If you are living in Dubai, and new to the property market then you will find this post helpful in many ways, especially if you are seeking a place for rent. Before anything else, get to know your property dealer; know that all real estate agents in Dubai are trustworthy but still there are a few scammers on various free classified websites who can whisk away your money before you can even say property!
We all have heard stories about how a person got duped by some fake real estate agent and how they lost their money, but it seems that some real estate scammers are pretty hard to identify as they can actually provide you with a title deed (forged), a very stubborn landlord (an excellent actor) and a very realistic property contract.
Now first of all what you need to do whenever you approach any real estate agent is to ask for their Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) card and check with RERA whether the agent is certified or not. RERA lists its certified agents online so you can easily verify. Next you need to know that there is no such thing as a freelance real estate agent. If anyone claiming to be so approaches you, wave them away.
Next thing you need to do is visit the Dubai Land Department with the landlord and have the land department confirm that the landlord is the owner of the property you are considering and it’s not mortgaged. You must know that if the property is mortgaged, you will need bank’s consent to rent it.
You must also make sure that there are no outstanding service charges before you sign the contract. The landlord must give you a written statement from the developer or the owners association showing that they have paid all their dues. With all that straightened out, you must make sure that your lease agreement is registered at the Dubai Land Department through the Ejari.