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What is the Dubai rental index and how is it affecting the property market?

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By Rakesh Mirchandani
17 Aug

To ensure transparency and a fair rental market, Dubai's Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) introduced the Rental Index. In this blog, we will explore how tenants can check the RERA Rental Index. Additionally, we will delve into the reasons why discrepancies might occur between landlords and tenants and how to address such situations

How to check the Rental Index

To access the RERA Rental Index, visit the official website of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency ( Look for the "Rental Increase Calculator" or "RERA Rental Index" section on the website. Meanwhile, you can download the Dubai REST app which also empowers tenants with vital real estate information, including the rental index.

Reasons for Discrepancies

1. Market Fluctuations: Dubai's real estate market can experience fluctuations due to factors such as changes in demand, supply, and economic conditions. As a result, rental rates may vary from one period to another, leading to discrepancies.

2. Property Upgrades: Landlords may charge higher rents if they have invested in property upgrades or renovations, aiming to offer enhanced amenities and facilities.

3. Maintenance and Services: Discrepancies may arise if landlords provide additional services or maintenance not included in the standard rental package.

4. Unique Property Features: Properties with unique features, such as scenic views or prime locations, may command higher rental values compared to similar units.

Resolving Discrepancies:

1. Data from RERA Rental Index: In the event of a discrepancy, tenants can present the data obtained from the RERA Rental Index, supporting their case for a fair rent.

2. Open Communication: Initiate an open and respectful conversation with the landlord, discussing the factors contributing to the discrepancy and expressing a willingness to negotiate.

3. RERA Mediation: If the issue persists, consider seeking assistance from RERA, which offers mediation services to resolve disputes and ensure adherence to the Rental Index guidelines.

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