Sharing accomodation gets costlier in Dubai

Rents for shared housing up by 10% to 50% across Dubai

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Last year, Dubai Municipality recorded nearly 1,200 violations by families and bachelors. Illegal sub-letting, sharing can attract fines of Dh1,000- Dh50,000.

Dubai: Increased rentals have impacted low income residents as rents for sharing accommodation have risen by 10 to 50 per cent in many Dubai areas.

Property agents and residents said sub-letters are also increasing the number of tenants per room or home to cover increased rentals.

“I was paying Dh 1,500 for a room with an attached bath, but this month I have been asked to pay Dh2,500 or share it with another person. It is a two-bedroom apartment and my landlord says his annual rent has gone up. When I tried looking for options I couldn’t find anything decent within my budget, leaving me with no option but to pay higher rent,” said Sidhartha, a bank executive who lives in Bur Dubai.

A glance at online classifieds reveals a hike in shared accommodation rents. Areas most affected include Bur Dubai and Nahda and to a lesser extent Deira and Al Barsha.

Risking it

Even though sharing is not allowed by authorities in most areas, there are many who opt for it as besides savings on rent, it also offers them flexibility of paying on a monthly basis, besides the additional cost of renting a residential unit by themselves.

“I was living in this apartment for the last three years and paying Dh350 for a bedspace, but this time they are asking for Dh450. With a monthly salary of only Dh2,500, I cannot afford to pay extra and am now looking at other options,” said Evelyn, a Filipina.

While an executive bedroom with an attached bathroom in a shared accommodation would cost Dh2,500 to Dh3,500 a month in Bur Dubai, it stands at around Dh1,400 to Dh3,000 in Al Barsha, Dh1,300-Dh1,800 in Discovery Gardens and Dh1,300 to Dh1,800 in Satwa depending on the type of accommodation.

However, bedspace costs have not increased much and in most areas like Satwa, Tecom, Al Barsha and Bur Dubai sub-letters are still charging between Dh450 and Dh650.

“We have a two-bedroom apartment and the rent has increased by Dh6,000 annually. One option was to move out, but we did not want to go to a different area, so we decided to sublet one of the rooms for Dh3,000,” said N.G., who did no wish to be named.

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  • Mohammad

    Jun 13, 2013 12:19

    Sharing is taking nerves of families too.. we have two bedroom family flat shared by brothers and immigration refused to renew our visas as the agreement is on one brother's name. Authorities should consider if two real blood brother living together with their families to accept the rental agreement.

  • keenan.brown

    Jun 13, 2013 10:36

    the low income are the sufferers. land lords have become very very greedy they have no heart, its the money that they worship. build houses for the low income or else make it mandatory for all employers to give their staff accommodation. rents here have no justification,the biggest crocks the real estate agents..


    Jun 13, 2013 10:06

    I stay in mantaka hamdan area since last five years. Currently were i am staying in 2 room shared with my brother the landlord has increased our rent by 600 dhms. People says staying in villa cost cheaper but we arepaying 48000/- annually for 2 rooms. As we all are aware staying in villa there is no tenancy contract and whole mantka hamdan has a population of around 200,000 or more and all staying in villa without tenancy contract. Now immigration is asking for tenancy contract for renewal of visa and for applying new visa. So it has been a bigchallenge for all these people as they dont have tenancy contract for getting renewal of visa and applying for new visa.If this villa owner cannot provide tenancy contract then why this villas are operating in this areas ? Immigration should give option for this people to get visarenewed or for applying for new visa. lot of people are facing hardship for getting visa renewed by this tenancy contract law. Either demolish all this areas which have villas or immigration should accept people's papers for getting visa renewed.

  • kum

    Jun 13, 2013 9:38

    This will be another bubble waiting to burst as what happen in 2008, there is no control for the landlords or building owners in increasing the flat rents. People who earned hand to mouth salary that contributes the daily business and local economy of the conuntry are the one who are squeezed.

  • Khalid

    Jun 13, 2013 9:29

    Being a Tenent sometime you feel like there is No check &; balance, however UAE authorities have very effective and flexible systems, Kindly regularise & evaluate the payments of labrours before implementation some rules...

  • Sajna Fassul

    Jun 13, 2013 9:04

    The officials should keep a check on this rising rents, more people will move out of dubai looking for an economical stay. Dubai is a good place to live in but it should not be a place just for the very affluent.

  • atul

    Jun 13, 2013 9:01

    Rents have not GONE up ..... they have been PUSHED up !!!! What about salaries ? Do we see a 30%-50% salary increase? I hear a lot about regulations here but I cannot see any regulations for rent increase. Landlords can increase as and when they like to and there is no control tab. Its getting difficult to breath with these high raising expenses !!

  • Amin F

    Jun 13, 2013 7:48

    This is very alarming situation for all Expatriats living in Dubai. People like us who do not get enough salaly are vulnerable to such policies. Last option could be heading back to our home countries as we can't spend all the money on rent alone.

  • Atif

    Jun 13, 2013 6:46

    Now a days Increase in rent may lead the people in trouble. Authorities should think about low income salary. Companies are not increasing salary for their employees.

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Sharing is taking nerves of families too.. we have two bedroom family flat shared by brothers and immigration refused to renew our visas as the agreement is on one brother's name. Authorities should consider if two real blood brother living together with their families to accept the rental agreement.


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