Increase interest in your rental propertyA consistently occupied rental property can augment your bank account, but one that’s vacant for even a few months can rapidly erode your savings. In addition to setting a fair rental price, the solution to getting your rental occupied and keeping it that way is differentiating it from competing properties.

We’re here to help. [tweetherder]If you’re having trouble landing tenants, we have six easy tips for making your rental property a standout, and hooking the tenants of your dreams.[/tweetherder]

[tweetherder]1. Get Property in Tip-Top Shape[/tweetherder]

Your rental property is vacant, but that doesn’t mean you can slack on basic property upkeep. In fact, if you invest a few hundred dollars into basic maintenance there’s a good chance you’ll be rewarded with tenants.

You’ll want to clean the carpets, give the interior a fresh coat of paint, and scrub it from top to bottom. Go the extra mile and wipe down the baseboards, ceiling fans and window sills. You’ll also want to walk from room to room and make note of items that need repair. Whether it’s a loose door knob or a toilet that doesn’t flush properly, now is the time to get these items fixed. The work might sound costly, but you can end up saving money by knocking these tasks out yourself during a weekend.

2. Consider Staging

If you’re serious about getting your property occupied, you might want to consider staging it. A staging company will supply your home with furniture, wall décor and other household items that give it a “lived-in” feel so you can move yours out. Professional stagers also know how to highlight your rental’s positive aspects and downplay its drawbacks, helping make it incredibly appealing to renters.

Of course you’ll pay to have your rental property staged, but doing so could mean it gets rented sooner rather than later, and save you money in the long run.

3. Pull Out All the Stops When Showing

When meeting promising tenants at your property for showing, you’ll want to arrive at least 20 minutes early. Shower rooms with natural light by opening blinds, sweep off the front porch, vacuum carpets and consider lighting a mildly scented candle.

If you know the tenants have small children, consider bringing along a few toys to keep them happy (if you have them).

[tweetherder]4. Small Updates and Upgrades Make Big Impressions[/tweetherder]

It doesn’t cost much to switch out an outdated ceiling fan with a modern model or replace worn out faucets with sparkling new ones, and the return on your investment could be huge. If you don’t have an eye for design, ask a friend or realtor to walk through your home and point out fixtures that could benefit from an upgrade. Often, a few simple changes can result in a drastically improved overall impression that motivates tenants to sign on the dotted line.

5. Check Curb Appeal

Your rental home’s interior could be magazine worthy, but if it lacks curb appeal you’re going to have a difficult time renting it. Trim shrubbery for a tidy look, cut back tree branches to open up your property to the street and repair any hardscape elements, such as brick walkways. Then add seasonal flowers to give the rental a homey feel. If you can’t maintain the property yourself, pay to have a landscaping company (or neighborhood teen) do so on your behalf.

6. Secure the Property

It isn’t uncommon for tenants to feel a bit uneasy about moving into a new neighborhood and settling in a new home, but a home security system can relieve their anxieties. In fact, a home security system can also put you at ease knowing that your property is less likely to be a target of a break in.

You’ll want to let potential renters know that home’s outfitted with security systems are three times less likely to be burglarized, and make them away of any home automation options that your security company offers. In addition to adding convenience to their lives, home automation products may save them money on utility costs.

Remember that by keeping your property in prime showing condition you’ll not only have a better chance of renting it, you may also be able to justify a higher rental rate. To find out more about how you can boost your rental home’s appeal by protecting it with a home security system, call and speak with a SafeWise security agent today.

Tips for those looking for property to rent in LondonPeople looking for property to rent in Fulham, flats to rent in Tooting or residences anywhere else in the UK may wish to consider the advice of the Guardian’s so-called Negotiator Marc Lockley.

The property expert has issued would-be renters with some tips on how to conduct their house search.

He suggested that any initial meeting with a private landlord is all about establishing a relationship of trust.

Moreover, house hunters were told to stay “keen but not committed”, as landlords who sense a tenant is desperate to move into a property may set a higher price for the compared to others.

“It is important not to give off too many positive signals when you are viewing,” Mr Lockley commented.

The Negotiator also explained that it is important that the landlord is made aware that the renter has other options for a place to live.

Meanwhile, landlords are generally obliged to undertake credit checks on their tenants. Most will ask for references before offering customers a tenancy agreement to sign.

