From faulty smoke detectors to investing in new developments, District Real Estate’s director of business development, Alan Kaye, addresses your property concerns
Q: We are concerned about fire safety regulations in our complex. Are smoke detectors the responsibility of the renter? Where can we find out evacuation procedures and should we be informed of these by the landlord?
A: Fire safety is primarily the responsibility of the landlord but clearly as the tenant you have a vested interest to ensure that everything works correctly and that you are aware what to do if a fire does occur.
A new fire safety code was introduced in January of this year and it covers both new and established buildings. One of the key points is that fire safety is a joint responsibility between tenants, landlords and the relevant authorities.
Check yourself that you are satisfied with the arrangements and if you are not then make sure that something is done about it.
Q: I am thinking of purchasing a property in Abu Dhabi. Are there any upcoming developments that you would consider as a strong investment?
A: As a non Emirati there are only six areas of Abu Dhabi in which you can purchase a property. These are Saadiyat Island, Reem Island, Al Reef, Raha Beach, Yas Island and Al Ghadeer.
Three developments that I would suggest are Water’s Edge on Yas Island and both the Saadiyat Lagoons District and Mamsha Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island.
Look out for my new monthly online property column starting next month on adwonline.ae in which I will discuss this subject in more depth.
Q: I recently heard about a scam where a real estate agent posed as a landlord and stole over AED 100k from a tenant. How can I avoid such scams?
A: The easy answer is to make sure that you deal with a reputable real estate company such as District. You should also only deal with companies that are registered with the municipality and ask for proof.
The Department of Municipal Affairs will be introducing a system whereby individual brokers are also registered, similar to the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) in Dubai, but so far there is no firm start date.
You can also ask colleagues and friends for recommendations of companies they have dealt with, and if you have any suspicions then just walk away.
Q: I have been looking for new accommodation in Abu Dhabi but it seems that rental prices are cheaper in Dubai. Am I allowed to live in Dubai even though I work for an Abu Dhabi company?
A: Prices in Dubai are generally about 20 percent lower than Abu Dhabi, but unfortunately you will need to have a property in Abu Dhabi if you are to have a Tawtheeq contract. This is a requirement for all government employees and for most other companies if you are receiving a housing allowance.
Q: The bidet hose in our bathroom has been leaking for six months. The maintenance team have tried to fix it but they have said that it needs replacing and are waiting for approval from the landlord. How can I speed up the process?
A: Items such as this can be very annoying and often do drag on for months. I would suggest that you obtain an estimate for the cost of the replacement and email the landlords with the estimate and advise them that you will proceed yourself with the repair and bill them accordingly. If they do not respond then you may have to actually do this anyway and just hope that they pay up!
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