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Tenants
Finding a home to rent
Search for a property and find everything you need to know about getting the keys to your own home.
Tenants
Finding a home to rent
Search for a property and find everything you need to know about getting the keys to your own home.

Looking to Let?

More about renting

We have created a list of printable PDF's to provide you with more information

Our dedicated Lettings Centre is based in Oakengates and exclusively looks after the properties available to let across the region.

Our transparent online application process makes it easy to apply for the property you want and a very detailed photographic inventory, combined with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, gives you reassurance from the outset.

If you've seen a property that you would like to rent through DB Roberts; contact us.

We are members of ARLA Propertymark which means we meet higher industry standards than the law demands. Our experts undertake regular training to ensure they are up to date with best practice and complex legislative changes so they can offer you the best advice. If you feel unhappy about any aspect of our service, please follow our complaints procedure, which can be found here.

Looking to Let?

Our dedicated Lettings Centre is based in Oakengates and exclusively looks after the properties available to let across the region.

Our transparent online application process makes it easy to apply for the property you want and a very detailed photographic inventory, combined with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, gives you reassurance from the outset.

If you've seen a property that you would like to rent through DB Roberts; contact us.

We are members of ARLA Propertymark which means we meet higher industry standards than the law demands. Our experts undertake regular training to ensure they are up to date with best practice and complex legislative changes so they can offer you the best advice. If you feel unhappy about any aspect of our service, please follow our complaints procedure, which can be found here.

More about renting

We have created a list of printable PDF's to provide you with more information

Renting with DB Roberts

Our 10 step guide to renting
1
Setting your budget
Before you start looking for the right property, first consider what your priorities are - location, number of bedrooms etc and match them against your available budget.  Using a rent affordability calculator will help you to do this. You can then start looking for the right property that meets your criteria. We recommend that you register with us for property updates that covers the area you're looking at. Registering is a great way to ensure that as soon as any property comes up that matches your criteria, you are notified.
2
Booking a viewing
Once you have found a property that you are interested in, get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time for you to view the property. Our staff are fully trained in helping you find the perfect home so the more information you can give them to explain exactly what you are looking for and what is on your wish list will assist them in helping you to find your 'home'.
3
Make the decision
If you would like to rent a property that you have seen you should then notify us that you would like to rent it out. From a finance perspective, make sure that you consider how much the deposit is and any agent fees that may apply.
4
Completing the paperwork
The referencing process then begins and as a minimum will include: References from your current landlord and employer, Credit checks, Providing identification of who you are. In some circumstances you may be asked to provide a guarantor. The same reference checks are then carried out for your guarantor as were done for you. We will then inform you if your application has been successful.
5
Signing the tenancy agreement & paying the deposit
A tenancy agreement is then drawn up which details all of the legal and contractual obligations that both you and your landlord must adhere to. It is important that you are familiar with the agreement before you sign it so make sure that you ask for a draft agreement when your application is accepted. The security deposit and the first rental payment is then taken. It is a legal requirement that the tenancy deposit is registered with a Government approved deposit scheme after it has been paid. Before you can move in you must pay the balance of any monies owed such as the first months' rent, the deposit and any outstanding fees.
6
Moving in
Before you move in DB Roberts (or the Landlord) will have had an inventory prepared. This document describes the condition of the property and anything left behind by the landlord. The inventory is used when you leave the property to ensure that the condition that you leave it in can be fairly assessed against any deposit deductions that may come up. Your landlord is responsible for insuring the building and their possessions but you may want to take out your own contents insurance.
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FAQs

What are my responsibilities?
By signing a tenancy agreement, you have agreed to abide by all the terms contained within it. The most common duties you must perform as a tenant are to pay your rent on time, pay household bills on time, report any damages you notice and maintain the cleanliness of the property. You are responsible for mowing the grass and keeping the garden tidy.
Check Your Finances. Before you start house hunting, work out how much you can afford each month. The average monthly cost of rent is 35% of your regular wage remember to budget for amenities like gas, electricity and water, phone and internet connections, TV licence, council tax (if you’re not a student).
Remember to put enough aside for food, household items and any other regular outgoings. You may also need to pay a deposit, this is usually one months' rent, although it could be up to five weeks rent depending on your circumstances and whether you have permitted pets, and will be held until the end of the tenancy.
At DB Roberts we can also put you in touch with someone to help with Lifestyle protection, as the need to protect your income in the case of critical Illness is essential in helping you to continue to afford your rent.
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What happens if repairs are required?
If you feel there is a problem that needs fixing - an integrated appliance such as cooker, fridge etc - or general repair work that is needed on a property that we manage, you should contact us immediately. We will inform your landlord and if necessary, call upon one of the reputable tradesmen on our database of contractors. You should be aware that if you cause damage to the property or its contents or decoration you will usually be required to pay the cost of repairing it.
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Is my landlord able to increase the rent?
Should your landlord wish to increase the rent that you pay, they must enter into a period of negotiations with you; we will be happy to mediate should this arise to help achieve a satisfactory outcome for both parties. Your rent cannot be increased during the fixed term of an assured short hold tenancy.
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What happens should I decide to move out?
A period of notice will be set out in your tenancy agreement and you must serve this when you intend to leave. Providing this is followed, it is easy to move out of a property, as long as you adhere to the timescales and procedures that are in place. You should tell us as soon as you have decided to move out and we will advise you on your next steps. You cannot stop paying rent until the end of the tenancy period.
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Can I redecorate?
You need the landlord's consent before you redecorate. Please contact the Property Management department and we will speak to the landlord. You can call us on 01743 284973 or email us.
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Can my landlord enter the property?
Your landlord and DB Roberts as managing agent must give you sufficient notice if they wish to enter the property, except in the case of an emergency such as a burst pipe.
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Can I extend my tenancy at a property?
Once the end date of the initial fixed term of the tenancy agreement has been reached, it is often possible to renew it so you can continue living at the property. As the term comes into its final months, please contact us to discuss and we can advise you on your landlord's willingness to extend your tenancy agreement.
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When will my tenancy deposit be returned?
Once you have moved out of the property we will conduct a check-out service and examine the Schedule of Condition; we will report the results to both you and the landlord. Your deposit will then be returned in accordance with the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme, less any deductions should they be warranted.
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