the Student Letting Process
Pickard Properties has over 160 properties to rent in Leeds and across West Yorkshire, which we take pride in maintaining to a very high standard. We have ‘Golden Owner’ UNIPOL status and have been voted ‘Best Large Landlord’ and ‘Most Socially Responsible Landlord’ by the students of Leeds University Union. We strive to be the best landlord in Leeds and have been renting properties in Leeds for 50 years and are a letting company in Leeds that own all our own properties.
We are landlords rather than “middle men”, you can deal with us direct to report maintenance, organise your move and make arrangements quickly, efficiently and hassle-free.
Finding student accommodation in city centre Leeds and near your university
Step 1: Looking for student houses in Leeds?
View our student house shares online and on Facebook too. Register with us and we will then keep you updated and let you know when a property becomes available or any other news and competitions. You can message us online or call our office on 0113 246 9395 to discuss your requirements or to request a brochure.
Step 2: Seen some student accommodation in Leeds that you like?
The next step is to contact us to arrange a viewing. For your viewing appointment, you can meet us at the property, or come to the office and we will transport you to the property. You can generally view four student properties in Leeds in an hour slot so we will do our best to show you a selection of houses to save you the stress and hassle of booking multiple viewings.
Step 3: Found your ideal student houseshare in Leeds?
Contact us to let us know the property you want and whether you want ‘unlimited bills inclusive’ or ‘bills exclusive of rent’. If you feel out of your depth regarding tenancy contracts you can always take away a contract first for contract checking at Unipol Unipol Contract Checking or the LUU Leeds University Union Contract checking. We can reserve the property of your choice for 24 hours. This How to rent guide issued by goverment is also useful tool if you are not sure what questions to ask when renting a property.
When you are happy and confident to proceed, simply make an appointment to come to the office and sign for your new home. The signing appointment will take an hour (maximum). We’ll explain how we work, go through all the terms and conditions and give you time to answer any questions you have about student letting with us.
For the signing appointment, you’ll need to bring the following with you:
- Your Student ID card
- Your deposit payment £260
WE NO LONGER CHARGE SIGN UP FEES ON STUDENT ACCOMMODATION.
If you are an International Student your will need to bring Passport and letter stating details of your university offer. Our International Students page has tons of useful information
Once you’ve signed and paid, the property is secured for you.
Please note: you can only sign for your property if there are at least half of the tenants who are proposing to take the property at the signing appointment.
Step 4: Before your move in
Pickard Properties aims to make renting a property a smooth, easy and stress-free process. We’re continually looking for new ways to remove the stresses that are normally involved in moving house. Leeds is a great place to live and we want you to enjoy living here.
So remember to complete this check list before you move in
- Completed ‘Direct Debit Mandate’
- Completed ‘Guarantor Form’
- Payment of your first Instalment of rent
- Ensure you and your housemates have signed all the tenancy documentation
If you or any of your housemates have forgotten to do any of the above then we are unable to hand out keys, so please check they have before you trek to the office to pick up keys.
Step 5: Welcome to your new home
If all of the above is done, you can now look forward to moving in! Please follow these steps to make your move as easy as possible:
- Key collection: Please check our office opening hours and pop into the office to pick up your keys. If your tenancy starts on a weekend, contact us to arrange a time slot for you as we are not usually open on the weekend.
- Don’t forget to bring your photographic ID (driving license preferred).
- All maintenance reports must be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our maintenance form.
Why rent a property in Leeds with Pickard Properties?
You’re in good hands. Pickard Properties has been voted ‘Best Large Landlord’ and ‘Most Socially Responsible Landlord’ by Leeds students.
We strive to be the best letting agent in Leeds. We’ve been renting student properties in Leeds for nearly 50 years so we know what makes a great house for rent in Leeds. So whether you want a 2 bed flat in Leeds or a 12-bed student house, Headingley-based Pickard Properties can help you find your perfect home.
Because we are a private landlord, there are no third parties so we can act on maintenance issues straight away and complete work quickly. We are members of Leeds Property Association, Leeds Landlord Accreditation Scheme and the Residential Landlord Association (RLA) and Unipol Golden owners of the unipol code of standards.
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