Utility Registration Fees
All tenants and landlords in Dubai need to register the utilities in their name and pay a specified security deposit on the account. This includes the water and electricity connections (DEWA) and air conditioning (Empower, Emicool or Palm District Cooling).
The utility providers have separate accounts for both tenants and landlords. Utility services are initially connected in the developer’s name (when carrying out tests on the building etc) but must be changed over to the new owner upon Handover. Once a tenant is found, he/she too then registers separately and the utility payments become their responsibility. This is standard practice in Dubai.
DEWA registration fees are AED 2,110 (AED 2,000 refundable security deposit and AED 110 non-refundable connection fee).
Empower registration fees are AED 5,000 for a first time registration (AED 2,000 refundable security deposit, AED 2,000 non-refundable meter connection fee and AED 1,000 non-refundable admin fee).
Emicool and PDC registration fees depend on the number of bedrooms but range from AED 1,000-AED 3,000.