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>Completing the paperwork
>The Lease
>Moving In
>Rent Payments
>Insurance
>Emergencies

 

Viewings

To view any of our properties, please contact our office during normal opening hours: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm on: 0131 610 0510 or email us at: info@leithlets.com
We can offer viewings Monday - Sunday between 9.00am - 9.00pm. You will need to make your own way to the property so please ensure you find out where you are going ahead of the appointment. Our website has links to maps of all our available properties. Our viewers have a busy schedule of viewings throughout the day and may not be able to wait for you if you are late. Please note you must view a property in person before placing a deposit.


Reserving a property

We do not charge tenants any admin or referencing fees whatsoever!

If you decide you wish to apply for the property you can pay a £200.00 holding deposit. This will be deducted from the full deposit balance due. Once this has been paid the property will be immediately withdrawn from advertising while your application is processed. Please note where cancellation is the fault of the tenant, e.g. providing misleading or false information or deciding not to proceed, the landlord or agent is entitled to hold back from any refund of prepayments a reasonable sum to cover the costs incurred.


Completing the paperwork

All applicants must complete an application form. A separate application is required for each adult resident. All tenants will be subject to a credit check, employment and current Landlord checks. A Guarantor may be required in some instances for a tenancy to proceed. A surety or rent guarantee is generally used whenever the tenant’s ability to pay the rent is in question or where there has been a frequent change in employment or indeed a gap in the tenant’s employment history. All applications are subject to the approval of the landlord.

Under the Anti Money Laundering Regulations, we are required to obtain a Proof of Identity and Proof of Residency from you. It will therefore be necessary for us to see your current Passport/Driving Licence and a Utility Bill or Bank Statement dated between 3 and 6 months old (not a Mobile Phone bill) showing your name and address.

We will process your application and will contact you once references have been received.


The Lease

Once referencing has been completed, and if you are offered a tenancy, we will then contact you to confirm the lease signing arrangements. You will at that time be required to pay the full deposit balance, and one month’s rent in advance.
Subsequent rental payments are payable monthly in advance, by standing order, on the date of entry of each successive calendar month. For example if your tenancy begins on the 6th of the month, your rental payments are due on the 6th of every month.

In accordance to The Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011, the deposit will be held by a Tenancy Deposit Scheme provider until the end of the tenancy, this will allow deposits to be arbitrated more fairly at the end of tenancies.


Moving In

We will meet you at the property on the day of your entry/lease start date to issue your keys. A full property inventory will also be taken as well as meter readings. The signed approved inventory will be used at the final inspection when you eventually vacate the property.

It is also important you contact utility providers and Edinburgh City Council to arrange Council Tax at the start of the tenancy. We will also notify them too.


Rent Payments

You will be aware that it is a condition of your Lease to pay your rent by Standing Order and in order to assist in setting this up, we will provide you with a mandate for you to instruct your Bank. The date your rent is due will be highlighted. Please ensure that Leith Lets receive your rent on that date, you may need to set up the standing order 3 days before.

If your rent is delayed in any month and we need to contact you, you will be charged an administration fee of £10.00 per time for correspondence in that connection, and any legal costs if payment remains outstanding.

We request that the Standing Order is cancelled following your final payment. If we receive payments beyond the last rent you may be charged a handling fee of £10.00 to return the overpayment.

Insurance

Our advice is always to ensure that you have an appropriate insurance policy in place before moving into your chosen property. This is good practice because:
• Your landlord will have no liability for any of your personal possessions. This means that their insurance will not cover any items which belong to you and, as such, they will have no responsibility in the event of any loss.
• As a tenant you agree to be liable for the cost of any repairs which are attributable either to your own fault or negligence or that of any guests.
Therefore we strongly recommend that all of our tenants arrange insurance which provides cover in both of these instances. Further details available on request.


Emergencies

Use of the Leith Lets out of hours emergency call out service is for genuine emergencies only. These are instances where further damage could be caused to the property if it is left unattended or indeed if there is a danger to the tenant or neighbour. These would include major leaks, break ins, broken windows or burst pipes. Appliance and heating breakdowns are not regarded as emergencies, and should be dealt with during office hours.

The responsibility for maintenance issues is not always that of the Landlord. Tenants are required to keep the property in good order with attention to the everyday jobs such as changing light bulbs & fuses, emptying vacuum bags, putting out rubbish and careful use of all appliances. You should treat the property as if it was your own; ie deal with any maintenance issues promptly and sensibly (ie.. as you would if you owned the property) and you should take pro-active steps to ensure that unnecessary maintenance issues do not arise.
Please be absolutely sure that there is a genuine emergency before calling the out of hours number. Non urgent repairs reported as an emergency, and those repairs caused by the Tenant's neglect will result in call out costs and repairs being charged to the tenants.

If you need to report an emergency repair outside the office hours you should call: 0131 6101016, and you will be able to speak with the Leith Lets property manager on call. If you do not get a reply please leave a message with your name, number and nature of the problem and we will return your call. Please also leave the address of the property and confirm that you are a Leith Lets tenant.

All other repairs should be reported to our office during normal working hours: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm on 0131 610 0510.

Please also refer to your Tenant Handbook which has a lot of useful information relating to emergency repairs, routine maintenance problems, and how to take care of your property.

Emergency Services dial: 999
Lothian & Borders Police - Non-Emergencies dial: 101 (For your local police station)
Gas Leak (Scottish Gas Networks) dial: 0800 111 999
City of Edinburgh Council dial: 0131 200 2000 or 0131 529 3030

 
 
   
   
   
   
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