

If you have 4 months in an apartment I would advise spending a couple of months exploring before targeting anywhere. For location the important things to consider are commutes to work and school runs.

In the Ranches you're only looking at the Al Reems for your budget and wish list Everything else there with those requirements will be 200k plus. You will get something in Springs with a similar layout to the Al Reems.

For 170k you might, if lucky, get a Mazaya in The Villa project. They start from about 170k upwards. You might get something in Falcon City (weird place). Mirdif is in budget (parts under flightpath). You might also find something in Jumeirah/Umm Suqeim. The new villas in Al Furjan might be an option too.

ficklemiss 22nd April 2013 08:29 AM

Morning!

We're moving to Dubai in August and I'd appreciate a little insider knowledge.

The only schools that have places available for my sons are the new ones opening up in Al Barsha/ Al khail areas but my husband will be working in JLT - do we stay near work or near schools?

If we stay near JLT then how bad would the school run be? I've heard traffic is a nightmare at that time of day. I'm under the impression that this area would plenty of amenities and a fair amount of accommodation choice, is that right?

If we stay near the schools then how would a commute to JLT be? Is there any public transport or a 'park n ride' type system for the metro? If he had to drive to JLT would parking be a problem? What are the communities like close to the schools, would I also need a car for shopping and entertaining 2 small kids?

Thanks

m1key 22nd April 2013 08:34 AM

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Originally Posted by ficklemiss (Post 1138601)
Morning!

We're moving to Dubai in August and I'd appreciate a little insider knowledge.

The only schools that have places available for my sons are the new ones opening up in Al Barsha/ Al khail areas but my husband will be working in JLT - do we stay near work or near schools?

If we stay near JLT then how bad would the school run be? I've heard traffic is a nightmare at that time of day. I'm under the impression that this area would plenty of amenities and a fair amount of accommodation choice, is that right?

If we stay near the schools then how would a commute to JLT be? Is there any public transport or a 'park n ride' type system for the metro? If he had to drive to JLT would parking be a problem? What are the communities like close to the schools, would I also need a car for shopping and entertaining 2 small kids?

Thanks

JLT, Al Barsha and Al Khail Road (Jumeirah Village Circle end) are all fairly close to each other.

ficklemiss 22nd April 2013 09:25 AM

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Originally Posted by m1key (Post 1138606)
JLT, Al Barsha and Al Khail Road (Jumeirah Village Circle end) are all fairly close to each other.

Thanks, they look quite close on the map but I've heard some horror stories of 2 hour commutes to school because traffic is at a standstill - exaggeration or fact of life?

maminadocha 22nd April 2013 11:01 AM

Is anybody knows is it any good to stay in TECOM with young kids?
Thanks!

m1key 22nd April 2013 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by ficklemiss (Post 1138657)
Thanks, they look quite close on the map but I've heard some horror stories of 2 hour commutes to school because traffic is at a standstill - exaggeration or fact of life?

I personally haven't experienced that, but I know the traffic from Sharjah to Dubai in the morning and the reverse in the evening can be bad. It can take a little while exiting some areas at peak traffic, but I don't think you'd be experiencing 2 hour delays in the areas you mentioned. There will always be an exception for a bad accident or something, but it should be just that. Best thing to do is visit areas once you're here to get a feel. Try them at rush hour so you see the worst.

shorty1982 23rd April 2013 08:21 AM

Hi All,

So I will be moving to dubai after 2 days with my wife and 2 kids and I am considering areas like the greens, discovery gardens and the springs to live in. What is it like from these areas to JLT area by car, what is the avg time by car will be to go there around 8 am and returning back home at 6 pm.

umar00 23rd April 2013 02:48 PM

what is the rent like for 2 bed room flat?


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