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Landlords now asking for salary certificate in Dubai

Prospective tenants asked to submit income proof to ensure they earn enough to pay the rents

  • By Shveta Pathak, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:49 May 29, 2013
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  • Image Credit: Gulf News Archives
  • sign of the times: From salary certificates to one-cheque payment, landlords in Dubai are adding new conditions as property market gradually gets back on track

Dubai: Be prepared to hand over your salary certificate if you want to rent an apartment in Dubai.

Some landlords have now added a salary certificate rider to ensure that the prospective tenant earns enough to pay the rent.

But the move has not gone down too well.

“This is ridiculous,” said Indian expat Anil, who felt so disgusted when asked for his salary certificate by a property agent that he cancelled the deal.

“I had nearly finalised an apartment in Dubai Marina when I got an e-mail from the property agent asking for my salary certificate. When I enquired, the agent told me the landlord wanted the certificate to make sure I had the paying capacity, and this despite the fact that I was giving him a single cheque. I felt so humiliated I decided not to go ahead with the deal,” said Anil.

Cashing in

An upswing in the property market has seen landlords making unreasonable demands.

XPRESS earlier reported how landlords in Bur Dubai, Deira and Karama were asking existing tenants to pay a fixed annual maintenance fee and separate charges for parking. Real estate agents have also been asking up to 50 per cent more than the average updated rent index in Dubai.

Another expat said an agent in Bur Dubai told him that he could not keep his parents in his two-bedroom flat. “I was told it is not hygienic and that the apartment will be crowded if my parents live with me. I find this absurd, it is a two-bedroom apartment and we are just four people,” he said.

“In one building on Shaikh Zayed Road the landlord said he wanted two months’ cheque in addition to the security deposit. This, they told me, was to secure their rent in case the tenant fails to return after a vacation to his home country,” said Farzana, a Pakistani expat.

The situation is in sharp contrast to recent years when landlords were trying to lure tenants by offering them low rents, easy payments, discounts as well as access to various facilities in their buildings.

In areas like Marina and Palm Jumeirah, landlords have already started asking for single cheque payments, the agents said.

What you might be asked for

1. Salary certificate

2. Separate parking charges

3. Fixed maintenance fee

4. A guarantee cheque in addition to security deposit

5. Restriction on number of family members according to apartment size

Comments (22)

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  1. Added 12:15 May 30, 2013

    A Landlord has no right to ask for the salary certificate. When people look for a house they just dont randomly call on people instead they have a budget in place and accordingly look for houses. In my view, this is another trick being played by greedy landlords to know the income of the tenant and accordingly every year see how they eat from their savings!!!. My advice to all the propect tenants dont give in to such landloards and always look for the ones that value long term relationships. These kind of landlords will always be greedy and selfish.

    Yousef, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:11 May 30, 2013

    Unfortunately the landlords and property brokers are well protected whereas the tenants are left helpless

    rs, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:59 May 30, 2013

    The government has to protect the people against these type of landlords and their ridiculous requirements. My own experience - our own landlord wants us to pay 75K for 2 cheques rental but if 1 cheque rental we pay 70K. They are doing this to make up for the 'loss' they incurred during the fall of the market. We should remember that Realty can fall flat on the face again anytime. There are still a lot of unfinished buildings, projects out there. There is still oversupply and lesser demand.

    shegal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:38 May 30, 2013

    i think this is absolutely unfair to ask for such things. I know its all about demand and supply but that doesn't mean that the landlords will harass tenants with such unwanted requirements. Middle class is the mainstay of all these medium scale buildings and if people will be robbed with such antics those days are not far behind that people will think of moving to some other country or back home.

    shahzad, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 11:30 May 30, 2013

    Almost same thing happening in Sharjah also. I have shifted to Sharjah Al Nahda area last July. That time they have package like with the 12 month rent you can take a free parking or you can stay 13 month. But suddenly last month they issue a notice that tenants need to pay 2500 for parking (no more free parking). Finally they blocked the parking for tenants. I don't know what is waiting for me in July when I will go for renewal?

    Anowar, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:16 May 30, 2013

    Let all the houseing projects be completed... market is just hyped wait a year or so....

    Zia, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:09 May 30, 2013

    True... Salary certificate to ensure wether the tenant has the paying capacity or not..... and also for the landlord to get an idea how much rent he can increase in the next renewal ;-)

    VR, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:02 May 30, 2013

    The Landlords have no right to ask salary certificate, it is none of their business. Until or unless it is a law.

    Ajay Mehra, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:11 May 30, 2013

    its time to pack our bags and head back home..things are not looking too good any more, greed has taken the better of them..

    keenan, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:02 May 30, 2013

    As long as the owner is getting the desirable rent on exact given dates with one cheque only .Then whats the use of this rule .

    riaz, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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