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First Letting Agents is a long-established letting agency and property management company. We like to do our business with our landlords and tenants in a friendly and professional way.

We make it our business to keep up to date with all aspects of Property Lettings and Property Management because renting properties out and looking after them is our business. Our aims are to do what’s best for our landlords and for our tenants, these are not incompatible. Landlords want tenants who pay the rent on time and respect the property, tenants want a secure home where everything works as it should.

If you are a prospective tenant please browse our properties to let. If you have any questions or comments you can contact us here or call into the office. You may find it useful to read our tenants’ information page. You can also register for property alerts by using the form on the side.

If you are a property owner looking to rent out your property there is more information about the services we offer on our landlords’ information page. If you would like to discuss your options in more depth contact us here or phone the office for an appointment.

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Landlords

Residential Property Management

Renting your property

As the landlord you decide what type of tenancy to offer, for example whether to accept tenants who claim Housing Benefit or have pets, as well as the rental price and the duration of the tenancy. If you’re not sure what terms to offer we will discuss the options and advise you

We work to find suitable tenants and you choose what level of service you want us to provide

  1. Introduction Only
  2. Management Contract

Whatever level of service you choose we:

Advertise properties locally and on the internet and keep a mailing list of prospective tenants

Take photographs of the property and display them along with the property details in our advertisements, on our website and in our office

Arrange and attend viewings and office appointments with prospective tenants

Find suitable candidates and, if you are happy with them, check their references

Prepare an 

This is a form of tenancy where a tenant is assured of remaining at the property for at least six months. The landlord can give 2 months’ notice at any time after 4 months from the start of the tenancy.After the first six months have passed, the tenancy continues from month to month, usually subject to 2 months’ notice from the landlord or 1 month’s notice from the tenant.The tenancy comes to an end when the notice has expired.
(AST) Agreement

Collect the first month’s rent and the bond

Deposit the bond with the Government’s

All landlords and letting agents taking deposits for assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) in England and Wales are required to safeguard them with a government-authorised tenancy deposit protection scheme.As part of the Housing Act 2004 the Government introduced tenancy deposit protection for all assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) in England and Wales where a deposit is taken. From April 6th 2007, all deposits paid under an AST should have been protected within 14 calendar days of receipt by the landlord. From 6th April 2012, deposits for all assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) in England and Wales must now be protected within 30 calendar days of receipt by the landlord, this change is as a result of the Localism Bill 2011.The legislation aims to ensure that tenants who have paid a deposit to a landlord or letting agent and are entitled to receive all or part of it back at the end of that tenancy, actually get it.

Arrange for an

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed whenever a property is rented. You must order an EPC for potential tenants before you market you market your property for rent.An EPC contains Information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs and recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and it is valid for 10 years.
if necessary. Inspector’s fees may apply

Arrange for an inspection of any gas supply and appliances by a

Landlords:Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants in relation to gas safety. By law they must:

Repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances in safe condition

Ensure an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue, the safety check must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer

Keep a record of each safety check

Keep tenants informed about their responsibilities while they are staying in the property

Tenants:

You must report any problems with the gas supply immediately and make sure you know what to do in a gas emergency. Knowing the signs of danger and carbon monoxide poisoning could save your life

Find out how to turn off the gas supply if there is a gas leak. If you smell gas, call the 24 hour emergency gas service: at present this is 0800 111 999.

Engineer’s fees may apply.

At the end of the tenancy release the bond to the tenant minus any damages if appropriate

Introduction Only

First Letting Agents provides all the services listed above for a modest fee of £300 (inclusive), payable on the signing of the Tenancy Agreement.

We also prepare the necessary statutory notices which must be served before the start of the tenancy to ensure the tenant’s rights to remain at the property are limited and arrange for the tenancy to come into effect after payment of the initial rent and bond.

You make your own arrangements for collecting the rent and supervising the property.

What else can First Lettings do?

