Information for Tenants

So you have decided to rent a property…..

Deciding to rent a property can be exciting and daunting in equal measures. But with our help we could make it a hassle free experience.

Interested In Becoming a Tenant?

  • Please be honest with yourself and us from day one
  • Set yourself a realistic monthly budget and make sure you include council tax and utility bills in addition to your rent. As a general rule of thumb your monthly take home pay should be at least 2½ times the monthly rent.
  • Remember that generally you will need to pay the first month’s rent, a deposit/bond and an application fee before being able to move into a property.
  • Consider the type of property you would like to live in.
  • Think about the location of the property, whether you need to be close to work, public transport routes or motorways.
  • Consider the size and number of bedrooms you need.
  • Whether you require a furnished or unfurnished property.
  • Consider if a parking space or maybe a garden is essential.
  • And of course the earliest and latest dates you need to move in.
  • Just be aware that some landlords place restrictions on the suitability of potential tenants so you must be honest with us from the start about things like benefit payments, pets or smoking.

Choosing a property:

Once you have considered your rental criteria, look at our website, talk to us over the phone or pop into our office and we will show you the available properties. We will then be able to arrange viewings on any properties that are suitable for you.

Applying for a tenancy:

Once you have viewed a suitable property and decided it is the one for you, the next step is to fill out an application form.

All adults who will be living at the property will have to be named on the tenancy agreement and must complete an application. As part of the application we will need the following:
We need to see a photo id for each applicant (photo driving licence or passport)
We need a copy of a utility bill showing your current address
We need your application fee (payment by cash, cheque or BACS)
If you have found the ideal property, it’s important you apply quickly. We cannot hold a property for you until we receive your completed application form and payment.

Interested In Becoming a Tenant?

Content Insurance

Whilst the landlord is responsible for insuring the building, we would recommend that the tenant takes out their own contents insurance and we can suggest companies to use for this.

Contact Us

Give the team at FSL Estate Agents a call. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will be able to help shortlist properties and guide you through the whole process.

Payment information:

Rent Payments

Rents are generally payable per calendar month, and are payable in advance. All rents are to be paid by standing order. The tenant is usually also responsible for Council Tax, Electricity, Gas, Water, TV Licence and Telephone costs. Meter readings are taken on the 1st day of the Tenancy Agreement commences and the tenant will be responsible from that date.

Tenant Deposit / Bond

A security deposit equal to at least one months rent will normally be required. This will be required in advance of the Tenancy Agreement commencing. FSL Estate Agents secure all deposits with the Deposit Protection Service which is one of the recognised government approved schemes. The deposit is held to cover damages, breakages and any other liabilities under the terms of the Tenancy Agreement. Please note that under no circumstances can the deposit be used by the tenant to cover non-payment of rent. Further information on the DPS can be found on their website or by downloading The Tenant’s Guide to The Deposit Protection Scheme at the bottom of this page.

Call 01924 200101……….we are waiting to help.

  • Thanks for the Tenancy agreement today and all the hard work you have put into finding the tenant's for me, they seem like a lovely couple starting out and very excited, hopefully they will turn out to be trustworthy and reliable.

    Mr Peter Bradley
  • Thank you all so much for all your help.

    Natasha Hopwood
  • Thanks for all your help in renting my property.

    Gemma Wright
  • Wish you could manage all my properties

    Tony Mothershaw
  • Thanks for the super service my other house is at Bridgfords but will definitely be coming to you cheers

    Jeremy Crowther
  • Thanks for your work on sorting this out so quickly, and dealing with the tenants! Much appreciated

    Kath Armitage
  • Thanks as always for the first rate job you do for us!

    Michael Warren
  • Thanks very much Diane, fingers crossed! Thank you for your help with everything, much appreciated

    Christine Thompson
  • Have just seen this, You have made it look amazing thank you so much. Have shared on Facebook.

    Sky Bendelow
  • Excellent to work with as a contractor. Great communication, updates and responses. From my ongoing relationship and experience FSL come highly recommended.

    Carl Thornley
  • Thankful for the speedy sale on my mum's property. The staff remained in constant contact with us with updates regarding the sale. Went above and beyond couldn't praise them enough.

    Susan Johnson
  • The most professional letting agency I've used. Always get back to you quickly as a tenant if you have an issue and are as focused on the tenant as the landlord, again a rarity with letting agencies in my experience.

    Ian Wilson
  • An extremely professional organisation who very swiftly and efficiently found us our new tenants within 24 hours of our ad going live. Communications between tenants and landlord through fsl are excellent. I can fully recommend fsl estate agents.

    Jill Brookling
  • I have used FSL for a Tenant Find Service for a number of years and have always been pleased with the service.

    Betty Christie
  • cannot fault them, they got us into our home quickly and efficiently and have managed the property well. they handled the bond via escrow much better than my last experience with whitegates. i even got a free mug and pen on move in date. thank you.

    Richard Taylor
  • My partner and I rented our first property together throughout FSL, quick, easy and so friendly. Answered every question with ease and made us both feel very comfortable. Thank you!

    Jordan Walton
  • FSL provide a curteous, efficient, friendly service and gets results.

    john richardson
  • The staff at FSL, especially Amy, have gone above and beyond in helping to secure a new 6 year lease on our retail unit in Wakefield city center.

    Andrew Smith
  • Fantasic estate agent and great staff! Highly recommend.

    Tom Avery
  • Fantastic landlords. East to approach and deal with and were quick to repair a couple of problems when reported. Lovely people and goid company. Would whole heartedly recommend.

    Stephen Parsonage
  • I am renting my very first property with FSL; after struggling with so many others, I am finally glad to have found the most helpful, caring and informative estate agents who put the client first no matter what. Diane was extremely attentive to our needs and even managed to push the moving in date forward so that it would work better for us all. Moving in was straight forward, simple, and not a daunting experience at all.. I highly recommend FSL to anybody looking for a new property: excellent service and a great team.

    Jess Miree
  • After dealing with several (stressful) agencies in the Wakefield and Leeds area, we decided to go through FSL to rent our new home. Diane was absolutely lovely, it's refreshing to have someone so helpful and organised dealing with our move. FSL have raised the bar in the Wakefield area and I would recommend them to anyone!

    Jackson Beckett
  • As a first time commercial property leaser i was very anxious about the whole process but Amy was very helpful & we completed really quickly & easily. Id definitely recommend. But i would of liked to have known about when id have to start paying rent as i was caught out by not realising that it should of been written into the lease. My mistake as a novice.

    Beverley Hirst

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