How much is the security deposit and is my landlord allowed to keep it once I move out?

In the Emirate of Dubai, landlords generally request the tenant to pay a security deposit of 5% of the annual rent for unfurnished and 10% for furnished properties. The security deposit is paid at the beginning of the tenancy and must be returned to the tenant, fully or partially, upon vacating the premises. The law does not provide for regulations regarding permissible deductible items or the period during which security deposits must be returned. At any rate, the security deposit may only be used for repairs necessary upon the tenant vacating the premises, but not for maintenance works occurring during the tenancy.

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