For landlords, FPRS provides a bespoke service including advice and guidance on all legislative property requirements, including mediation/resolution of any issues with tenancy/tenants. We also offer the opportunity to securely advertise any empty properties within their portfolio, with tenant matching opportunities also available.
Landlord / Letting Agency Requirements
There are a number of obligations for a landlord to meet before they can rent a property to a tenant. The current regulation also applies to the standard/condition and safety of the property that is to be rented. For further information regarding registering as a landlord or letting agent, please see Fife Council's website Private Rented Sector | Fife Council.
Our Staff are happy to support you through the registration process, assist in obtaining relevant certificates and discuss how to find a tenant for the property. Please complete our web enquiry form and one of our staff will be in touch.
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Rent/ Benefit Information
A tenant’s finances are crucial to the sustainability of the property. Our experienced staff can provide assistance on benefit maximisation and any addition benefits that may be applied for.
Assistance can be provided to guide a tenant through ways of paying rent for a property. Benefits may be paid by the Local Authority as Housing Benefit or by DWP as part of a Universal Credit claim. The amount paid is dependent on the make-up of the household, and the situation and finances of the applicants. These benefits can, on some occasions, be paid direct to a landlord or letting agent. Trial calculations can be completed to give a clearer indication of benefit entitlement. The FPRS team can provide further advice on this or click here for more information
Tenancy Share is a housing option which was developed by Trust in Fife (TiF) to assist in securing shared accommodation within the private rented sector for single clients under the age of 35, who are affected by Welfare Reform and the Single Room Occupancy Rate. FPRS continue to work alongside tenants and landlords by fulfilling this need.
Since its inception, FPRS have also been able to assist clients who are older but not ready to live alone, or need to live in a more expensive area, so find it more acceptable to share the costs of a private property.
FPRS would like to enhance this service further by assisting “fathers with access” the opportunity to share a 3-bedroom property with other like-minded individuals, enabling secure access to children for tenants, and given the Shared Occupancy Rate, ensuring landlords do not lose on any additional costs incurred by having sharers.
Tenancy Share can provide a rolling workshop programme which is set up to increase tenancy skills, give an understanding of the responsibilities of sharing a tenancy and, where suitable, offers individuals an introduction to potential flat mates through a Drop-In, or by arranged appointment. Like any other tenanted client, FPRS will provide ongoing advice and review throughout the term of the Agreement.
FPRS will continue to promote and encourage those in need to access the private sector through this scheme and, where suitable, can provide a deposit guarantee for those who require financial backing to secure a tenancy.
Our team are on hand to discuss the Tenancy Share option further so if you have any questions or think you have a property that may suit sharers, please get in contact.
Tenancy Deposit Scheme
Once your new tenant has paid the deposit for the property, you must lodge it with a tenancy deposit scheme within 30 working days of the tenancy starting.
There are three tenancy deposit scheme providers to choose from in Scotland:
For more information regarding the process please see the Scottish Government website: www.mygov.scot/tenancy-deposits-landlords
If you would like to discuss the process or the Schemes, please get in touch and we will be happy to talk you through this.
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