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Renting with Linley & Simpson
Linley & Simpson can offer you an excellent service from some of the best staff in the business. We have 16 branches across West and North Yorkshire, all backed up with the resources, knowledge and experience of the Region's No. 1 specialist letting agency.
Widest choice of properties
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Friendly, experienced staff
Most of our staff have been with the company for many years and have a vast knowledge of the local lettings market, amenities, transport, schools, etc. They can help you shortlist potential properties to view and take some stress out of your search.
We'll try to work around your existing plans wherever possible and can guide you around the area in our fleet of company vehicles to help you avoid getting lost when trying to find properties!
All our properties comply with the latest legislation and are inspected regularly. We specialise in professional and executive property from £400 to £4000pcm.
Find a branch near you
Looking for the personal touch? We have branches all over Yorkshire who are experts in their local area.
Our tenants frequently asked questions
Does it matter whether the property is fully managed or let only?
If your chosen property is fully managed, then our in-house Property Managers or centralised maintenance team will be your first point of contact for all maintenance and repair issues and we will act on behalf of the landlord. Let Only or Landlord Managed means that we find tenants for the property and arrange the paperwork, then the Landlord takes over the management and holds your deposit or pays it into a protected scheme. Most properties are fully managed and most of our Let Only clients are well-known to us. Your rights are protected either way.
What do you mean by furnished or unfurnished?
Each property is obviously different but generally speaking unfurnished means you can expect carpets, curtains and white goods. Whilst furnished often includes all the essential furnishings required to move in straight away apart from minor kitchen equipment and bedding. City apartments or short term lets are usually more comprehensively furnished. We will provide an inventory showing exactly what is included with each fully managed property.
How binding is the tenancy agreement I enter into?
A tenancy agreement is a legally binding document. You will be committed to paying rent until the end of the agreed term and you could be liable to legal action if you break the terms of the agreement. If your circumstances should change for any reason during your tenancy, we will approach the Landlord on your behalf and discuss the possible solutions but you should always assume at the outset that you will be committed for the duration of the Agreement.
How much are Linley & Simpson's fees?
Once you have been provisionally accepted by the landlord (subject to references and contract) the Holding Deposit becomes payable. It will not be returned should you provide false or misleading information, fail a Right to Rent check, unilaterally withdraw your application or fail to take all reasonable steps to enter into a tenancy agreement within the agreed timescale. The Holding Deposit will be ONE WEEK'S RENT. You can see all our fees here.
Do I need insurance?
YES! You should consider taking out insurance against any damage you might accidentally cause to the Landlord's contents, buildings and fixtures and fittings. It's all too easy to drop the iron on the carpet or spill red wine. The Landlord covers the building and his own contents against normal perils such as fire, flood or theft but not yours. We can provide you with information on contents insurance. Alternatively, you may choose your own insurance provider.
What about pets?
Most landlords are not keen on allowing pets but if you raise the issue at the outset we will gladly approach the landlord on your behalf. Some landlords will accept pets if you pay a higher deposit.
What references will you ask for?
In all cases we will ask for your address history so that we can carry out a search via a credit reference agency. We will also approach your current landlord or agent (if you are renting) as well as obtaining a written reference from your employer. If you are self-employed we will ask for your accountants details and/or recent accounts. We have special provisions in place for overseas tenants. If you think your situation is unusual, just ask our staff.
When might I need a guarantor?
If we feel your income is lower than that required for the rent in question or if you are returning to study for example, we could ask for a guarantor to support your tenancy. This is a serious commitment, as the guarantor will be as responsible as the tenant for all monies due and obligations agreed for the tenancy. Guarantors need to be earning sufficiently to cover both their own financial commitments as well as your rent and we will reference them in the same way as the actual Tenant.
How much is the deposit and will I get it back?
The deposit is normally equivalant to 5 weeks rent. So a rent of £500pcm will require a deposit of £625. Where we manage the property, the deposit is held in a bonded client account in accordance with ARLA and government regulations. This means that it is protected both during and after your tenancy and when you leave we will negotiate any proposed deductions helping Tenant and Landlord to reach agreement. All deposits now have to be protected by law so if you are considering renting through a private landlord or another agent, ensure you satisfy yourself that they are complying by asking them which Tenancy Deposit Scheme they are registered with.