Property for Rent in Dubai

The Dubai rentals market may be showing signs of a recovery but there are still quite a few things that one needs to watch out for. Not everyone dealing in Property for rent in Dubai is authorized to liaison between property owners and prospective tenants. There are quite a few entities that are dealing in rentals without possessing the necessary permits and licenses from the authorities. There are regular incidents coming to light about tenants being inconvenienced due to such illegal property dealers. Not only are people swindled out of their hard earned money, they are also at risk of losing their homes.


In such cases, one needs to be aware about the steps that they must take when searching for Property for Rent in Dubai. The tenancy contract, signed on between a tenant and the landlord or the authorized representative of the landlord is extremely important. Thus, one must ensure complete and authentic documentation before the contract is signed. All terms and conditions mentioned therein must be clarified and agreed to by the parties involved.


Here are the 4 Winning Tips to Remember When Looking at Property for Rent in Dubai :

  1. For each rental transaction, the landlord, property consultant or the brokerage firm representing the property owner must furnish certain valid documents. These include the Deed of Title to the property being rented out, a copy of the passport and the registration card issued to the property consultant/ brokerage firm by the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), Dubai
  2. It must also be ensured that the name of the title deed (be it in an individual’s name or that of a company) must be the one that is mentioned in the rental contract
  3. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) that is the sole supplier of essential utilities has mandated that the title deed be presented as documentation when applying for connections
  4. Registration of the tenancy contract must also be done on Ejari, the online portal operated by RERA. While it is primarily the responsibility of the landlord, the procedure may even be affected by tenants, should it be missed out on by the former?


In-spite of the authorities ramping up measures to weed out irregularities, there are instances of unscrupulous elements wreaking havoc among tenants and landlords alike. Awareness about the rental contract and due diligence by the prospective tenant would go a long way in reducing such instances. It is therefore hoped that the above discussed aspects are borne in mind when searching for Property for Rent in Dubai.

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As winter blustered through his Cleveland hometown, Steve Novotny may have been a world away, pulling his sailboat up to a dock in sunny Florida on his way to the Bahamas.

Four years ago he plunged into the rental business as a handyman by buying a house that had a decent location but needed huge repairs. “It took all of my savings to buy it,” he says. “I actually lived in my truck while I was renting houses out for the first two years.”

Now he looks for so-called “handyman specials” – houses with at least three bedrooms that are in nice locations but need repair. He now owns nine houses and the rental income allows him to sail around the country.

Many investors like Novotny are seeking to get into the rental market to create passive income to fuel their lifestyles, and the rental market in the United States is still rising.

Since 2005, the number of households that rent has hiked to 37 percent, a jump of 9 million and the largest increase by decade since 1965, according to a December study by Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. This is on track to be the “strongest decade of renter growth ever recorded,” according to the study, and hikes in rent are outpacing inflation.

Traditionally, investors have looked for quick returns by flipping houses after a swift remodeling. “While flipping can be lucrative, it can also tie up your money if the home doesn’t sell immediately,” says Corey Brinkman, market vice president of Renters Warehouse, a property management company in St. Louis.

“Plus, it’s a one-time benefit once the house sells. Renting out a property can provide income month after month and free up your cash flow to invest in other places,” he says.

But investors should enter the market with caution because it is easy to underestimate the costs of repairs and upkeep on your rental unit. “A good rule of thumb is to calculate anywhere from 7 to 15 percent for these unforeseen repairs, depending on the age of the rental property,” Brinkman says.

Here is some advice from experts to keep your rental money flowing in the right direction.

Keep your goals in mind. Investors need to know why they are in the rental market and what they want to accomplish financially, says Wendell De Guzman, chief executive of the real estate investment firm, PCI in Chicago.

If the goal is to live passively off the rental income, then investors should know how much income they’ll need. The tax rate changes as income becomes passive, says De Guzman, and “your tax rate can be zero percent” because you can deduct the depreciation from your taxable income.

For example, an investor who pays $275,000 for a house would divide it by 27.5 (years) for depreciation and shield $10,000 in income annually.

Put your financial house in order. Knowing your income and expenses will help you get loans and, subsequently, buy more property, De Guzman says. Don’t forget to include taxes, insurance, maintenance, management, utilities and the reserves for major repairs, like a new roof.

It also pays to learn financing and talk with mortgage brokers to find programs to buy the property with as little money down as possible. First-time homeowners might buy a four-unit apartment building, get an Federal Housing Administration loan with a 3.5-percent down payment, collect the security deposit and, if you close early enough in the month, use the first month’s prorated rent toward the down payment, De Guzman says.

