Tenants

We manage property to let of various types and sizes within Edinburgh and The Lothians. At the present time the letting market within Edinburgh is very busy. Properties will generally let very quickly, especially city centre flats of all sizes.

All the properties we presently have on the market are displayed within the properties to let on our web site.

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Tenants Frequently Asked Questions

You will be required to provide photographic ID if your application is accepted.

There is no minimum lease length for private tenants in Scotland, but we are generally seeking tenants who will stay a minimum of 6 months.

We deal with both types and the advert will specify how the property is available.

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. All adverts will state whether it has an HMO licence, if it doesn’t then it can’t be occupied by more than 2 unrelated adults.

Some landlords will accept, other won’t, it may depend on the property, the type, age, size, etc of the pet and whether it is at home during the day. If you have a pet and would like it to be considered please mention this when enquiring about a property. If a pet is accepted then the tenant must pay additional £200 deposit to that advertised.

Each adult staying within the property is required to complete an Application Form.

In the Application form you will be required to complete details of your employment, your salary, etc. along with all home addresses over the last 3 years. This is to allow us to take a credit reference and it is the outcome of this that will allow the landlord to determine if your application is acceptable. If you are self-employed we will need details of your accountant.

There is a minimum salary level that will be acceptable for each property. This is the Monthly Rent X 30. e.g. Rent £800 x 30 = minimum salary of £24,000. If you are still paying a mortgage, then the annual mortgage payments will be deducted from your earnings. These figures can be split over all the adults within the property but please note a lease is signed on a joint and several basis so any one person can be made responsible should the other tenants not fulfil their obligations.

If you don’t fulfil this requirement you will be required to provide a Guarantor. A Guarantor should be UK homeowner and to meet the affordability of 36 X the monthly rental share. They should complete a Guarantor Application Form to show they are meeting the minimum earning ratios connected with proving they have sufficient income to afford the rent in addition to their own outgoings.

For private tenants there are no fees associated with making an Application Form. Once your application has been accepted you will be required to pay the deposit in full in order to secure the property and remove it from the market. This will be required once we have taken up your references and the landlord has accepted any application.

You should generally only request a viewing if you are able to attend the viewing with a couple of days of contacting us.

It is not possible for someone else to view a property on your behalf, you will need to view a property in person prior to completing an Application Form.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 :)