Residential Property Lettings
Evaluation & Advice
We will visit your property and make a professional rental assessment free of charge. Location, size, condition and demand for your property type are all taken into consideration. We can do this with or without you in attendance – the choice is yours. We will discuss the desired rent, you hope to achieve, and any special conditions you wish to apply. These include whether you will allow children, pets, smokers and so forth – and the length of time for which you wish to rent the property. The rent quoted will be the best market rent for that particular property. We will explain your responsibility as a landlord to third parties when your property is let. Then, you must advise your mortgage lender, insurance company and, if the property is an apartment, the freeholder. Your property must be in good decorative order, and we will advise you of any cosmetic work required to help achieve its full rental potential. Any works required prior to the letting should be completed before the property is shown to prospective tenants. A property in good condition will achieve a better rental figure, and in general, will be well maintained by the tenants. Your legal rights are the same whether you are letting your property furnished or unfurnished. If necessary, we can advise you on which items to leave in the property.
Effective marketing is key to our success, and all properties are promoted throughout our network of offices. Our extensive database can match a suitable property to an applicant’s particular requirements. We also enjoy excellent relations with the corporate and professional sectors, with regard to staff relocations, and also view properties with prospective tenants in mind. We discuss prospective tenants’ requirements with them, and then make arrangements to view selected properties with one of our staff. We also block book corporate advertisements in the national newspapers, to advertise our rental properties, at no extra cost to the landlord.
An experienced member of staff will accompany prospective tenants at viewings, which are arranged at a pre-arranged, convenient time. All key feedback will be quickly conveyed back to you. As part of our service, we will secure and check all of the necessary references from suitable tenants, such as previous landlord, employment, etc.
Our tenancy agreement has been drawn up to protect your rights and interests. It complies with legal requirements. Special conditions can be included in the lease agreement and, while DNG have their own conditions, individual landlords are invited to include special points that may be pertinent to their property. In general, the tenants pay one month’s rent and one month’s security deposit on or before the signing of the lease. After the deduction of fees and outlays, we will send you a balancing statement. If we manage your property, we will hold the security deposit until the end of the tenancy. Otherwise, It is the landlord’s responsibility to hold the security deposit and return it to the tenants at the end of their agreement, or when they vacate the property. If required, we will ask the tenants to complete a standing order for future rental payments.
Transfer of Utilities
We will take meter readings for the gas and the electricity, as required, and transfer the accounts into the new tenants names.
We can prepare an inventory of contents for our managed properties should the landlord so request. There is a supplementary charge for this service.
Renewal of Lease
Most of our clients avail of our renewals service (available at an additional charge), details of which are below. Renewals are of the utmost importance, in order to ensure that landlords and tenants are protected throughout a tenancy. Without a fixed-term lease agreement in place, a tenant can withhold rent, leave unannounced, trash your property, or sublet to friends and family without your consent. We are one of the only estate agents in Dublin who offer a full renewals service, at a competitive fee.