  • Instruct a Credit Reference Agency to undertake a fuller search
  • Take an inventory
  • Read the utility meters
  • Advise the local authorities and utility companies that the tenant is responsible for paying the relevant charges.
  • Prepare the forms on behalf of landlords if the tenant is claiming Housing Benefit

Our fees for these additional services are very reasonable and if you opt for a Management Contract most of them are included in the cost.

Management Contract

You get everything included in the Introduction service, plus, with your authority, we:

  • Use our own discretion on the suitability of a candidate
  • Sign papers on your behalf
  • Arrange for minor repairs to be carried out at our expense, subject to reimbursement from the forthcoming rent

If you choose our Management Contract we also:

  • Take an inventory
  • Read the utility meters
  • Advise the local authorities and utility companies that the tenant is responsible for paying the relevant charges.
  • Prepare Housing Benefit forms on your behalf if relevant
  • Collect the rent and deal with it as directed by you
  • Visit the property regularly and report any difficulties to you
  • Accept any complaints or comments from the tenant on your behalf

This service costs £175.00 (inclusive) for registration, due on the signing of the Tenancy Agreement, plus the Management Fee amounting to 10% of the monthly rent.

First Letting Agents has many years of experience in managing property and has access to a pool of skilled professional tradespeople. We deal with all repairs promptly and to a high standard. We know how to keep costs to a minimum while ensuring a proper job is done.

For enquiries or further information on any of the above please contact Tony Rees on 01554 778008 or click here to use our contact page to send us a message

FAQ

How does First Lettings find tenants?

  • We advertise properties locally and on the internet and keep a mailing list of prospective tenants
  • We take photographs of the property and display them along with the property details in our advertisements, on our website and in our office
  • We arrange viewings and office appointments with prospective tenants
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Tenants

Renting a property from First Letting Agents

First Letting Agents specialises in finding the right property for you. We list currently available properties on our website, on property listing websites and in the local press. If you see a property you are interested in please contact us to arrange a viewing.

If there’s nothing suitable listed you can register your interest with us by filling in the registration form on the side. We’ll email you when suitable properties become available.

To help you decide which properties to view please read the guide below.

Tenants’ Guide to Renting a Property

When you rent a property you are entering into a legal agreement. The agreement gives you the right to occupy the property and also lists your responsibilities. The agreement is called an

This is a form of tenancy where a tenant is assured of remaining at the property for at least six months. The landlord can give 2 months’ notice at any time after 4 months from the start of the tenancy.

After the first six months have passed, the tenancy continues from month to month, usually subject to 2 months’ notice from the landlord or 1 month’s notice from the tenant

The tenancy comes to an end when the notice has expired.

(AST)

The tenancy agreement will list the specific details of your tenancy but the following is a general guide to your rights and your responsibilities as a tenant.

What are my rights?

To be aware of the full terms of the tenancy agreement

To know the name and address of the landlord and/or letting agents

To live in a property that is in suitable condition for rental purposes

To have necessary repairs and maintenance carried out reasonably promptly

To live in safe accommodation, with all equipment, gas and electrical systems meeting required safety standards

To have a valid

Landlords:Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants in relation to gas safety. By law they must:

Repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances in safe condition

Ensure an annual gas safety check on each appliance and flue, the safety check must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer

Keep a record of each safety check

Keep tenants informed about their responsibilities while they are staying in the property

Tenants:

You must report any problems with the gas supply immediately and make sure you know what to do in a gas emergency. Knowing the signs of danger and carbon monoxide poisoning could save your life

Find out how to turn off the gas supply if there is a gas leak. If you smell gas, call the 24 hour emergency gas service: at present this is 0800 111 999.

from a Gas Safe Registered Engineer

To have peaceable and quiet enjoyment of the property, free from demands for access without prior notification

To receive a reasonable (statutory) period of notice if the landlord wants the agreement to end

To have the bond returned within a reasonable period of time

What are my responsibilities?

