We offer competitive letting rates for a complete managed service. Alternatively we can find a tenant for a fixed fee.
First Step offer a range of services for the rental market. Firstly we offer a completely managed service which takes most of the trauma out of renting out a property. We offer advice on recent and comparable rental pricing and understand what type of tenant is suitable for you and the property.
• We will take professional photographs of your property.
• We advertise on all relevant website portals.
• We undertake all viewings.
• All prospective tenants will be credit checked including a security check.
• We can arrange an optional checking inventory.
• Sound and trusted advice • With no compromise on quality • A local service you can depend on
We can handle the entire process
We handle the payments from the tenant to ourselves and place the deposit into the Governments mandatory deposit protection scheme. We in turn, on a monthly basis, pay you the rental received less our commission rate, less any ongoing maintenance work required. If the property needs ongoing maintenance work we will then ask trusted contractors known to us to quote for works to be done. We then send you these to approve before any work is carried out, unless they are relatively small amounts (which you may want us to proceed with without immediate authorisation at a pre-set limit). After the check-in we undertake approximately 3 monthly property inspections. When the tenant wishes to vacate we can instruct the optional checkout inventory, advise on refreshing the property after normal wear and tear and aim to re-list the property and minimise any void period, generally we are given plenty of notice by the outgoing tenants so we can re-list the property and have someone move in just after the last tenant has moved out once again to minimise any non-rental void period.
We aim to be available when you need us, we are here before and after working hours also at weekends.
As an independent flexible Estate Agent our costs are kept low giving us a saving we happily pass onto our clients. Not having the overheads of a high street shop means we keep client friendly hours instead of shop hours. With our refreshing honest approach we can help you put the fun back into achieving your goal within our local property market.
- Potential purchasers can call us 7 days a week between the hours of 8am and 8pm.
- All viewings will be carried out by a professional team member familiar with your property,
(not casual weekend staff – who have never seen your property).
- We are flexible and will meet all prospective purchasers at your property to suit your diary and lifestyle.
- We attract more buyers as our shop door never closes.
- Unlike other agents we offer late evening and weekend viewings to suit the busy lifestyle of commuters.
- £150 referencing fee for the first person then £50 per applicant thereafter
- £50 referencing fee for a guarantor
- £150 to draw up the tenancy agreement
- 1 month’s rent in advance
- 1.5 x’s monthly rent security deposit
LauraSales and Letting Executive
Laura will help you rent your property or find the property for you to rent.
“Thank you Laura, You have been amazing during our stay at 7 Edison Way. We’ve really appreciated your help and professionalism and you’ve made the entire process very very easy.“
“Laura, We had a fantastic experience with the First Step Lettings team who successfully found us the perfect home for our young family. We were new to the area and really felt they went above and beyond to help us get a feel for the local amenities which gave us great confidence that we were making the right decision. From viewing the property to getting the keys they were always available and helpful at each stage making the process as smooth as possible. Would definitely recommend, left a lasting positive impression.“
I just thought I would write a few lines to show my appreciation and say thank you to the staff of First Step!
I was moving from the North East to the Hitchin/Letchworth area for work and needed to move very quickly.
I had to travel down from the North East to look at apartments and for me it was not the ideal situation.
I have now moved into an apartment in Fairfield Park thanks to First Step. They made the process from initial
contact to completion easy and stress free!
Since my move I have not had any problems but contacting them is easy and they are always readily available.
Personally, everyone I have dealt with at First Step has been totally professional and has provided a great service.
First Step have my respect as an estate agent and my personal thanks.
To: Jules, David, Nicola, Laura and everyone at First Step
“A very bit THANK YOU to everyone who helped us with our sale in the Huntingdon Wing and finding us a rental in Charlotte Avenue! – Especially Nicola who really did go the extra mile to push through the sale – look forward to the next time!”
“We had the pleasure of using First Step for both the sale of our property and then the rental of our next home. The process of the sale was made very smooth by an excellent team who were active in their marketing and subsequent viewings. Although a complicated exchange of contracts, the support from First Step was outstanding and they ensured that the legal progression was always up to date. With a unique situation of finding a rental with a pet is always hard but the rental team at First Step did everything they could to make sure that we could secure a property, supporting our situation and working with us from start to finish.
As a local agent, their knowledge of the area is fantastic and the team are a true credit to the company.
We can’t thank you enough. “