Landlord Services

We manage property of various types and sizes within Edinburgh and the Lothians. At the present time the letting market within Edinburgh is very busy and we have a shortage of available properties to meet the high levels of demand. This is particularly the case with central one and two bedroom Edinburgh flats.

For details of the different levels of service available please see the sub-pages for the following services:

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Landlord Frequently Asked Questions

No, but there is a great deal of legislation covering property to let these days, so if you don’t have any experience in the field you may find it extremely challenging. A good agent will remove you from the daily stress sometimes associated with managing the property.

This will depend on the property, the location and its condition. Our experienced staff will guide you through the valuation process.

Yes, it is a condition of any mortgage that you advise them when there is a change of circumstances.

We deal with both types of property so we will advise you what is best for your target market.

Yes, any property occupied by more than two unrelated people must have an HMO Licence. This stands for House in Multiple Occupation. There are higher safety standards for these properties so they will be licensed for a maximum of 3, 4, 5 tenants, etc. We can provide a service to apply for an initial HMO Licence and an HMO Licence Renewal.

Yes, we deal with the signing of a Private Residential Tenancy Agreement for any private tenants.

Yes the tenant will be responsible for gas, electricity, telephone/broadband (if required) for the duration of their occupancy.

The tenant is responsible for any council tax during their occupation of the property.

The tenant will pay a deposit before taking entry and this is transferred to a government-approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme within 30 working days of the lease starting.

We take a full inventory prior to the tenant taking entry. This is a lengthy process as it needs to include full descriptions of the property and contents as well as including photos. At the end of the tenancy we will check this again.

Every property advertised to let needs an EPC that has been carried out within the last 10 years. There are minimum energy performance standards and any property that doesn’t meet the minimum standards can’t be let until a minimum level of works have been carried out. We will provide advise on these minimum levels and the options available to you.

You require an annual Landlord Gas Safety Certificate for all gas appliances within the property. We can arrange this on your behalf.

You are required to carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) every 5 years, as well as an annual Portable Appliance Test and visual check every year there isn’t an EICR being carried out.

Refurbishment Case Study – Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh

This property was located in Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, and had been let out for a number of years. The kitchen and bathroom had reached the end of their useful life so we met with the client to discuss the best options.
The existing kitchen was very small and there was a good sized box room that could be combined with a recess off the living room. The 2 bedroom property was reconfigured to create an internal kitchen, allowing us to increase the number of bedrooms to 3 and also to create an en suite shower room off the master bedroom.

Refurbishment Case Study – Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh before

This shows the recess from the livingroom being combined with the box room to create an internal kitchen.

Refurbishment Case Study – Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh before

The old kitchen that was too small for the new kitchen.

Bathroom 2 before renovation

The old bathroom now in urgent need of replacement.

Refurbishment Case Study – Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh before

The old kitchen being stripped out to make way for the new en suite shower room off the master bedroom.

Refurbishment Case Study – Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh before

The old bathroom now stripped out.

Refurbishment Case Study – Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh before

The new bathroom taking shape.

Refurbishment Case Study – Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh before

The new internal kitchen.

Refurbishment Case Study – Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh before

The new en suite shower room.

Refurbishment Case Study – Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh before

The new bathroom.

The rental was increased from £840 per month to £1550 – that’s 84%! The cost of the work was less than £25,000, including refurbishment of the windows and carpeting/floor coverings throughout. The capital value of the property was also obviously increased as a result.

We project-managed this upgrade from start to finish.

  • Chloe Smith
  • Tenant

My flatmate and I are first time renters in our 3rd year of university, we have been renting a lovely flat from Dove Davies for around 2 years. We have had regular inspections among other services such as boiler services etc. one of which had to be rearranged as neither of us were available to attend - it was efficiently dealt with and re-arranged with no questions asked. Apart from the necessary emails we haven't heard a peep - it is just like having our own home. Our landlord has been grand and Dove Davies has been a pleasure to work with, we will be sad to move out after graduation. Thanks for everything so far! I'd definitely recommend Dove Davies to others.

  • Derek Beavis
  • Landlord

Before leaving the UK to work abroad, I carried some research to decide which Property Management Company to leave my property with. I decided on Dove Davies. I chose Dove Davies because they displayed the balance of looking after the interests of the Landlord firstly and also the tenants ( I had previously been a tenant for over 10 years so was keen to have a Company that could deal fairly and timely with any renters issues also). I have now been abroad for over 17 yrs, and during this time DD have proven to be a very capable and safe pair of hands to leave my property with. For me it has been a hassle-free experience, which is what I was looking for :)

  • Omar Elmi
  • Landlord

Dove Davies have managed a flat for us for 9 years now and have always done a good professional job. In that time they have arranged 3 lettings to good tenants and carried out regular safety checks, repairs/redecoration and admin/accounting, all with minimal fuss. Would recommend them.

  • Dan Smith
  • Tenant

I've been a tenant with Dove Davies for 5+ years. After renting with other more firms and agencies, it's been nice to be with a reliable one for a change. It's an old flat, but any issues I've had have been dealt with in a timely fashion - I think it's also helped that the landlord has been amenable to the work needing done. All inspections have been carried out with proper notice and on time. No qualms about recommending them to others.

  • Keiran Highes
  • Tenant

I have been privately renting from Dove Davies for just under 2 years, the service I have received has been great. All staff I have had contact with have been friendly and welcoming, any concerns or problems I report are quickly resolved and/or a solution agreed. Well recommended.

  • Landlord
  • Landlord

Me and my husband have rented our current property with Dove Davies since April 2015 and in that time if we have had any issues they have been dealt with very promptly. The staff are always friendly and polite. Whenever we have had a problem i.e. boiler service or any sort of maintenance they have come round at times that we have asked them to call at due to me being at work. My husband has mobility issues and the landlord allowed the council to fit a hand rail in the bathroom for him we also had a disabled bay put outside even when we asked the landlord if they would decorating the bedroom they done it for us we would highly recommend Dove Davies to others.

  • Anna Watts
  • Landlord

Dove Davies & Partners is an excellent company! We have used them for over 8 years now and have found them to be very responsive to our needs and professional to deal with. They have also been very proactive in making recommendations that would help maintain our property and make it more marketable for future tenants. In the past 5 years our property has had 4 tenants but vacant for less than 3 weeks. Excellent service and would recommend to anyone especially if you live overseas like we do.

  • Jerry Middleton
  • Landlord

As one relatively new to the business of renting out a property, I was looking for a letting agency who would take the hassle out of being a landlord. Dove Davies had been recommended to me after a succession of difficulties with the firm I'd initially used: and I've been entirely satisfied with the service which they have provided - they were certainly all that the person recommending them to me assured me they would be. They have managed the property well, anticipated issues, advised me helpfully, and have always put their client's needs and concerns first. It has been great to have had the service of a firm who clearly know their business, are attentive to their client, and are ready to go the 'second mile'. They have been efficient in all aspects of their business, prompt and patient in dealing with every enquiry, and courteous in all their dealings with me. I can highly recommend them!

  • Wilfred Banfield
  • Landlord

Dove Davies have managed our property for over ten years and have done so exceptionally well. Their staff are helpful and easy to deal with and are always willing to assist with any problems that we have had.

  • Sue Dixson
  • Landlord

They have assisted us in managing our property over many years with efficient and friendly service. No problem has been too much for them. We would highly recommend this company.