Top things to know before renting in Abu Dhabi

Top things to know before renting in Abu Dhabi

Similar to other Emirati cities, life in Abu Dhabi revolves around the outdoors. The incredible islands, treasured landmarks, and alfresco spaces make it an appeal to the locals. While the citizens find living here highly desirable, the city also ensures a convenient stay for the moving in ex-pats. That’s why there’s a great demand for rental properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

There’s no denying that renting is more feasible than purchasing, yet every state has a certain set of rules and regulations, which, as tenants, we must comply with. However, Abu Dhabi isn’t as strict as Dubai. But the following rental rules must be acknowledged by every renter out there.

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  • Tenancy registration

First things first, unlike in other states, you can’t just move into the property after dealing with the landlord. You’ve to register yourself in Abu Dhabi under the tenancy law. Tenants are required to make registrations with Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM), which follows a system called Tawtheeq to record the tenancy contract and related data. As for the languages, the contract can either be in English or Arabic, whichever you’re familiar with.

  • Repair Obligations

As per the law, landlords are responsible for maintaining all the necessary repairs, yet the renter can make the other fixtures if there’s a dire need. Repairs like damage to the furnishings and fittings, lights and wardrobes are tenants’ responsibility. On the contrary, the landlord will be in charge of repairing deficiencies like plumping, electricity, ceiling and the roof.

  • Termination of Rental Agreement 

Next, you can’t terminate the rental agreement whenever you want unless you reach a mutual decision with the landlord, who may allow proceeding with it for a small penalty. It usually happens when you find someone else to replace the occupation in the rental property in Abu Dhabi. Since landlords play all the cards when renting, going against them will be illegal.

  • Renewal of the contract

Before 2013, landlords were obligated to renew the agreements of rental properties unless they wanted to move in themselves or demolish the unit. However, landlords are no longer required to justify, but only the two-month notice before the contract expires. It all depends if the landlord is satisfied with you as an occupant and doesn’t want to replace you with another prospect. There’s also a possibility that your lease will pass over to a new landlord; again, they’ll have to provide at least a 2-month’ notice.

  • Rent is paid annually.

Another point that makes living in Abu Dhabi overwhelmingly impressive is that you can submit the rental amount annually. In addition, if you’re up for paying twice a year, like every six years, you’ll have to discuss it with the landlords. If you agree to move in quickly, not negotiating over the price will encourage them for this. Various banks provide the opportunity to get a loan, but you need to have an Emirati ID card.

Final Verdict

If you intend to buy properties in Abu Dhabi or another Emirati city anytime soon, the renting option isn’t bad either. It’s because renting is much easier than getting on the investment bandwagon. Also, since landlords tackle half of the hassles, there won’t be much on your palate to deal with.