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Moving homes is possible if you follow a step-by-step process. Image Credit: Stock image

Dubai: If you are planning to move houses and wondering if you will be able to do so during the restrictions on movement for the national disinfection drive, there is good news.

UAE’s authorities have implemented restrictions on movement during the precautionary steps being taken against COVID-19. However, people can still move houses, by following a step-by-step process.

Step 1: Speak to all parties involved

You would need to first speak with your property management to find out if they are allowing tenants to move, as some property management companies may have implemented restrictions. This also applies to the new premises that you are moving into. You should also speak with your movers and packers in advance, before you make any payments.

Step 2: Cancellation and registrations

You would need to cancel the telecommunications and utility connections and apply for the new connections as well.

In Dubai, you can use the REST app to complete your Ejari registration online. This article provides a detailed guide on how you can get your Ejari application completed online.

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It is important to get your telecom and utility connections in place before you make the move. UAE service providers have started providing most of their services online, allowing users to upload the necessary documents and make payments through smart options. Image Credit: Stock image

Telecommunications operators like du and Etisalat offer cancellation of connections as well as new connections completely online. Find out how you can cancel your landline and home WiFi connections.

It is best to complete these processes in advance so that you have everything in place before you make the move.

Step 3: Request for the move with your property management

Whether you are living in a building or a community, to confirm the move in our move out with your property management company, you may need to provide certain documents.

Vijay Kumar, Founder and CEO of MoversZone LLC, spoke to Gulf News about what these documents would be.

“Some communities need a written request from the tenant, which includes the date on which you will be moving out or moving in, the vehicle registration number of the moving truck, the moving company’s name and trade licence number. They may also ask for the company’s third party insurance papers,” he said.

“Some communities need a written request from the tenant, which includes the date on which you will be moving out or moving in, the vehicle registration number of the moving truck, the moving company’s name and trade licence number. They may also ask for the company’s third party insurance papers.”

- Vijay Kumar, Founder and CEO, MoversZone LLC

So, your moving company needs to provide the following documents:

  • Name of the moving company
  • Date and time of the move
  • Moving company’s trade licence copy
  • Moving company’s third party insurance copy
  • Vehicle registration copy of the moving truck

You would need to provide these details to the property management company of your existing home as well as your new one. Once you have the clearance letter, you can then move on to the next step.

Step 4: Apply for a move permit

In Dubai, with 24-hour restrictions in place, you would need to apply for a move permit on www.dxbmovepermit.ae

Once you visit the website, select the option for ‘Personal’ and then select the ‘Emergency’ option. In the details, you would need to provide the date of the move, the time of the trip, the place of origin and destination as well as reason for moving.

In reason for moving, you would need to state that you are shifting homes.

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You would need to apply for the move permit in Dubai.

Once you receive an approval from Dubai Police, take a screenshot of the permit and provide it to the moving company as well.

It is important to plan your move in a timely manner to ensure that you complete the move within the approved time limit.

Step 5: Provide the move permit to the packers and movers

Moving companies are ensuring that they can legally move during the extended restriction period by printing out official work letters, on the company’s letterhead, with details of the customer’s name, date and time of move and the customer’s move permit.

“We ask customers for their move permit because in certain gated communities, we need to show the customer’s permit as they require a gate pass to enter the premises,” Kumar added.

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“We print out all the official documents and attach the customer’s move permit. This is kept by the moving team, in case they are stopped by a police patrol. We also keep these documents so that we can provide proof at a later date because of radar violations that may need to be waived,” Kumar added.

Step 6: Speak to your moving company about their hygiene measures

Moving companies across the UAE have taken additional steps to ensure that the move is done by following the highest standards of hygiene.

Mohammed Ishaq, Manager of Atlas International Movers, said that his company had implemented strict COVID-19 compliance measures.

“Our team wears anti-microbial masks and hand gloves and has sanitisers on site to ensure that the move is done in a way that is compliant with the UAE authority’s directives,” he said.

“Our team wears anti-microbial masks and hand gloves and has sanitisers on site to ensure that the move is done in a way that is compliant with the UAE authority’s directives."

- Mohammed Ishaq, Manager of Atlas International Movers

Companies Gulf News spoke with said that they were also taking temperature checks of their team each morning to ensure that the staff is healthy.

Also, to comply with the movement restrictions, companies said that they were starting early in the day and wrapping up work before the evening.

“If the move needs another day, we would need to create another set of documents for the second day as well. This is to make sure that our team is not working beyond the stipulated time,” Ishaq said.