Renting Process

1Choosing the area you would like to live in


Do your research and figure out the specific areas you would like to live in. Make a list of the things that are really important to you; like transport links, distance from your place of work, local schools and nurseries, access to shops and use these to focus your search.

Alternatively, contact First 4 Lettings today to discuss your requirements.

2Work out your requirements


There are some points to consider to help with your search:

What is your monthly rental budget?

It is important to remember that council tax, utility bills, TV and internet are generally not included in your rent.

How many bedrooms do you require?

More bedrooms usually means more rent so working out the minimum number of bedrooms that you need will help you get more value for your money.

When would you like to move in?

It is important to decide on the earliest and the latest date that you can move in to a property. This will make sure you only view properties that are suitable.

3Searching for properties


Here at First 4 Lettings we aim to make your search for properties in Leicester as quick and easy as possible, having designed our website to make it easy for you to find your home sweet home. We have a wide range of houses and flats available to view online - so with just a click of a button you can narrow down your search to find the properties that meet your location, bedroom and budget requirements.

You can even save the property in your shortlist, which you can come back to and view at a later time and with our Social Circle you can also share your 'finds' quickly and easily with your prospective housemates.

If you still can't decide contact us & we'll help you find just what you are looking for.

4Viewing properties


Once you've shortlisted which properties you're interested in you can book a viewing either online or via the telephone.

If viewing multiple Leicester properties we recommend taking notes so that you have a record of the pros and cons for each property and will be better served when evaluating your choices later on.

On the day of your viewing we will send you an SMS to confirm the viewings and a member of our team will accompany you to each property. All of our team members are friendly and approachable, and will have plenty of background info about each property and the local areas - ensuring all your questions are answered.

Our top tips for viewings:

We always ensure all our accommodation meets a high standard, however there are additional factors that you may wish to consider when viewing properties, including:

  • what furniture will be there when you move in;
  • are there any maintenance issues that need to be resolved prior to moving in;
  • what are the local amenities like;
  • can you get super-fast broadband with Virgin Media
  • how much are the utility bills (ask the existing tenants or have a look at the property's Energy Performance Certificate).

5Reserving your property


Once you've found the perfect property you can secure it by paying a reservation deposit and completing the necessary paperwork.

Please see how to apply for further information.

6Dotting the I's and crossing the T's


After reserving the property we will organise the following:

  • Obtain references from the referees that you have provided
  • Arrange an appointment to sign the Tenancy Agreement
  • Collect payment of your deposit and first rental

Please see how to apply for further information.

7Moving In


Once all the formalities are out the way we will arrange an appointment for you to collect your key, on the move in day.

You can then just sit back and enjoy your new home!

We hope you've found this guide useful, and should you need any further help please feel free to contact us.

Property Valuations

Are you interested in finding out what rental price your property could achieve? If so, then please contact us to get a FREE valuation. You have nothing to lose whilst getting our expert advice.

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Look at our FREE RENTAL yield calculator to see if your property is a good investment. Contact us to see what we can do to make your investment more profitable.


We have a large selection of student properties located near both UOL and DMU. With a budget to suit all students, First 4 Lettings is the one stop shop for all looking to secure student accommodation in Leicester.


Tenants can have the peace of mind that all our managed properties are fully maintained by our 24/7 maintenance department. All issues are dealt with in a swift and prompt manner to ensure your stay in the property is as enjoyable as possible.

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As well as paying the rent, you may also be required to make the following permitted payments:

1) Holding Deposit: Up to one week’s rental

2) Deposit: One month’s rental (5 weeks rental dependent on individual’s circumstances)

3) Payments for utilities (gas, electricity & water), communication services (telephone & broadband), Installation/Subscription of cable/satellite, TV licence and council tax

4) Default Fee (late payment of rent): If full Rent is not paid within 14 days or more of the Rent Due Date there will be a charge 3% plus the Bank of England base interest rate of the full rental amount until full payment is received

5) Default Fee (breach of tenancy agreement, any other permitted payments, under relevant legislation including contractual damages): For any breach of the tenancy agreement based on the reasonably incurred costs of the agent or landlord

6) Replacement of keys, fobs or other security devices

7) Default Fee (changes to the tenancy): An administrative charge of £50.00 or greater for any assignment, variation or novation of the tenancy agreement made at the tenant’s request (only if agreed by The Landlord and/or The Landlord’s Agent)

8) Payments in respect of early termination of a tenancy agreement at the tenant’s request


First 4 Lettings is a member of Client Money Protect which is a client money protection scheme, and also a member of PRS (Property Redress Scheme), which is a redress scheme.