Learn your market’s vacancy rates and property ratings. There are areas rated A through F, and they all sell and rent for different rates. Keep your vacancy rate to 5 percent or less, De Guzman says, so you won’t be stuck with an unrented property for months at a time.

If you don’t want to be a property babysitter, avoid the areas with the lesser ratings. Areas with F ratings often have the most violent crimes in the neighborhood. “It’s tough being there. You have to watch your investment like a hawk,” he says.

A-rated areas often mean higher sales prices but lead to higher rents and more regular tenants. “You’ll have fewer headaches if you’re dealing with renters who can afford a more expensive rent. You don’t want to be dealing with the bottom-of-the-barrel (properties) if you plan on being an absentee landlord,” Novotny says.

Look for real estate with great potential. Properties that tend to do well are near schools, expanding retail or trendy points of interest, local transportation, or surrounding malls, says Daniel Sanchez, commercial associate partner of Partners Trust Commercial in Beverly Hills, California.

Once it’s yours, maintain the exterior and keep your costs down with desert landscaping, low-flow toilets and tankless water heaters, he says.

Keep your options open. Consider smaller markets within secondary markets, how well the house was built and how much people are paying rent in the neighborhood. “I want to be in the $800-to-$900 range in the secondary market,” says Yariv Bensira, owner of Hyde Capital in Memphis, Tennessee, who came to the country to attend college and now who owns and handles 4,000 units with a private investment fund in Israel.

Before buying, he checks how well the house was framed, who the tenants would be and what he can add to the property to reasonably increase the rent. “You’re not going to change the demographic or bring in completely new people. The question is whether the existing tenants can pay a little more for a better product,” he says.

Don’t be lured by low interest rates. If a property is already 30 years old and would cost the same to build it, then don’t buy it, Bensira says. Make sure your home has enough value to get the returns you want when you eventually sell the property.

Renovate the kitchen and bathrooms to get higher rent. Quality granite in the kitchen could save you resurfacing costs, and bring in an extra $50 to $90 per month, Bensira says. Be sure to know how much renovations cost so that you know if you’re getting a fair bid.

Screen the tenants. Have an application process and use a service such as National Tenant Network to look for civil and criminal lawsuits, recent collection activity and credit scores above 600, says De Guzman. “Look for people who were down financially, but now are on their way up with a good job and some savings, who have been paying their bills for the past four years,” he says.

rental property managementMention the term “rental property management,’ and you may assume that a outside management company is handling the collection of rent and solving maintenance issues for rental homes. Yet property management companies offer a wide range of services. From determining rental rates to creating annual reports for tax purposes, these companies manage properties so you can get a full return to your rental investment.

We have gathered together the 10 tasks that rental property management companies offer. While you may not need every service mentioned below, you should keep these options in mind when renting out homes. Then you will have the peace of mind that your rental property is in top condition and managed properly.

Rental Property Management Services Checklist

1: Create Accurate Rental Rates

Management companies help determine the rates that should be set for rental homes. They evaluate the current market, review the neighborhood comps, and adjust rental rates to reflect the ideal prices. They will suggest maintenance improvements that can increase the rental rates for the home.

2: Market Rental Homes

Rental property management companies will advertise the available house to tenants. They place ads on listing platforms to reach the largest audience of suitable renters. They provide rental information to callers, meet with possible tenants, and work with listing agents to find people who want to rent your home.

3: Perform Tenant Screenings

You don’t want a bad tenant in your rental home. Property managers screen tenants to ensure they will pay the rent on time and not damage the property. They will do background checks, income verifications, credit history reviews and other tenant screenings.

4: Handle Tenant Lease Agreements

Once the right tenant is found, the property manager drafts the lease and reviews the lease guidelines with the tenant. They will confirm the move-in dates, pet deposits, and collect all rental fees that are due prior to the tenant moving into the home.

5: Assist With Rent Collection

Rental property management companies collect the rent on a monthly basis. They will address late payments and send out notices to tenants who have not paid the rent.

6: Provide Maintenance Services

When there is a maintenance issue, it needs to be addressed immediately. The company may provide an in-house repair crew or contract licensed laborers to perform repairs and installations for rental homes. They fix up homes to make them functional and beautiful for tenants.

7: Create Rental Reports

The property manager will create management reports for local, state and federal reporting requirements. You can use these documents to set rental budgets and file taxes for the rental home. You can also use the documents to monitor cash flow.

