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When selecting a new apartment for rent, it is always important to make a smart move. Apart from the rent factor, there are many other aspects that will determine the degree of one's comfort.
• Cost - Consider your income, living cost, travel expenses, deposit and all other primary moving expenses when calculating the value of an apartment. Also consider how frequent you have to pay your checks.
• Location - Selecting the best location depends mainly on where you are working. Also take into consideration the availability of social amenities, schools, public transportation, parking facilities and security to avoid spending extra money in the long term.
• Size - You can opt for any type of apartment depending on the size of your family. The most common choices are studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments. If you have a big family, you can always choose a villa.
• Furnishings - If you are not interested in investing in furniture and appliances, you can select a furnished apartment. Non-furnished units give you the freedom to choose your own furniture and decor, but in such cases, also consider the moving costs.
• Amenities - Check for any major or minor repairs, signs of leaking faucets and cleanliness. Make sure that the fire extinguisher, air-conditioner, bathroom accessories, kitchen settings, Internet facilities, and electrical and security systems are functioning properly. Also check the building's swimming pool and gym if it is equipped with such. For furnished apartments, ensure that the furniture and appliances are in good condition.
• Legal - Only approach RERA-certified brokers/agents. You should obtain a lease contract registered in the Ejari system to ensure its authenticity. Make sure that you are doing all the procedures, including the documentations, legally.
• Landlord - Before signing any agreement, it is important to have a thorough background check on your landlord and ensure you are contacting the right person. It is wise to take time to ask previous and current tenants about their experiences.
• Consider your income, apartment's location and moving costs when renting
• Ensure the house and building amenities and facilities are in good condition
• Approach RERA-certified agents and have your contract registered under Ejari
Learn more on what you need to know when Renting in Dubai
Source: Asha Das, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer