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Dubai tenants can now lease their homes

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It’s widely known that subletting in Dubai is restricted, but under a new initiative, tenants can seek authorisation to lease their home on a short-term basis. Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has updated its application portal so that owners and authorized tenants don’t have to submit the same detailed application as professional operators.

So what does that mean for tenants? If you are renting in Dubai and looking to apply to lease your property, you must be aware that you need to rent your home as a whole (not just a single room, which is still prohibited). To qualify as a holiday home provider, you need a no-objection certificate from your landlord and to meet the quality, health and safety, insurance and code of conduct standards.

This new initiative is in line with Dubai Vision 2020, which was announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aims to boost tourism numbers and revenue by 2020. It’s hoped that within that time frame, there will be 20 million visitors annually.

“As part of the dialogue with our partners, the industry and providers, we are continuously looking at how to enhance our overall offering to ensure Dubai remains competitive and appeals to an evolving diversity of travelers,” said Khaled bin Touq, executive director, Tourism Activities and Classification Sector of Dubai Tourism.

In order to maintain high standards, Dubai Tourism will carry out inspections of registered homes in order to classify them as ‘standard’ or ‘delux’.

So it looks like we could see a lot more on offer on Dubizzle and Airbnb.

If you’re interested in renting out your home, check out www.visitdubai .com 

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