These are 'short-assured' tenancies which are over 6 months in duration. They are most commonly best suited to professionals, students, families or even companies. Due to Long Term lets being over 6 months, the rental amount represents the property only and does not include council tax or utilities (which are transferred into the tenants name).
Responsibilities of the tenant are as follows:
• Pay rent on time - normally one month in advance
• Pay other bills. In most long-term lets, you'll be paying council tax, utilities (including water), TV licence and telephone charges
• Respect neighbours - so no making noise, putting rubbish in the wrong place or obstructing common areas
• Look after the property.
The agent's job might be to market the property, arrange signing of agreements and payment of the first month's rent and deposit.
After that, you may find you are dealing directly with a landlord who will look after the management. However, most landlords tend to leave the management up to the letting agent.
The good news is that you are not expected to maintain the building - that's the landlord's job. But you should behave in such a way that the building is properly cared for.
For example, you must:
• Tell your landlord if you are going away for longer than 14 days - because this will affect his/her insurance policy
• Keep the property secure at all times - so lock it when you go out and don't give keys to anyone else
• Tell your landlord when things need fixing to avoid bigger problems later - e.g. a leaking pipe, if not maintained, could make a ceiling collapse
• Do basic maintenance - e.g. change light bulbs and smoke alarm batteries.
Obviously, you must not engage in any illegal activity at the property and nor can you:
• Alter the property in any way, including hanging anything on the walls or re-decorating without written permission from your landlord
• Use the property as a business
• Sub-let....unless, of course, the landlord says you can.