Our Tenant Guide On Budget And Obligations

Tenants have various obligations to their Landlord and neighbours. Our guide sets these out, along with the issues you should consider when budgeting.

A Tenant's Guide - Your Budget & Obligations

When you are planning your budget for a new rental home, it is important to factor in the cost of council tax, utility bills and insurance in addition to your monthly rent. If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about renting a property through Rettie & Co., please get in touch with our team.

Council tax

Unless you are a full time student, all tenants must pay council tax. There are different price bands depending on the location and size of the property you live in. Rettie & Co will write to the Council Tax department on your behalf to inform them that you are the new occupant of the property, so it is one less thing for you to worry about. The Council will contact you directly to set up a payment plan. Usually tenants set up a direct debit with the Council, but there are other options.

Visit your Council's website for more information. Details for Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Borders can be found at:

The City of Edinburgh Council
Glasgow City Council
Scottish Borders Council

Utility bills

You will be responsible for paying the gas and electricity bills for the property whilst you are living there. If the property is managed by Rettie & Co. we will take gas and electricity meter readings prior to you moving in and inform the utility providers that you are the new occupant. They will contact you thereafter so that you can set up a direct debit. You are entitled to change your utility supplier during your tenancy if you wish; we just ask that you let us know who you have changed to.

Insurance

We ask our landlords to take out buildings and contents insurance for their own possessions, and recommend tenants insure their personal belongings and take out insurance in connection with public liability and accidental damage to the landlord's possessions. We can introduce you to Let Alliance and Bruce Stevenson, if you need help sorting your insurance.

Your Obligations

All Rettie & Co. tenants have obligations to both their landlord and neighbours, which we have outlined here. These include prompt payment of rent, disposing of rubbish and recycling, looking after your rental home and being a good neighbour. If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about renting a property through Rettie & Co, please get in touch with our team.

Rent payment

You must set up a standing order for your rent payments. Rent payments should be made as one single payment on or before the due date. It is your responsibility to ensure that your standing order is set up correctly and that rent reaches us in time every month.

Rubbish & recycling

You are responsible for disposing of your rubbish appropriately. You will either have your own wheelie bins, communal street bins or you will have specific allocated days on which to put bin bags out on the street to be uplifted. You may also have recycling facilities.Visit your Council's website for more information. Details for Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Borders can be found at:

The City of Edinburgh Council
Glasgow City Council
Scottish Borders Council

Upkeep

We want you to enjoy living in your new rental home and treat it as your own, however we do expect our tenants to maintain the property in a clean and orderly state that is returned to us in a similar condition at the end of your tenancy. It is the tenant's responsibility to upkeep the garden if there is one, or any external area which is part of the property, unless there is an agreement in place where the owner organises this. Prior to you vacating the property it must be cleaned to our satisfaction, with the exception of fair wear and tear.

It is important that you get on with and respect your neighbours and that you do not become a nuisance neighbour. If you live in a tenement you must contribute to the stair cleaning and do your part to ensure the communal areas are kept tidy. You must not cause excessive noise or do anything that would cause a disturbance to the people who live around you. You will also be held directly responsible for your visitor's behaviour. Your neighbours have the right to call the police and report you, with may result in the Environmental Health Officers fining you on the spot.

If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about renting a property through Rettie & Co., please get in touch with our team.