1- Guarantee the Landlord is the actual owner of the property. Ask to check the name on the Title Deed and cross check that it’s the same name as the one mentioned in their passport.
2- Ask the Landlord for proof of payment of all service charges. Do not sign the lease agreement until Landlord has paid all the outstanding dues.
3- Look up your Real Estate Agency on the RERA website to make sure the Agency you are dealing with is licensed and the Estate agent is certified by RERA.
4- Do not issue cheques or transfer rental payments to any person except the actual owner of the property, as per the name on the Title Deed.
5- Avoid cash transactions at any point of time throughout the process.
6- If the Landlord has a Power of Attorney (POA), then ask for their documents i.e. Passport/VISA/Emirates ID. Also ensure the POA is stamped by the Dubai Court and the validity of the document is 2 years.
When working with a good real estate agent, they will check all of the above for you but it’s still always wise to be cautious and review all the paperwork before committing to a property. Hope these tips will come in handy for you in the future. If you have any further questions on this topic, feel free to get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org