FAQ's (Re. Professional Apartments & Flats)
In which areas of Sheffield are your professional apartments and flats located?
Aimed at the discerning professional, PC Properties provide a range of one or two bedroom apartments located in some of the most desirable S10 areas of Sheffield.
The locations of our apartment developments in Sheffield are as follows:
- The Gables, 383 Fulwood Road, S10 3GA
( 9 x 1 bedroom flats & 1 x 2 bedroom flat)
- The Old Coach House, 383A, Fulwood Road, S10 3GA
( 5 x 1 bedroom studio flats & 1 x 1 bedroom flat)
- 7 & 9, Ranmoor Park Road, S10 3GX
( 4 x 1 bedroom flats & 5 x 2 bedroom flats)
- The Rutland Court, 7 Broomfield Road, S10 2AB
( 3 x 1 bedroom duplex flats & 3 x 11 x 2 bedroom flats)
- 55, Wilkinson St, S10 2GJ
( 12 x 2 bedroom flats)
- 24, Victoria Road, S10 2DL
( 2 x 1 bedroom flats & 4 x 2 bedroom flats)
The above apartments range in price from £375 per calendar month to £850 per calendar month - please refer to the front page of our web site for availability or call Collette Harrington or Peter Turkington on 0114-267-6177
Each available apartment for rent is linked to a map finder to assist with identifying its precise location.
Are the apartments / flats furnished?
Yes, all our apartments and flats include basic furniture usually comprising of sofas and dining table to the lounge, and bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers to the bedrooms. The kitchen includes cooking hob & oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/dryer. Some apartments also include a dishwasher. Although we cannot remove any furniture which forms part of the Landlord's inventory, please note that with our permission, we do allow tenants to add their own furniture, space permitting, and providing that any such furniture is compliant with fire regulations where relevant.
Are children or pets allowed?
Regretfully, the terms of our tenancy agreement do not allow children or pets.
What is the procedure for viewing a property?
Telephone our office on 0114-267-6177, visit our office, or email on firstname.lastname@example.org. If the property is still tenanted, please bare in mind that we like to give our tenants 24 hours notice of any viewing. All viewings are accompanied by a PC Properties member of staff who will meet you at the property or alternatively you can meet at our office and we will arrange transport. During your visit to the property, please feel free to ask the current tenants any relevant questions, e.g. how much are your utility bills, what is the neighbourhood like, what are the managing agents like, do they respond quickly to problems etc.
We have viewed the property and would like to take it, but what else do we need to consider and what other questions do we need to ask?
We must emphasise that you are about to enter in to a legally binding contract, and therefore before you sign any tenancy agreement, we strongly recommend that you obtain and carefully study a copy of the draft contract. We are pleased to answer any questions that you may have, but if you are in any doubt then we would suggest that you seek legal advice. Please be reminded that where more than one person is stated on the the tenancy agreement, the agreement then becomes a joint one, consequently the responsibility for payment of all rent and any possible damages to the property or other liabilities falling upon the tenants during the tenancy, as well as any breach of the Agreement are jointly shared by all tenants until all payments have been made in full. The following clause (9) is quoted from page 2 of our Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement Under Part 1 Of The Housing Act 1988:
"The Tenant acknowledges that if more than one person is named on this agreement, then Tenant liability and obligations under this Agreement shall be joint and several between those named".
What type of tenancy agreement would I be entering in to?
PC Properties normally let their professional accommodation on the basis of a minimum 6 month term using an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement Under Part 1 Of The Housing Act 1988, As Amended By The Housing Act 1009. As stated in answer to the previous question, the tenancy agreement is a joint and several contract, which again means that all tenants are jointly responsible for the payment of all rents and liabilities falling upon the tenants during the tenancy, as well as any breach of the Tenancy Agreement until all payments have been made in full.
Are utility bills included?
No, the tenants are responsible for payment of Gas, Electricity, Water. In addition the tenants are also responsible for the provision and payment of Telephone line connection & rental, T.V. Licence, Sky T.V., and Internet service costs.
Do we have to pay council tax?
Yes, you must inform Sheffield City Council of the start date of your tenancy agreement. PC Properties will provide contact details
Am I required to insure the property?
