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 (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 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 . 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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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.

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.
  • 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.