Student Renting Process

1Choosing your location

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When searching for student properties in Leicester, a good place to start is by narrowing down which areas you would like to live in.

For students one of the most important factors to consider is how close you want to live to the university campus, or if you're happy to live a little further afield - are there local transport links available, not just for travelling to university, but for nights out and reaching local amenities?

First 4 Lettings have a portfolio of properties in varied locations throughout Leicester: whether you want to be close to the university, the city centre or the train station so that those trips home with your dirty laundry aren't so arduous! If you are a final year student or post-graduate who wants to cut out distractions to focus on revision then you might find somewhere residential suits you more.

Contact First 4 Lettings today to discuss your requirements!

2Choosing the right property to view

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When it comes to choosing a property you need to decide how many bedrooms you are going to need. So if you're planning to live with a group of friends you'll need to finalise how many of you are planning to share and ensure everyone is committed. Then you need to decide on the all-important rental budget. If you're renting as a group it’s crucial that everyone's agreed on what's affordable and that you've factored in any additional bills; for example: utilities, TV and internet.

3Searching for properties

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Here at First 4 Lettings we aim to make your search for student 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, flats and rooms 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.

4Viewings

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Once you've shortlisted which properties you're interested in you can book a viewing either online or via the telephone. And to make things more convenient we'll also try to organise your appointment so that you can view a number of properties at once.

If viewing multiple Leicester student 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

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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

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We will arrange the signing of the tenancy agreement and payment of the deposit leaving you with only the rental to pay closer to your tenancy commencement date. Please see how to apply for further information.

7Moving In

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Once all the formalities are out the way we will contact you with regards to key collection.

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.

Landlord Yield Calculator

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.

Students

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 accomodation in Leicester.

Maintenance

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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Fees

PERMITTED PAYMENTS

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


TENANT PROTECTION

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.