edinburgh lettings tenants services

TENANT Guide to Renting

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Tenant Check List

  • Is there enough living space, bedrooms, bathrooms, cupboards etc for the amount of people who will be living in the property?
  • Is the property cabled for broadband.
  • Is there a satellite dish? If not check whether the landlord will permit you to have this installed.
  • Is there enough storage space?
  • Can you park your car? Do you require to pay for a parking permit?
  • Can you store a bike?
  • Check for signs of dampness or mould.
  • Are the walls, carpets and furniture in good condition? Is all the furniture in the property when you viewed to be in the property at the start of your tenancy?
    Do the radiators work and is there at least one in each room?
  • Is there double glazing?
  • Do the windows lock?
  • Is there a sufficient amount of electrical sockets?
  • Is the property fitted with working mains fitted smoke detectors and working carbon monoxide detector (properties with gas supply only)?
  • Is there a working burglar alarm?
  • Are there gardens? If so, is the landlord providing gardening equipment? It will be your responsibility to maintain the gardens throughout your tenancy.
  • Does the landlord accept pets? Are you permitted to smoke in the property?
  • Ask the Agent/Landlord
  • How will your deposit be protected?
  • Does the property have an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate? From this you will be able to determine how energy efficient the property is – will will be paying the energy costs.
  • Does the property have an up-to-date Gas Safety Certificate?
  • Does the property have an up-to-date Electrical Installation Condition Report?
  • Have the electrical goods been PAT tested?
  • Has the property had a Legionnaires Assessment carried out?

Renting in edinburgh

Applying to rent a property

  • You must view the property prior to making an application to rent it.
  • Before you apply ask any questions that you need confirmation of about the property or its contents.
  • Make sure that your requested start of tenancy date is one that you can commit to.
  • Be prepared to have the originals ready of all your supporting documents required for the application process.
  • Be prepared to pay the deposit for your tenancy.



Your landlord or letting agent is required by law to register your deposit with a Government approved Tenancy Deposit Scheme within 30 days of you signing the lease documentation. They must also provide you with the details of where the deposit is being held.

The deposit is refundable unless you leave the property in a dirt condition, have damaged the house, its contents or not paid the rent. Make sure you receive a copy of your start of lease inventory confirming the condition of the property when you moved in.

Find The Right Property For You

Decide what you can afford before you start house hunting. You will need to budget for gas, electricity, telephone, internet and a TV licence, as well as food and general household items.

If you do not have a car consider proximity to work and local transport links.

No Tenant Fees

Legislation in Scotland explicitly prohibits letting agents charging you any fees or premiums which include:-

  • Holding fees
  • Renewal fees
  • Transfer fees
  • Credit checks
  • Reference checks
  • Inventory fees
  • Copies of the lease


Moving In

Your Letting Agent/Landlord requires to provide you with a Tenant Information pack as well as instructions on who to contact in an Emergency situation.


Household Bills

  • Contact the utility companies who provide the gas and electricity at the property to give them the meter readings and have the bills set up in your name as at your start of tenancy date.
  • Contact the local Council to have the Council Tax bill set up in your name as at your start of tenancy date.
  • Arrange Insurance, The landlord insures the building and his own contents. You require to arrange tenant insurance for your own belongings.
  • Buy a TV Licence - Go to tvlicensing.co.uk to find out if you need a TV Licence.

Throughout the tenancy

  • Your Letting Agent/Landlord will carry out regular inspections.
  • Report any problem/damage as they happen and keep copies to prove that you reported it.
  • Inform your Letting Agent/Landlord if you leave for a break/holiday and leave heating on low to ensure that the pipes don’t freeze – you will be liable for the repairs if they do.
  • Your Letting Agent/Landlord requires to give you advance notice of any required access to the property for the purposes of inspection or tradesman visit unless of course in the event of an Emergency.
  • You are not permitted to change the locks at the property.

Moving out

  • Make sure you provide the correct amount of written Notice to the Letting Agent/Landlord that you will be moving out.
  • Your Letting/Agent Landlord should provide you with details of the Final Inspection/Exit procedure together with an explanation of the process for reclaiming your Deposit after the final inspection has been carried out.
  • Leave the property in the same condition as you found it and make sure that you carry out a deep clean (clean everything from ceiling to floor and everything in between).
  • Take note of the meter readings taken at the final inspection and contact your gas and electricity provider to bring your accounts to an end as at the end of lease date. Your final bills should be copied to your Letting Agent/Landlord.
  • Contact the Council