My agent found a suitable property in Abu Dhabi for me. I asked him for a copy of the title deed but the agent said the building has just been handed over and the owner has not yet completed all his payments to the developer. Hence, the owner does not have a title deed yet. The agent is now asking me for a deposit so that I can secure the property. Should I take the lease?


For Abu Dhabi residents, if the landlord is an Emirati national, request to see the title deed to the property. If the landlord is an expat, request to see a handover certificate from the developer stating that the expat is the current owner of the property. This is because in Abu Dhabi, title deeds to property are not yet provided for expats.