How rents are currently estimated
Under the current system, tenants and landlords can check how their rent compares to the market rate using the Rental Increase Calculator on the Dubai Land Department’s website. They enter the tenancy contract expiry date, the area of the property, its type and the number of bedrooms, as well as the current rent. The calculator will then give you a range for property and tell you whether the rent should be increased and, if so, by how much. However, the system has been criticised by some tenants and landlords as the facilities and size of a property are not taken into account. For example, if a villa has a private pool, a beautiful view or landscaped garden. Ejari, which means ‘my rent’ in Arabic, is the system used to register rental and lease agreements. Under the current set-up, a lease agreement is required for all tenants in the UAE to obtain or renew visas for family members and for a new trade licence or renewal. Also, an attested lease is required for municipality-related transactions or if a tenant has an issue with their landlord and has to refer it to the rent committees of municipalities. The cost of registration is Dhs160.