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The Dubai service Charges are paid towards the maintenance of the property and amenities. These charges are paid to the Dubai Land Department. The maintenance charge is based on the RERA service and maintenance index. These fees are charged on a square foot basis and can range anywhere from AED 3 to AED 30 per month or more depending upon the area / Dubai community.
Service charges apply to each property owner who owns a property in Dubai. The service charge is calculated on a per square foot basis, with the amount varying between project developments depending on factors such as which floor the apartment is located on, whether it has a terrace or balcony, etc.
Property buyers must pay additional fees for buying property in Dubai in the form of this Dubai Service charges. However, there are many fees aside from the property service charges, such as property transfer and registration fees, agency fees, security deposit, insurance fees, and Dubai electricity and water authority fees which also needs to be considered while planning to buy an apartment in Dubai.
Apart from these, Developers also charge something known as a Sinking Fund. The sinking fund for properties in Dubai acts as reserve funds which are set aside for any major repairs or maintenance that may be required in the future. This Sinking fund is also payable by the homeowner and will cover items such as repair, renovation, or replacement of the roof, external cladding, fire alarms, safety systems, A/C systems in the common areas, windows, balconies, parking areas, elevators, and so on. Other service charges that add-on to the total cost includes utilities for chiller-free and district cooling units if available within the Community.