Setting the rent
There is a balance to be struck between obtaining the best rental return, securing a good tenant and ensuring your property is void (i.e. empty and not producing a return) for as short a period as possible. By relying on the advice and marketing knowledge of DB Roberts valuers experienced in the local market, you are in safe hands.
Choosing your tenant
All prospective tenants must complete a detailed application form accompanied by photographic proof of identity and right of residence in the UK. Those considered to be the most appropriate for your property are then referenced and credit checked via a specialist national company. You will then decide, in discussion with our lettings team, on your choice of tenant.
The legal bit
Most houses are let for a fixed period on a Assured Shorthold Tenancy with all the terms set out in a written Tenancy Agreement signed by both the landlord and tenant. DB Roberts will arrange this as part of our service and then collect the tenancy deposit and the first month's rent before releasing the keys to the tenant. We will also liaise with the tenant as regards notifying utility providers and the local authority council tex department.
Marketing at its best
As leading agents, DB Roberts offer maximum advertising and promotional exposure on property portals like Rightmove and Zoopla in addition to our own website, in the local press, through our network of branch offices and via social media. This ensures your property generates the most interest and viewings and ensures you have the widest choice of tenants.
Safety for your tenant
The law requires your property to meet standards in respect of gas and electricity systems, fire safety, hot water systems and more. It must have a current Energy Performance Certificate and provide basic systems such as heating and hot water. If DB Roberts are acting as your managing agents, we will organise all of this for you prior to the tenant being able to move in.
Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme
It is a legal requirement that the security deposit is registered with the government backed TDPS, details of which must be provided to the tenant. As managing agents, DB Roberts look after all these arrangements; we also prepare a Schedule of Condition of your property at the time the tenancy starts, supported by video imaging. This evidence is essential in resolving any issues regarding the condition in which the tenant leaves your property at the end of the tenancy and your entitlement to make deductions from the security deposit before it is returned to the tenant.