8: Manage Evictions

The property manager can begin the eviction process to legally remove the tenant if they do not pay the monthly rent. They file the appropriate paperwork, attend court hearings and obtain help from local law enforcement in Converse TX to have the tenant removed from the home. They also ensure all remaining property is returned to the tenant.

9: Perform Property Inspections

The property manager will set up periodic inspections and take note of any lease violations, safety concerns, and needed repairs. They provide inspection reports so you can decide the best way to get the rental home in good shape.

10: Advise Owner Of Legal Disputes

A tenant or government agency may have a legal dispute about the rental home. The property manager will tell you about the legal dispute, provide a list of qualified lawyers for your case, and offer information about local, state and federal standards.

Rental property management companies will take charge of your rental home. Check out this list of property management services so you can hire the right company.

Being a landlord requires management skills, sales skills, and negotiation skills as you are constantly working with people (your tenants). One sensitive subject for both the landlord and tenant can be “How much is the rent going to be?” Once the tenant is living there, raising the rent is important but can be a delicate decision.

Keep in mind that you must keep your investment real estate business growing. To that end, you must keep your rents increasing at pace with the market and your rising costs. Raising the rent is simply part of managing your business smartly. Done correctly, it can be an easy and stress-free process.

Although every rental situation and each tenant/landlord relationship is different, I think raising the rent depends upon a couple items:

1. Is the tenant paying a fair market rent? If the rent is currently lower than market, it may be easy to raise it slightly as most tenants will realize they are getting a good deal where they are currently living. Plus they will not want to take on the added expense and time of moving.

2. When making your decision, ask yourself: “If the tenant decides to move because you are increasing the rent, can you re-rent the apartment for minimal cost and minimal or no vacant months?” If you increase the rent by $50 and the tenant decides to leave and you are left with a vacant $1200 per month apartment, was the increase worth it?

3. Consider that if you are increasing the rent in the spring, generally you can be more aggressive because it will be easier to re-rent that apartment in May than in December (at lease in colder climates).

4. If you are actively managing your lease renewals, you must be talking with the tenant 60-90 days prior to the lease renewal about their plans and any rent increases. This will give you time to re-rent the unit if the tenant chooses not not to renew.

5. Have the rent increase conversation with them verbally or in person. This will give you the opportunity to read their reaction to the increase. It is also more difficult for them to say no to your face.

6. If the tenant is hesitant about the increase, immediately see if they will accept the increase if you set the lease renewal to 18 months (locking their rent for that time) in exchange for the rent increase. This is actually an even better win for you as the landlord, as you have just locked them in as tenant for 6 extra months (and you got your rent increase).

7. When talking with your tenant, Use your best sales techniques to show them why they should both stay and accept the rent increase. At the end of the day, be honest. If the increase is related to increases in your costs, explain how your costs have changed. Most tenants can understand that taxes, insurance, or utilities do go up.

8. Lastly, if they are a great tenant consider simply leaving the rent at the same amount for another year. I would, however, let them know that you thought about a rent increase but “because they are such great tenants, you have decided to not change the rent for another year”. This will set up the idea in their minds that you did them a favor and will get them to expect a rent increase next year.

Having your rents keep pace with your expenses and market rents is an critical part of running investment real estate business. Although it can seem intimidating at first, if you just take your time and think through the process with each tenant, it can be a simple process when lease renewal time comes around.

Everyday, landlords are always putting their properties up for rent. The question is do you know where to look for all these listings? If you are equipped with the right knowledge, you can easily find a few properties that you can shortlist for viewing.

Let me share with you 3 channels that you should look into when you are looking to rent a property:

1.Your local newspaper. Grab a copy of your local newspaper as it is still the most popular channel for people to list their properties. Browse through the real estate classified listings and look out for potential properties that are up for rent. One disadvantage of this channel is that the listings might not be real time which will cause you to miss out on some opportunities.

2.Engage a real estate agent. This is one of the fastest ways to find a property to rent. A real estate agent is a professional who knows the real estate market very well. He or she should have first hand information on any property that is up for rent in your local area. By asking your real estate agent for recommendation, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort. If you want, you can even ask your agent to negotiate the rental contract for you. Just prepare to give him or her commission for a good job done.

3.Log on to the Internet. As broadband technology is so advanced today, surfing the web is no longer a daunting and slow task for us. Just go to Google and type in “property for rent” as your search term. Google should return you with a few property listing directories or agents with their own websites. Through these sites, you will be able to easily browse through all the available properties up for rent and shortlist a few for viewing. The good thing about using the Internet to look for properties is that the listings are real time.

