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Guide to Renting

The following are designed to provide a basic, step–by–step guide to buying a home in Dubai. Please note, the processes are updated periodically by the Dubai Land Department, the developers, and the banks themselves.

Ultimately, PH Real Estate will be on hand to manage your home buying experience, ensuring your risk is controlled, and that you are in control throughout.

1. Find a Property

Call PH Real Estate for expert advice and options.

2. Make an Offer

Once you’ve found your ideal home your PH Real Estate consultant will manage the offer process to ensure you secure the best possible deal. When making your offer please consider the ability to pay with fewer cheques normally commands greater flexibility with the annual rent. Typically, for an offer to be accepted you will need to lodge a security deposit with your consultant – this will remove your new home from the marketplace.

3. Sign the Contract

After you have provided a copy of your passport and valid residency visa (employer confirmation your visa is being processed is also acceptable), your PH Real Estate consultant will prepare the tenancy agreement. With seven years UAE experience, PH Real Estate have developed a comprehensive tenancy contract, designed to protect both you and the landlord. Your PH Real Estate consultant will guide you through the tenancy agreement; you are required to sign three copies. The rent cheque(s) and the professional fee are all issued at this point.

4. Landlord Countersigns

Once the landlord has signed, your cheques (including security deposit) are released to their custody – you will be provided with receipts. At this stage contact details are exchanged between you and your landlord. In addition to providing you with your tenancy agreement, you will also be furnished with the owner’s passport and property title deed.

5. Register DEWA

Your consultant will provide you with all documents required to register your new DEWA (Dubai Electricity & Water Authority) account. You will need to visit an office in person and lodge a refundable security deposit (AED1,000 for apartments, AED2,000 for villa’s). Your account is normally live within 24hrs.

6. Register EJARI

You are required to register your tenancy agreement with RERA, using the same documents required to register for DEWA, and the DEWA receipt itself. This contract is normally issued from any of the numerous typing centres within Dubai. Again, your consultant will advise on the process.

7. Register Cable TV & Broadband

Armed with your EJARI contract you are now able to register for the essentials – TV & internet!

8. Register for Moving Permit

Subject to the area you are moving to, the area developer may have a required list of documents you are required to provide prior to moving day. Once more, your trusty PH specialist will jump to your aid and guide you through process.

9. Wine and Pizza

Has always been our favourite first meal when spending the first night in our new home, very little cutlery required!


2405 Marina Plaza, Dubai Marina, UAE PO Box 53461

+971 4 408 7000

+971 56 691 4393


2405 Marina Plaza, Dubai Marina, UAE PO Box 53461

+971 4 408 7000

+971 56 691 4393


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