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Tue 14 Apr 2020 02:42 PM

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Despite Covid-19, Dubai residents still moving homes

Some experts believe that the 'lockdown effect' is driving some people to move to new homes in the emirate

Despite Covid-19, Dubai residents still moving homes

Movers are allowed to operate and many have been doing between 10 and 20 household moves each day despite the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to experts.

In a statement, Richard Waind, the managing director of Better Homes, said that “some people are looking to move either out of necessity, or they see this as an opportunity to get a good deal.”

“This week we had clarification that removal firms are operating and we have linked up with a courier service to allow us to get tenancy contracts signed,” he added. “While face to face viewings are not taking place, prospective tenants who are already familiar with the area and types of properties they are looking for, are open to virtual viewings.”

To move, tenants need to obtain move out and move in permits and get in touch with a moving company that is currently allowed to operate, with all the necessary legal permissions.

For families, move permits will have to be obtained from the Dubai permits website individually, with the ‘emergency’ option chosen and the move explained. Moves that take multiple days will require multiple move permits. Residents will be allowed to move between properties for the duration of the permit.

“Life has not stopped. People are moving and properties are still transferring. Last week we saw 510 sales transactions in Dubai worth AED 1.09 billion,” Lynnette Abad, director of research and data at Property Finder.

Better Homes’ Waind said that the ‘lockdown effect’ is also driving enquiries in the market.

“Home is now only where we live, but where we work and where we teach our kids, and we have seen an increase in tenant enquiries from residents in apartments who are considering a move for more space and outside space in particular,” he said.

“We have closed a number of villa leases from tenants who have taken the opportunity to move now to a property they feel more comfortable spending time at home,” Waind added.

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