How do I pay my rent?
Rent is paid monthly in advance by standing order from your bank. This is a worry-free way of ensuring you never fall behind in your rental payments. Be sure to tell us if your circumstances change, for instance you change banks or your employment situation changes as we can then help you to protect your tenancy. The last thing we want is for you to fall into arrears.
How much money do I need to move into a property?
Before your tenancy begins we require the first month's rent, deposit and fee in cleared funds. You can pay by Debit card or bank transfer. You will be given details in writing before taking up the tenancy.
Who pays the council tax and other bills?
All utility bills are your responsibility except where agreed otherwise in the Tenancy Agreement. You must set up your accounts with your chosen suppliers upon moving in and close those accounts at the end.
If you have viewed one of our properties and now wish to formally apply, please visit our Residential Letting Application page.
Report a Repair
Click the 'Request a Repair' button below to let us know of your problem. We will aim to resolve your situation as soon as possible.
Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS)
Since 6 April 2007 all landlords must now protect tenants' bonds by registering them with a Government approved scheme.
Moving house can be a stressful time, use our useful checklist to help make your journey smoother.
Our Tenant guide takes you through the different stages when renting a property providing tips to help you with your search, advice about your responsibilities as a tenant and guidance for the end of your tenancy.
Tips for Check Out
We really want our tenants to receive as much of their deposits back as possible, so we have devised an essential checklist for the end of your tenancy and some top tips for you.
Maintenance Tips for Tenants
If you experience any minor maintenance issues during your tenancy, please follow these helpful tips from our Property Maintenance team.
What our clients say about us...
Miss Taylor showed an amazing dedication and commitment, she set a very fine example of professionalism and high standards of customer service and care. I highly appreciate Miss Taylor keeping in regular contact following my initial approach, she spa...
Dr H – Landlord (September 2018)
Alex Atkinson - followed up his every word and kept us updated. Elizabeth Mchale - pushed every forward to closure. Was magnificent. Even took care of everything when we were on holiday for us during a period of trying to exchange contracts. Both alw...
Mrs W, York - Vendor (August 2018)
The experience at Linley & Simpson York was great because they've been helpful, efficient and friendly throughout - important as we live a long way from York.
Mr West - Landlord (August 2018)
Linley & Simpson Chapel Allerton were really helpful and I'd recommend them because they are professional and always find suitable tenants for my properties.
Mrs S - Landlord (August 2018)
I'd suggest Linley & Simpson Saltaire to a friend because they do what it says on the tin, corny but true.
Mrs A Holmes - Vendor (August 2018)
I want to praise your colleague Ollie who showed me around 3 flats last week. I turned up without an appointment and he was very helpful, asking me questions and within 5 minutes knew exactly what I wanted. He’d arranged viewings which were appropr...
Mr A - Tenant (July 2018)
I would recommend Linley & Simpson Saltaire to friends and family because they sold our house that was not on the market when we originally contacted them within four weeks. They also helped us find our dream home. I have already recommended them to ...
Mrs Alexander - Seller (July 2018)
I'd recommend Linley & Simpson Horsforth to a friend because they were friendly, professional and communicated well with us throughout the moving process. We felt confident that David would be an effective agent for us. He came across as friendly,...
Mrs C - Seller (July 2018)
So far, Linley & Simpson have been great in the moving in process. I've asked about a million questions and called them a million times, and no one has ever made me feel like I am being ridiculous. I feel like a valued customer. They have been flexib...
Ms Poloni - Tenant (June 2018)
I'd recommend Linley & Simpson Ripon because they are friendly, go the extra mile to ensure we get the property we want and were always happy to answer any queries we had.
Mr Nutbrown - Tenant (April 2018)
L&S - HomeLet Tenant's Insurance
This comprehensive Tenants' contents policy from our insurance providers, HomeLet not only protects your own possessions but also helps protect your deposit.
Under the terms of your Tenancy Agreement you are responsible for your Landlord's fixtures and contents should you damage them. It's all too easy to spill a glass of red wine or drop the iron on the carpet so why run the risk when for a few pounds a month you can have peace of mind?