You must:

Pay the rent in full and on time

Ensure that no damage is caused to the property or its contents, whether by yourself, members of the household or visitors

Request written permission before making any alterations to the property,

Report any damage or need for repairs

Not disturb, be a nuisance to or annoy the neighbours

Provide access to the property for inspection or repairs as long as sufficient notice is given

Obtain written permission from your landlord if you want to sub-let or take in a lodger

Give the agreed amount of notice to your landlord if you wish to leave the property

Not leave the property unoccupied for longer than 14 days without informing the landlord or First Letting Agents

How much will it cost?

The prices quoted on our website are the amount you will pay in rent Per Calendar Month (PCM). Rent is due every month on the dates specified in the tenancy agreement.

Before you move in you will have to pay the agency fees, the first month’s rent in advance and a bond equal to the monthly rental.

For example.

Phil rents a three-bedroomed house for £450 per month and his first day in his new home is January 12th.

When he decides to rent the property he pays a non-refundable deposit for the agency fees of £100

Then on the signing of the tenancy agreement and before moving in he will pay:

First Month’s Rent £450

Bond £450

Total: £1000

After he moves in he will pay the monthly rent of £450 on the 12th of each following month, e.g. February 12th, March 12th, April 12th and so on.

FAQ’s

Why do I have to pay a bond?

Landlords require a bond to protect their property. This is because they have had experiences in the past when properties or fittings have been left damaged by tenants, or tenants have disappeared without paying the rent. On the other hand, some landlords have behaved badly and withheld repayment of the bond at the end of a tenancy.

What happens to my bond?

The good news is that it is now a legal requirement that your bond is protected by the Government’s

All landlords and letting agents taking deposits for assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) in England and Wales are required to safeguard them with a government-authorised tenancy deposit protection scheme.

As part of the Housing Act 2004 the Government introduced tenancy deposit protection for all assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) in England and Wales where a deposit is taken. From April 6th 2007, all deposits paid under an AST should have been protected within 14 calendar days of receipt by the landlord. From 6th April 2012, deposits for all assured shorthold tenancies (ASTs) in England and Wales must now be protected within 30 calendar days of receipt by the landlord, this change is as a result of the Localism Bill 2011.

The legislation aims to ensure that tenants who have paid a deposit to a landlord or letting agent and are entitled to receive all or part of it back at the end of that tenancy, actually get it.

. This means that the money is deposited securely in a Government backed scheme, and, subject to a satisfactory inspection, is given back to you at the end of the tenancy.

If there is any rent owing or damage to the property and/or fixtures and fittings it’s possible that the cost of repairing the damage or the amount of rent arrears will be deducted from the bond repayment.

What if I dispute any claim for damages?

The Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme offers a free dispute resolution service and if the outcome is that your money has been withheld unfairly you will get your bond back.

What about repairs?

How repairs are handled depends on which option the landlord has chosen. First Letting Agents offers two options.

Introduction Only

If your landlord takes this option then we deal with everything until you sign the tenancy agreement, pay the initial costs, take the keys and move in. After that you will have direct contact with the landlord for any repairs or other issues that may arise.

Management Contract

When your landlord signs up to our Management Contract we take over the responsibility of collecting the rent and arranging to deal with any repairs or other issues that may arise. We may also make periodic inspections of the property after giving you plenty of notice and arranging a convenient time.

First Letting Agents has many years of experience in managing property and has access to a pool of skilled professional tradespeople. We deal with all repairs promptly and to a high standard.

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For enquiries or further information on any of the above please contact us here or phone the office on 01554 778008

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Properties to Let

Latest properties:

2 bedroom house
Clos Cilsaig Dafen Llanelli
upvc double glazing, gas central heating, fitted kitchen, off road parking
£440 pcm

and

4/5 bedroom house.
Great Western Terrace Llanelli
upvc double glazing, gas central heating, fitted kitchen, large garden
£525 pcm

 

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First Letting Agents
20 Cliffe Terrace
Burry Port
SA16 0HL

Telephone 07544 301442

or contact us using the form below

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