How to move to a new apartment in Dubai without losing your nerves and deposit: tips for tenants and more.
Moving to a new place is often viewed ... well, if not as a disaster, then, at least, as one of the most complicated logistics operations of a lifetime. The longer you stay at one place, the harder it may be for you to move to a new home. How to do everything right and neat, especially when you’re moving out in Dubai, where there are some specifics associated with the process? Our six tip guide will help you through this.
1. Preparing. Moving to a new home will be easier, if you take care of all the nuances in advance, despite all the laws of procrastination. In Dubai, all relations between the tenant and the landlord are regulated by law (meaning by officially registered lease contract). Thus, a tenant always knows in advance when he/she should prepare to move out. And the first thing to do is to book a moving service. Some moving companies in Dubai can even pack and mark all your stuff for you. This way, you will save some time, and make it one problem less by the time of moving out.
2. The other thing of high importance when talking about moving stuff from one place to another, is, actually, moving not only the stuff, but taking all services you use with you. It’s about transferring your accounts to a new place of residence, namely, two things we can’t imagine our life without: the internet connection and satellite television. Put a visit to your provider’s office in your schedule beforehand, in order to make a request to transfer your account to your new address, or cancel your current account in time.
3. A very important and specific moment for Dubai is also a timely disconnection of your DEWA account, which applies to water and electricity services. If you fail to notify the company of your moving out, you can face new DEWA bills for your old apartment even after vacating it.
4. Another practice casual for Dubai is requiring moving permits for tenants who are moving in and out in some buildings and residential communities. This is done to provide comfort and peace to all residents, but it can create unforeseen difficulties for you if the permission is not received in advance.
5. And, of course, when leaving your temporary home, you should take care of restoring its condition to the state it had when you first moved in. Under the terms of the lease contract, the tenant is obliged to vacate the premise leaving it in the same condition he found it when moving in. Of course, during a long period of stay, things get damaged, things get broken, and some things are simply worn out. In that case, it is better to discuss all the issues with the owner in advance, and find an acceptable solution together. But it is worth keeping in mind that few renovations and repairs (like painting the walls, filling in the holes and taking care of other damages and marks) would cost you less, if you do them yourself. Otherwise, the landlord may deduct the amount of repairs from your deposit, and this could be much more expensive.
6. And, finally, the sixth and most important thing to do when moving out is getting back your deposit. It is not a problem as a rule, if all the terms of the lease contract are met, but, in case there are any problems, you can always solve them at the RERA’s rental dispute center.