How to Avoid Rental Disputes in Dubai

Check out our top tips for solving disagreements with your landlord!
ByAhlan! Live ReporterMonday , 15 June 2015
How to Avoid Rental Disputes in Dubai
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As many of us will know, Dubai’s rental agreements often give rise to rows between tenants and landlords – but you may be surprised to learn that help is at hand.

While the emirate’s authorities plan to offer online rental dispute services and speed up legal proceedings, it’s obviously easier for all concerned to avoid any conflict in the first place.

To simplify the whole experience, property website Bayut.com has put together some key points which could help each party minimise the chances of their agreement turning sour...

Security Deposits
Landlords and tenants don’t always agree upon the definition of “fair wear and tear”, and the condition in which the property must be returned for the tenant to be entitled to a full refund of his or her security deposit.

For example, one tenant emptying a flat in International City claimed that she and her husband had painted the flat, thoroughly cleaned it, and had all the fixtures, such as cupboards, repaired. But the landlord claimed that certain light switches were out of order and that the shower was broken. The tenant said that the flat had been returned in a better condition than the one it had been in when it was handed over to them and felt that the repairs that the landlord was asking for were unfair. Seems like a difficult deadlock? Here’s a few tips to pay attention to in order to avoid common rental disputes:

Read Every Line of the Rental Agreement
It’s important to discuss every detail and ensure that the conditions included in the rental agreement outline all of your concerns regarding the property. This applies to both the landlord and the tenant as they must ensure that the terms they are agreeing on are clear between the two parties.

Discuss any Ambiguities
Terms that require explanation should be clearly defined in the rental agreement and concerns regarding the security deposit and what “fair wear and tear” constitutes should be explicitly stated in the contract.

Discuss the Condition in which Property is to be Returned
It’s important to discuss the condition the landlord expects the property to be returned in, what services or repairs he or she will pay for and what repairs and/or damages the tenant is expected to pay for. This should be evident in the rental agreement and should also be discussed verbally between the tenant and landlord.

Discuss the Dates of Rent Increases
In order to be able to stay in one place for a long period of time and to avoid having to switch accommodation every year or so, the likelihood of rental rate increases and even possible decreases should be discussed in advance. The approach adopted can be flexible or rigid, but it should be clear as to how new rental rates are going to be decided and when such changes will occur.

Communicate any Concerns Immediately
Communication is the key to eradicating many problems and it is essential to maintain smooth communication throughout the rental period and communicate any concerns immediately. If something is broken or damaged, don’t wait until the last minute to report it to your landlord and if the landlord has any updates regarding the agreement that he or she wishes to discuss, they should do so as well!

There are several other factors that can be considered when drafting up a rental agreement, but focusing upon the above mentioned points may significantly save you from crisis and common conflicts. Hence, don’t stop communicating and try dealing with the other party with a smile – it can work wonders!

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