When you are looking for a new place to live, there can be a lot to organize and remember.
Asking the questions below will help you choose the place that’s best for you, your budget and your lifestyle.
- When is the property available?
- Is it a fixed-term tenancy or a periodic tenancy?
- Is the property fully furnished?
- What is appliance(e.g. washing machine, refrigerator, microwave, etc) included?
- Is it close to transport? Shops? Schools? University?
- How many people are allowed to live in the property?
- Does the property get morning or afternoon sun?
- How secure is the property?
- Who is responsible for the Garden?
- Is there parking space or on-street parking?
- Is it OK to smoke inside?
- Are pets allowed?
- What’s the neighborhood like?
- Does the landlord have any references?
- What is the best way to contact the landlord?
- Is the property insured? What does it cover?
FOUND THE PLACE THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU?
Make sure you and the landlord’s agent:
- Complete a thorough property inspection and note any damage in the property inspection report.
- Complete a Tenancy Agreement, write in any conditions that you and landlord both agree on, and each keep a copy.
- Complete and sign the inspection report.
- Organize how you will pay the rent (e.g. automatic payment or direct debit).
- If you are making the payment under to the agency, ask for an authorized legal document from landlord to agent.
- If you are paying cash get payment receipts from the company, and do not make any cash payment to the individual agent.
- You might also want to ask your agent to complete a contact details for the landlord information sheet, or the POA holder for the property.
BEFORE YOU MOVE IN
- Purchase contents insurance that includes tenant liability.
- Connect the gas, electricity.
- Apply for the phone, Internet and TV channels connections.
- You may need to apply for a NOC to move in, which might take from a day to 7 working days.
- Ask if the landlord has paid the service fee, which will stop the NOC in case of outstanding payment.
AFTER YOU MOVE IN
- Know your rights and obligations. Ask for any particular rules and regulation on the building.
- Keep all records, especially your Tenancy Agreement.
- Keep records of payment such as rent receipts, bank statements and invoices.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Call us +971 4 3321090 for advice or further information.
We can explain the law about renting to you. Help tenants and landlords sort out problems.