Hope that with these 3 channels that I have share with you, you now know where to go and look for your ideal property for rent. Make use of the advanced technology of the Internet and people to help you find your property. Leverage is the key.

rental-propertyHaving a spare property that you can give on rent has numerous advantages. While this allows landlord to pay all mortgage from the collected rent, its value increases over time that is really beneficial.
So, today we will share some of the tips that can help you renting your property faster so that you can reap even more benefits.

1. Watch out for the risks and understand the responsibilities
Apart from financial benefits investing in property has some risks involved. Before you go to offer your property on rent, talk to the people who are in the business of renting from long-time. Because handling tenant is no piece of cake and disputes are bound to arise when expectations of one side fails. Besides you will be involved heavily in repairing, maintenance, rent colleting and other tasks because you do not want to disappoint the tenants.

2. Making property market ready
You must understand that the tenants are very choosy. With the large number of options available before them you need to give them a good reason to sign a lease agreement with you and this can be done by adopting the following:

  • If you are only renting a room in your personal property make sure that area of the tenant is secured and both of you can have some level of privacy.
  • Make a complete list of the qualities of the property it has. Focusing on the specialties of the property while doing online advertisement will give you the edge over the other competitors.
  • Post advertisement on the websites that showcase the rental properties. Millions of peoples visit these sites on daily basis in search of better apartment.
  • Do a little research and find out which season of the year are best when the renting process is at the peak and prepare your property for this time.


3. Hire a professional
Searching tenants and giving property on rent is long and difficult tasks due the formalities involved. You sure can handle some tasks but the complete process may go out of your control and things can turn out to be bad. For this reason hire a property manager whose sole job is to find a suitable tenant and is also responsible for taking care of all the formalities included.

4. Look out for the rent you are asking
Check the latest trends in rent that are going locally as well as in the locality where your property is situated. Make sure that you are setting competitive prices as per the trends. Refrain from having too low and too high rents as this generally drives the tenants away.

5. Choose the tenants carefully
We are people and we all have different thinking. So, when it comes to picking a tenant keep your guard up. Ask them the questions about the previous property they were living in and why they left it? Talk to their previous landlords and don’t forget to check there credit history to avoid any kind of disputes or altercation regarding the rent collection.

Congratulations! You’re just a bit of hard work away from having a property for rent and a good long-term investment.

Your goal is to make the house as attractive as possible to tenants, and ensure it maintains its value. As with any major project, you now need to do some research and planning to prioritize the work.

First off, what major existing problems are there in the house that need to be tackled? If you had a comprehensive survey done when you bought it, you should know the answer to this question already.

Are there problems with the structure of the property, including the roof and walls? These have to be your immediate priority. You won’t have a property for rent if it’s falling down!

Pay attention to important basics such as plumbing, central heating and the electrics.

Be aware that you may create major problems while doing renovations. It’s not unheard of for half a wall to come off with old wallpaper being stripped, or for major holes to be discovered behind old panelling.

It’s worth doing whatever needs to be done to secure your investment at this stage. You might find it harder and more expensive to perform structural repairs when you have tenants in, so think long-term with any work you do.

The good news is that most experts like roofers, timber and damp specialists will happily visit your property to check if their services are needed, and give you a written quote. Most will do this for no charge. This could give you huge peace of mind in preparing your property for rent.

Once the big jobs have been done, next you should look at the major areas that turn a house into a home. Even though people are only renting this private property from you, they will be delighted to see a clean and modern kitchen and bathroom. These are key rooms that will help to dictate how easily you will find tenants in the years to come.

If your budget is limited, look at the small details. Would it make a difference to your property for rent if you replaced the kitchen cupboard doors, or the bathroom taps?

It will certainly make a difference if you decorate. This is the most basic renovation you can do. And it’s important to get it right. You are looking to create a clean and warm but plain environment, that your tenants can personalise with their own belongings.

That means keeping your personal tastes out of it, and decorating in light, plain colours. Try to avoid wallpaper where you can and consider modern touches such as wooden floors or hard wearing carpet. The investment now should pay off for you in the long-term.

Once you have made the renovation plan for your property for rent, you next need to look at who will do the work and how. If there’s more than you can handle on your own, you’ll need to co-ordinate workmen.

Your goal with outside help is to get everyone in and out of the house at around the same time, to get the job done quickly. This will help you get rental income out of the property faster. Be aware that you will need to be a project manager and think through the logistics of the project. There’s no point getting the decorators in until the carpenters have finished.

