How to Lease Your Property in Dubai

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How to: Lease Your Property in Dubai
Renting out a property can be a great way to generate passive income whilst retaining ownership.
We’ve put together a need-to-know checklist of the steps to get your property tenant-ready and in the rental spotlight.
  • Get it valued

    You’ll first want to know what your property could rent for. Get a valuation or comparative market analysis (CMA) from a local property expert who knows the market inside out.

  • Choose a broker

    A knowledgeable broker is key in listing your property and finding the right calibre of tenants. Do your homework and look for a brokerage with a solid reputation and a track record of marketing similar properties. You want your listing to stand out from the crowd in a highly competitive market. This requires professional photography, an expertly worded listing and an active brokerage network with a wide geographical reach.

  • Go exclusive

    Listing your property exclusively with an agent comes with certain benefits. It incentivises the broker, and they’ll be more motivated to invest extra time and marketing know-how to attract a great tenant. It also means one point of contact and an aligned strategy.

  • Sign a RERA form

    Registered owners must sign a RERA listing form for their broker to list the property. For your broker to complete their due diligence, they will also ask you for a copy of the title deeds and your ID.

  • Be camera-ready

    You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your broker should advise you on steps to make your property stand out from other homes when it comes to a photoshoot and viewings. A fresh coat of paint, some decluttering and ‘window dressing’ will help make a positive impression. This extends to the exterior and garden, the first thing a prospective buyer will see.

  • Register Ejari

    After signing the tenancy agreement, you must register the tenancy with Ejari. Normally, the tenant does this, but if your property is managed by , our property management team will take care of it for you. You can register online at, where you need to upload certain documents and pay a fee. Alternatively, you can visit one of the Ejari centres dotted around the city to complete the process in person. To register Ejari, you will need a copy of your tenancy contract, a copy of your landlord’s ID and your passport copy/visa details.

  • Stay in the loop

    Your property should be listed on your broker’s website and various real estate portals. Your broker should also be hard at work arranging viewings for prospective tenants they already have on their books. Your broker should connect with you regularly to give feedback on how any viewings and the general tenant search are going.

  • Hire the professionals

    Once your property is rented, we strongly recommend that you consider professional property management, especially if you own multiple properties or are a remote landlord. You can grant them a power of attorney to deal with payment collections and renewals, plus they will manage the property – and tenants – on your behalf.

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