Mid Rent

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Sixty Two  new mid market rent properties at Leith Fort will be available to rent from Persevere Developments Limited, subsidiary of Port Of Leith Housing Association, during 2017.  Both two and three bedroom properties, designed in a colony style with private gardens, will begin to be available from spring 2017, and continue in phases into the summer. 
The two bedroom properties enjoy a well-defined open plan kitchen/living room and will include floor coverings, oven, hob and extractor fan . Two bedrooms with build in wardrobes and tv points. Bathroom with white sanitary ware, bath, electric shower. chrome towel warmers and anti slip vinyl flooring. Heating and hot water provided by a Worcester Bosch combination energy efficient gas-fired condensing boiler.
Property is suitable for a maximum of three people
Mid Market Criteria - minimum household income £21,000 maximum £39,067
Three Bedroom Properties  £808pcm   
The three bedroom duplex properties are located above the two bedroom properties. The Duplex properties comprise on the first floor, three large double bedrooms with build in wardrobes and tv points. Family bathroom with white sanitary ware, bath with electric shower, chrome towel warmers and anti slip vinyl flooring. Ample storage. The second /top floor has a large bright living space with a separate kitchen, utility and wc. Heating and hot water provided by a Worcester Bosch combination energy efficient gas-fired condensing boiler.
Property is suitable for a maximum of six people
Mid Market Criteria - minimum household income £25,000 maximum £39,067
Viewings during February 2017
First Stage Allocation April 2017
Leith Fort is within close proximity to the Leith shore and Ocean Terminal with its selection of shops, restaurants and cinema. The location is perfectly situated for easy access to Edinburgh’s city centre.       

Who is it for?

MMR aims to help people who are working and who would otherwise be unable to afford to purchase property in the current market and find full market rent too expensive. Anyone is welcome to apply, but properties are allocated using our prioritisation model described in the “How are the properties allocated” section.

What properties are available?       
We currently advertise any available properties in our office window and on the citylets website:

If I am not accepted in the first instance can I re-apply for other Mid Market Properties?   

Yes you can apply for our current Mid Market Properties – we hold applications for all eligible applicants for up to three months and contact them should any of our existing properties become available.
All new developments will require a new application form.  
Application Form   
You can download it here.  Application Form  Request an application form by emailing propertyadmin@polha.co.uk or calling 0131 554 0403

You need to complete our application form if you wish to apply for mid market rent property with us as additional information is required on your circumstances to enable us to assess whether you qualify. Once your completed application form has been received we will assess it and check all the information you have provided. You will be contacted if you are being considered.
The properties will be let under Short Assured Tenancies which run for an initial term of six months and will be renewed thereafter. This Short Assured Tenancy agreement is similar to those provided by the private rented housing. More detailed information on Short Assured Tenancy Agreements will be issued to you as part of the allocation process. For more information and impartial advice on Short Assured Tenancy Agreements you can visit http://scotland.shelter.org.uk.
No, they will not be furnished. Carpeting, floor covering (vinyl) and an oven and hob will be provided.
Preference will be given to applicants over 18 years old, with a household income between £17,000 and £39,000 per annum. Applicants should have independent means enabling them to pay rent without immediate recourse to Housing Benefit. In the allocation of Mid Market Rent properties, preference will be given to:
  • First time buyers.
  • Those living in private rented housing, living with family, friends or relatives, or lacking security of tenure in their current home.
  • Owners of properties where a change of circumstances (e.g. health or relationship breakdown) is forcing or requiring a move (in these circumstances, it will be expected that the former home is or will be sold prior to, or immediately after, the commencement of a tenancy).
  • Those either currently occupying or on a waiting list in respect of council or housing association property.
  • Currently serving and ex-service personnel and their families.
  • Priority will then be given to eligible applicants who are:
    • Those living with family, friends or relatives.
    • Those lacking security of tenure in their current home.
    • Property owners will not normally be considered a priority unless their circumstances are forcing a move (e.g. through ill health or relationship breakdown).
A deposit of one month’s rent is required prior to taking entry. This is a security deposit and will be retained to meet the costs of any damage/dilapidation caused to the property by the tenant or for any unpaid rent after the property has been vacated. We will protect this deposit by transferring the funds to an Approved Scheme under the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (Scotland) Regulations.
At the end of the tenancy, you will need to agree with us how the deposit should be allocated. Our Tenancy Deposit Scheme provider will then repay the deposit in accordance with the agreement unless there is a dispute between us over the deposit allocation. If there is a dispute, the Scheme provider will ask for evidence from all parties as to how they feel the deposit should be allocated. It will then carry out an adjudication process and issue a draft report for review by all involved.
The rent will normally be higher than that for a comparable social rented property, but lower than privately rented property.
Yes, we have a minimum household income of £17,000 for a one bedroom, £21,000 for a two bedroom and £25,00 for a three bedroom property. This is because we recommend that the rent should not be more than 35% of your net income. This means that the rent for a one bedroom property will be approximately 35% of your earnings. The maximum household income for all of our Mid Market Properties £39,067.
Port of Leith HA is managing the properties for the landlord, Persevere Developments Ltd (PDL), and will ensure the accommodation meets the Government Repairing Standard for private housing at the start of your tenancy and at all times during the tenancy. The tenant will be liable for the cost of repairs where the need for them is due to their fault or negligence or that of any person residing with them or any of their guests. Full details of the respective repairs responsibilities (yours and ours) will be issued to you as part of the allocation process.
You must apply for permission to keep a pet. We will normally give permission to keep pets but the tenant must be aware that it is their responsibility to clean up after their pets and any damage caused by pets will be charged to the tenant.
Applicants should normally be working and should be able to pay the full amount of their rent without Housing Benefit assistance. We will be asking specially tailored questions on our application form to make sure you can afford the rent for your property. Once you have been shortlisted we will ask for of proof of income (such as wage slips or tax returns, bank statements etc).
The property size offered will be appropriate for the household composition. Allocations should not result in significant under occupancy or overcrowding. We will normally allow for no more than one additional bedroom.