Guide for tenants
Finding a property
The first step is to contact us to provide brief details about yourself and about the accommodation you require. We then search our database for suitable properties for you to view. If not urgent, we log your details so that we can contact you as suitable properties become available. It is wise to start looking about a 4-6 weeks before you wish to move, as the more desirable properties are viewed and reserved quickly. We regret that not all landlords can assist LHA claimants due to insurance or mortgage clauses. Our tenancies are granted for a minimum term of 6 months and can be renewed thereafter.
Viewings will be arranged at times to suit you, and you will invariably be accompanied by a member of staff, who can give advice and answer any questions you may have.
Reserving the property
Once you have decided on a property, you will need to reserve it. To do so you must either provide your own references to Fife Letting Service or ask Fife Letting Service to complete these on your behalf .
As a minimum we will require satisfactory references from your employer (or college), and a previous or current landlord. We may also require a personal reference, and sometimes a guarantor. In addition a credit check will be undertaken. We may use the services of an independent referencing company to obtain and evaluate these references. The landlords decision is final.
Rents are normally quoted calendar monthly, and payable monthly in advance. The tenant is usually also responsible for Council Tax, Water Rates, Gas, Electricity and Telephone costs. All rents are payable by bank standing order to our company bank account.
A security deposit of a minimum of one month`s rental will normally be required. This deposit will be treated in accordance with the Tenancy Deposit Protection regulations, and you will be informed of which protection scheme is utilised. The deposit is held to cover damage, breakages, and any other liabilities under the terms of your tenancy agreement. Please note that under no circumstances can the deposit be used by the tenant to cover rent.
The landlord will insure the building and his own contents, the tenant will be responsible for insuring their own belongings. Tenants insurance can include the following :
Up to your selected sum insured for damage to your household furniture, equipment, furnishings, clothing and personal possessions whilst in your home (excludes business equipment).
Up to ?2,500 for accidental damage to your landlord`s contents, fixtures & fittings for which you are responsible.
Up to your selected sum insured for loss or accidental damage to your clothing, watches, jewellery, spectacles, other valuables (excluding mobile telephones) and pedal cycles whilst away from your home anywhere in the UK or whilst temporarily elsewhere in the world. Theft from unattended vehicles must be from a locked boot.
Further information can be provided on request.