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Verify before paying/ Protection for Renters (Muscat)

Hello InterNations members:

Does anyone know if there is any process or agency to check with before signing a lease and handing over money to a Landlord or property agent?

I would like to be able to verify that whomever I will be dealing with is the legitimate owner of the property or a licensed agent that has the permission to lease and collect money for that property. I have read many stories about people being scammed in Dubai and handing over money to fake agents that scam people out of their deposit or even worse and entire years rent.

In the UAE you can check with the Dubai Lands Department or RERA to verify the status of an agents license or check to see the actual property owners name to verify you are dealing with a legitimate person.

Does Oman have any similar service or protection for renters?

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