Professional House Shares

Pickard Properties’ portfolio of Leeds professional lets consist of one to five-bedroom properties.  Our house shares for professionals in Leeds are based in Headingley and Horsforth, which are all conveniently located near to public transport links for a simple commute to work.

If you have recently moved to Leeds or have left university and are now working in Leeds, we can help you find the perfect professional house share to relax and unwind in after a busy day at work or an evening of socialising with friends. Moving into a house share gives our tenants the opportunity to meet new people and form lifelong friendships.

Embrace the cost-saving benefits of a cosy room to rent in Leeds, with all the utility bills included, our professional house shares offer a simple, hassle-free living option. Based in Headingley, our properties have the advantage of being close to commuter links to Leeds city centre and beyond. 

We own all our properties, meaning if you have any questions or concerns whilst staying with us, you can deal with us directly without having to go through an agency. Once you have found a House share you like then it is a matter of going through the letting process – a step-by-step guide is below.

If you have recently moved to Leeds or have left university and are now working in Leeds, we can help you find the perfect professional house share to relax and unwind in after a busy day at work or an evening of socialising with friends.

Properties for house share professionals: Leeds lettings process

Looking for a house share in Leeds

You can view all our professional houseshares by using our rental search bar and adjusting the filters to narrow your search. 

Many of our properties now offer a virtual tour so you can get a feeling if the property is right for you without arranging a viewing. You can then view a property in person if you wish by contacting our office using the enquiry form on our website, calling 0113 274 6642 or even using our live chat. We recommend viewing properties as soon as you can to avoid disappointment, our properties generally do not stay on the market for long.  

Seen a property you like?

Get in touch with us as quickly as possible, the rental market can move very quickly so you must act quickly to secure it.   

In order for referencing to begin we require a financial commitment from you in the form of Holding Payment equivalent to one week’s rent. The property will then be taken off the market and held for you pending successful referencing. The Holding Payment will then be used towards the first installment of rent.     

You’ve found your perfect house share in Leeds

To move in you will need: 

  • Holding deposit (equal to 1 weeks rent) 
  • First Months Rent  
  • Security deposit (£260.00) 

You should also consider the following costs once moved in: 

  • Monthly Rent 
  • Council Tax 
  • Utility bills, gas, electric, water.  
  • Phone line, broadband, and line rental.  

You can check how much you can afford on the Money Advice Service website. 

Credit and Reference Check 

You will be asked to give references to confirm your details and background. We will ask you to complete the details of your references online. Please make sure you give plenty of contact details so that the process is swift.  It is also worth speaking with your references/referees so they know they will be approached and can provide a prompt response. 

Referencing Criteria 

  • Three years’ address history
  • Landlord details for any property rented in the last three years 
  • No County Court Judgements, Bankruptcies, Insolvencies, or adverse credit (or equivalent) 
  • An income in excess of, or equal to 2.5x the monthly rent.  
  • If you’re retired, then your (joint) pension, per annum, will also need to equal 2.5 times the monthly rental 
  • If you are self-employed, either an accountant’s reference or evidence of the last three years’ tax return 
  • No negative landlord references (if applicable)

We will also need to ascertain that you have the right to rent property in the country

The referencing process can take anything between two and ten days depending on the cooperation of the nominated referees. 

We know everyone’s circumstances are not the same, if you do not meet the referencing criteria, please talk us through your circumstances and we are able to assist.

Welcome to your new house share!

Moving in 

If your rental application is successful, we will confirm the check in and draw up contracts. The initial contract length will be 6 months fixed term which will then go onto a periodic agreement unless you decide to arrange another fixed term.   

Before moving into a property, payment of the first month’s rent and your deposit must be made by debit or credit card or via our online payments system. Keys can be issued as soon as the payment has been received.  

We will make arrangements for a check-in inspection at a mutually convenient time. For this, we will arrange to meet you at the property, undertake an inventory check, do a ‘walk-through’ of the property to ensure you are familiar with the heating and utilities and take meter readings. 

The signing of your tenancy agreement, Tenancy Deposit Scheme paperwork will take place online.  

We aim to make renting a property a smooth, easy process. We’re continually looking for new ways to remove the stresses that are normally involved in moving into a new property.

The Inventory 

We know that there is a lot to think about on moving day, and we want you to settle into your new professional rented property. We, therefore, give you a seven-day reporting window to let us know of any issues you come across in your new home. We will then quickly arrange any required maintenance and repairs, and you can relax knowing that you will not be held responsible when it comes to check-out time. 

Utility Bills  

Your rent is inclusive of bills, council tax, electricity, gas, water, and a certain broadband package which  

Living in a Pickard Property 

If there is any issue during the tenancy, there are different ways to report issues by either reporting maintenance here or downloading our Tenant App. 

Our phone line is 24 hours for emergency maintenance only with an out of hours team when the office is closed.  

The guidelines in respect of expected timescales for repairs –  

Priority One – Emergency Repairs 

Any repairs required in order to avoid a danger to health, risk to the safety of residents or serious damage to buildings or residents belongings. Within 24 hours of the defect being reported. Please also report these by calling our office on 0113 2746642. 

Priority Two – Urgent Repairs 

Repairs or defects which materially affect the comfort or convenience of the residents. Within 5 working days of the report of the defect. Office opening days are Monday to Friday. 

Priority Three – Non urgent day to day repairs 

Reactive repairs not falling within the above categories. Within 28 days of report of the defect. 

Moving Out 

The notice period is 1 month as standard after the initial fixed term, please put your intention to leave in writing to us.  

You will need to make sure that the property is fully cleaned and is left in a good condition for you to be entitled to your full deposit back. If there are no deductions, your deposit should be returned in accordance with the tenancy agreement.  

If you have any more queries – check out our FAQS for professionals.