And you need to consider what kind of budget you have to spend. Watch any property renovation TV show, and you’ll know how likely it is that the work on your property for rent is going to cost a lot more than you thought.

Have a contingency fund and be tight when you need to be. It’s the best way to ensure your house starts generating a profit more quickly.

Moving to a foreign country can be intimidating and finding the best place to rent can be daunting. Dubai’s expatriate population is steadily increasing and demand for rental properties is high. Unfortunately for tenants, this has resulted in skyrocketing rents. Approximately half of UAE residents spend about 30% or more of their salary on accommodation expenses. Despite the costs, most expats, mainly in the UAE for short-term work contracts, opt to lease rather than invest in the real estate market. To the relief of many of those looking to rent property in Dubai, the government has imposed legislation stipulating that any rent increase shall not exceed 7% of the annual lease price. There are also several new property developments underway that should take some pressure off the market in the near future.

Housing allowances are typically part of the expat package. Although in the past companies would cover the bill for the entire rental amount, the trend now is for expats to be allocated a certain percentage of the total yearly accommodation cost, with the rest being paid for out of their salary. Other fees to bear in mind when renting include a security deposit (refundable at the end of tenancy if the rental is deemed to be in good condition by the landlord), possible car parking fees, monthly utilities, municipality charges (typically 5% of the lease), and a 5% commission fee if the services of a real estate agent are used. Maintenance and repairs of the property are covered by the landlord. Tenants are not allowed to make changes to the structure of the property inside or out without the permission of the landlord.

The lease will often be drawn up between the landlord and the tenant’s company / sponsor. If an expat signs the lease himself he must have a residence visa or at least a letter from his employer stating that a visa is in process. The normal duration of a lease is one year. Unlike in many countries where rent is paid on a monthly basis, in Dubai the entire year’s rent is paid upfront, most commonly with 2 or 3 checks. For example, in the case of bi-annual payment, the first 6 months of the lease are paid for immediately with a current dated check, while the remainder of the year is paid for with a post-dated check. (Short-term furnished monthly accommodation in Dubai is available but it is often more costly.) It is important to understand that once the lease is signed, the tenant is tied to the contract. In order to terminate the lease the tenant would need permission from the landlord. That being said, the rental laws in Dubai actually favor tenants. Landlords cannot force a renter to leave without a very good reason (such as wanting the property for their own personal use). Even if the lease is only for a year, as long as the tenants do not break any aspects of the contract, the lease is presumed to be renewable. The Municipality has a special section set up, the Dubai Rental Committee, to oversee any disputes between landlords and tenants.

After cost, location is probably the biggest factor in determining where to rent. Dubai is split in two by the Creek with Deira (or “Old Dubai”) on one side and “New Dubai” on the other. The decision for where to rent is based on factors including accessibility to work, schools, shops and hospitals. Some of the most popular locations to rent include:

  • Garhoud: located near Dubai International Airport and offering low-rise apartments and townhouses at reasonable rents.
  • Mirdiff: a newer development consisting mainly of villas located past the airport.
  • Bur Dubai: located near Bur Juman Shopping Center and offering reasonably priced apartments.
  • Downtown Deira: reasonably priced low-rise apartments are readily available in this neighborhood, although if work or schools are located on the opposite side of the creek the traffic can be a nightmare.
  • Satwa: a nicely located area situated between Sheikh Zayed Road, Bur Dubai and Jumeirah, offering low-rise apartments and reasonably priced villas. It is believed that zoning regulations will change for Satwa in the near future allowing development of high-rise buildings.
  • Jumeirah / Umm Suqueim: ideally situated near parks, the beach and schools, this is probably the most popular area for the European and Local communities, offering upscale villas and townhouses.
  • New Dubai Developments: including The Greens, Arabian Ranches, The Lakes, The Meadows, Emirates Hills, and Dubai Marina and located near Dubai Internet City. Many offer gated, family friendly communities with access to swimming pools and other recreational amenities.

Those searching for Dubai rental property can find extensive listings in the local classifieds or direct from property developers such as Alpha Properties, Arenco Real Estate, Cluttons UAE, Better Homes, or Century 21. The search for the perfect place to lease can be time-consuming and may seem overwhelming. Understanding UAE rental laws, using only a reputable real estate agent, and investigating the best possible locations are all part of making the hunt for an apartment or villa in Dubai successful.