Traveling for a month or two – can I rent out my house in Dubai?

“Yes, it is legal for renters to rent their villa or apartment as a vacation home for one or two months when they are outside the UAE,” said Joanna Plunkett, Short-Term Rentals Manager at Better. Homes.

“However, it is important to obtain a holiday home license from the Department of Tourism and Trade Marketing (DTCM) and follow the rules and regulations for maintaining a holiday home in Dubai,” added Plunkett.

For example, the vacation home must be rented as a whole unit, you cannot rent just part of the property, such as a bedroom or sleeping area. Additionally, you will also need to purchase home insurance to cover any damages that may occur during the guest’s stay.

Yes, it is legal for tenants to rent their villa or apartment as a vacation home for one or two months when outside the UAE

– Joanna Plunkett, Short-Term Rentals Manager at Better Homes

Get your landlord’s approval

Justine Mae Olayres, COO of Dubai-based Primestay Vacation Homes Rental LLC, explained that if you don’t own the property, you’ll need the owner’s approval.

“Tenants can only apply for the DTCM Vacation Home Permit if they get a Letter of No Objection (NOC) from their landlord and are renting the property on a short-term basis,” she said.

Tenants can only apply for the DTCM Vacation Home Permit if they obtain a Letter of No Objection (NOC) from their landlord and rent the property short term.

– Justine Mae Olayres, Director of Operations at Primestay Vacation Homes Rental LLC

Inform the management of your building

According to experts who spoke to Gulf News, tenants must also inform their building management and security that they have a vacation home license and are operating a vacation rental in the apartment complex or community villa. .

“It is important to email apartment security and community management with the DTCM license, date of arrival and copies of guests’ passports. This is to ensure that they know if the person is allowed to stay in the apartment when they arrive,” Plunkett said.

How do I apply for the holiday home permit?

Olayres explained that to set up your home as a short-term vacation rental, you must first apply for a permit from the DTCM, which is under Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET).

She said: “Tenants can obtain this permit in two ways – either by dealing with a real estate agency, who will manage the whole process and market the house on platforms such as Airbnb and oversee its maintenance. Alternatively, a renter can do this on their own, by registering for the permit directly through the DTCM website.

What is a standard and luxury vacation home?

According to Olayres, the DTCM offers two categories of holiday homes: standard and luxury.
She said: “When applying for the permit, you have to fill in a checklist with the different amenities in your apartment or villa. Depending on what you checked, your home will be classified as a standard holiday home or a luxury.”

To read a detailed guide on how to obtain a holiday home permit in Dubai via the DTCM website – hh.dtcm.gov.ae – click here

Does the property need to be inspected?

To ensure that holiday homes in Dubai comply with the conditions set out by the DTCM, the authority carries out routine inspections of properties.

“Normally, the department will call and schedule the inspection with the tenant before inspecting the unit. If the unit is occupied, they schedule the inspection once it is vacant,” Olayres said.

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