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Tenant’s Checklist

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?

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.

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