The tenants are only required to insure their own personal belongings. PC Properties insurance policy provides buildings insurance cover.
Is Broadband Internet included?
No, you must arrange for telephone line connection, ISP connection and provision of a router.
Does the property comply with current regulations?
All properties are checked annually and the appropriate certificates are issued, namely; Landlords Gas Safety Certificate. Where a full LD2 Grade A Fire Alarm system is installed, an inspection certificate is provided annually, together with an emergency lighting certificate if appropriate. A full inspection of the electrical system is inspected and certified every 5 years. The household furniture & furnishings are compliant with Fire Safety Regulation Act 1988. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is mandatory from the 1st October 2008 and is available for inspection.
What is included in the property?
Generally, each bedroom contains a bed (usually a double), wardrobe, chest of drawers. The lounge will have sofas and dining table & chairs.The kitchen provides electric cooker/hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine with integral dryer and microwave. Please note that the inventory of contents may vary from property to property. Cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, kettles, toasters, waste bins, mops, buckets, cleaning materialsand bedding are not provided.
What fire prevention facilities does the property have?
All properties are fitted with a fully integrated smoke alarm system covering all required zones within the apartment and a heat detector is fitted to the kitchen. The fire alarm system also extends to the communal hall, stairs and landings of property where relevant. The kitchen is also provided with a dry powder extinguisher and fire blanket. Fire extinguishers are provided to entrance halls, and landings where appropriate.
Will the property be cleaned before I move in?
Yes, all our apartments are thoroughly and professionally cleaned throughout including carpets and upholstery.
If I were to sign for the property, could I leave or be released from the Tenancy Contract at any point?
In short, no! Notice may not be given. On signing any Assured Shorthold Tenancy Contract, please be aware that you have entered in to a legally binding agreement for the duration of the agreed term. However, should you request to be released from your contract, and providing that a replacement has been found to take over your tenancy and providing that you have met all your obligations under the terms of your tenancy agreement and have paid all rents which may be due, you may then be released from your tenancy contract.
What happens once the tenancy term has expired?
PC Properties will contact you at least 2 months before the expiry of your contractual tenancy term. We request that you either confirm that you do not wish to renew your tenancy after it has expired, or that you would like to enter in to a further contractual agreement, or you may opt to continue your tenancy on a month to month roll over basis. If you decide to continue your tenancy on the latter basis, then either party must give notice that they wish to terminate their tenancy by giving one months notice from the anniversary date of their rent due date.
O.K. We understand the above, we wish to take the apartment and sign contracts - what next?
To reserve the property you must make an appointment to visit PC Properties offices to sign the contract, provide deposits, administration fees, post dated rent cheques, and complete a tenant details form. Please note that contract signing must be completed within 5 days from your request to reserve the property, otherwise we will re-advertise the property for let.
All tenants must be present at the signing and they must provide the following payments:
- Refundable Deposit = £ equivalent to one months rent (payable by cheque or cash)
- Non Refundable Administration Fee = £60.00 (payable by cheque or cash)
- First Months Rent to be paid in cash, cheque or direct bank transfer to be received in cleared funds prior to the commencment of the tenancy.
- Post Dated Rent Cheques to cover the Rent for the period of the tenancy agreement (Please note that the post dated rent cheques are not cashed until the
Alternatively, rental payments may be made by setting up a standing order with your bank to permit the rent to be automatically paid in to your Landlords bank account on the due date specified within your tenancy agreement.
Upon receipt in cleared funds, your refundable deposit will be protected and lodged with a Government approved deposit scheme provider - The Deposit Protection Service Ltd (DPS). Once the DPS have received your deposit, each tenant will be sent confirmation which will include a unique deposit ID and repayment ID number which is necessary to claim your deposit back from the DPS at the end of your tenancy. Repayment of your deposit may be done on-line or by written request to the DPS. It is therefore extremely important that you keep your deposit & repayment ID numbers secure. Please note that any deposit paid on or after the 6th April 2007 must be lodged with a Government approved deposit protection scheme)
Do you carry out credit reference checks?
Yes, a credit reference check will be carried out via an authorised agency. Please note that the tenancy agreement may only be completed and agreed subject to a satisfactory credit reference.
We may also request that you provide a letter from your employer confirming that you are in their employment.