Tenant's guide in Sharjah

Prepare to be spoiled for choices when renting a residential property in Sharjah. With a diverse range of neighborhoods and property types to choose from, tenants can enjoy the high life without compromise in one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
Take a look at our step-by-step guide for tenant’s guide, packed with valuable advice from our local property professionals.

Step 1: Set Your Budget and Criteria

Consider the essential features and amenities you want or need (e.g., location, convenience, neighborhood), and use research to inform your budget.

Remember the advertised price that you see only includes the total annual rent and does not include the following:

  • > Security deposit (5-10% of annual rent)
  • > Brokerage fees (usually 5% of annual rent, but some brokers charge a minimum of 5,000 AED per tenancy contract)
  • > Admin Fee (not exceeding 2000AED)
  • > Moving/relocation expenses
  • > Deposits for SEWA, Etisalat connections
  • > Housing fees for Sharjah Municipality (4% of annual rent)
  • > Tasheel Charges
  • > Registration Charges

Step 2: Prepare Key Documents

You will need your passport, residence visa and Emirates ID to enter into a tenancy agreement. Having these ready, along with the required funds, will help you secure your dream home more quickly.

Step 3: Hire a Broker

Hiring a real estate broker can help you find the right property in a highly competitive and dynamic market. They can also assist in negotiating the terms of the lease with your potential landlord and keep you up to date with upcoming listings that match your requirements. We strongly recommend that you only hire registered real estate brokers.

Your broker should accompany all viewings. Ask as many questions as you want, and be sure to take note of any maintenance issues and ask your broker to arrange for repairs before you move in.

Step 4: Make an Offer

Once you’ve put in an offer to your broker, they will start negotiating with the landlord. At the point of offer, you will need to provide your passport, Emirates ID, and residence visa, as well as making three payments by cheques - for the deposit, first rental payment and your broker's commission.

You can negotiate the price and number of payments, to either pay in one payment up front for the whole year or pay in up to 12 instalments (provided as post-dated cheques).

Note that it is illegal to bounce a cheque in the UAE and you could face arrest and detention if a cheque is submitted without adequate funds to cover the cost.

Step 5: Draw Up the Tenancy Agreement & Get it Attested

Review the terms and conditions of your tenancy agreement thoroughly. Make sure everything that has been agreed with the landlord is added to the agreement. Once both parties sign the tenancy contract, you must register the tenancy with Sharjah Muncipality a system designed to regulate and facilitate the rental market of Sharjah.

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