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Ok urgently need your wisdom. Just arrived in Dubai with family. Looked at a few properties ahead of starting job. Found house in Lakes. Liked it. Agreed terms. All good except no bank account and estate agent yelling for deposit. Sudden nasty feeling when pushed to hand over cash in hotel lobby. Insisted on meeting him and 'owner's representative' at estate agent's office. Still offer hanging to meet at hotel (owner's representative happens to have his office nearby). In end agree meeting at Dubai Marina office of estate agent...

Anyway going tomorrow. What should we do to protect ourselves?
 

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Ok urgently need your wisdom. Just arrived in Dubai with family. Looked at a few properties ahead of starting job. Found house in Lakes. Liked it. Agreed terms. All good except no bank account and estate agent yelling for deposit. Sudden nasty feeling when pushed to hand over cash in hotel lobby. Insisted on meeting him and 'owner's representative' at estate agent's office. Still offer hanging to meet at hotel (owner's representative happens to have his office nearby). In end agree meeting at Dubai Marina office of estate agent...

Anyway going tomorrow. What should we do to protect ourselves?
I would ask to see the Power of attorney for the rep (could be in Arabic so a problem if you do not know the language). I would ask to see the document to prove that landlord actually owns the property. Take a witness with you (another man preferably! I am not being sexist by the way, it is just better). Get a receipt with agency name and property details.

By the way, the Lakes is a really nice area, great for the kids.
 

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Ok urgently need your wisdom. Just arrived in Dubai with family. Looked at a few properties ahead of starting job. Found house in Lakes. Liked it. Agreed terms. All good except no bank account and estate agent yelling for deposit. Sudden nasty feeling when pushed to hand over cash in hotel lobby. Insisted on meeting him and 'owner's representative' at estate agent's office. Still offer hanging to meet at hotel (owner's representative happens to have his office nearby). In end agree meeting at Dubai Marina office of estate agent...

Anyway going tomorrow. What should we do to protect ourselves?
Hi .... NEVER ....... EVER ...... EVER .... do any deals or hand over any cash in any Hotel Lobby
1st go to the office & make sure IT IS a Real Estate office & not just owners rep's office .. could be office for anything !!
You need to see House Title Deeds .. {proof of ownership of that particular property} it will have owners full name .. Nationality .. details of the property .. Area sq ft .. date purchased etc & it will have attached a passport copy of the owner ... this will prove that they have the property from the owner
if they dont have this .. WALK AWAY
If they do have this .. CHECK EVERY DETAIL ESPECIALLY SIGNATURES !!

Next you need to look over your Rental Contract ..
Start date of tenancy .. as agreed
Rental payments & Dates
Terms & conditions .. period of notice etc etc
Take your time. dont be rushed into anything .. your the client !!

If all good you will need a copy of the rental contract & a copy of the owners title deed { you need this when you go to Etisilat / Dewa etc to get your Utilities turned on } you need to make sure the Landlords / Owners signature is on the rental contract also

If you go ahead get reciepts for the rental amounts .. recipts for the security deposit / reciepts for the commission ... in other words reciepts for everything !!

Be careful because no one should ask you for any deposit in a hotel lobby & dont be rushed into anything .. plenty of properties on the market
 

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and there are plenty of nice villas out there so if this one falls over then it was meant to be and move on.

try having a tanty at the agent, tell them it is unprofessional behavior and not in your favour (it is!), esp when you are paying them 5-10k for the "service", ask for contact details of the owner of the agency then call the owner and have a crack.

you may well be amazed at the turn around of situation else walk.

Oh and as @desres says, trust no-one, trust no doc, get the agent to prove to you beyond all doubt that the contract is sound and title/LL/sig/passport copy/translation/dates/conditions are all correct and in your favour!!
 

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Really appreciated the advice! Thank you! We insisted on going to the office saw it was a proper operation, did some research on the guy we were dealing with and got a sight of the copy of the passport etc., the documenting the women's purchase of the house... Fingers crossed for the next bits!
 

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I would ask to see the Power of attorney for the rep (could be in Arabic so a problem if you do not know the language). I would ask to see the document to prove that landlord actually owns the property. Take a witness with you (another man preferably! I am not being sexist by the way, it is just better). Get a receipt with agency name and property details.

By the way, the Lakes is a really nice area, great for the kids.
I find your query surprising and I'm not being facetious but would you meet basically what are strangers in a pub in UK. Then hand over a chunk of change for documents in a foreign language alleging to be title over property.

Dubai is the land of cons and scams, people sell goods they don't own and bolt. Most of the local gents in UAE jail are conmen, unfortunately there a lot more are'nt.

Do your due diligance, get a lawyer and be very very wary.
 

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Do your due diligance, get a lawyer and be very very wary.[/QUOTE]


No need for a Lawyer for a Rental property .. you just need your wits about u & make sure you see all relevant paperwork
 

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Do your due diligance, get a lawyer and be very very wary.

No need for a Lawyer for a Rental property .. you just need your wits about u & make sure you see all relevant paperwork [/QUOTE]

Colonel Blimp said in his first post 'looked at a few properties' 'deposit' no mention of rentals so is this about buying or renting??? :confused2:
 
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