Monthly Archives: September 2012

A Green Deal update for landlords in Bristol

At City Rental Services,  we’ve been keeping a close eye on the Green Deal, and blogged about it recently.

It’s important for landlords in Bristol to appreciate the impact of last year’s Energy Act, and to appreciate how their rental property values in Bristol could be affected if they don’t take action before the Act legally requires them to.

We came across this useful article highlighting some of the issues being raised alongside the Green Deal.

Our response is speedy – we’re currently undertaking a full review of all our letting-only portfolio of properties in Bristol, to establish which properties are currently an F or G rating for energy efficiency.

It’s also worth considering that to consistently rent out a property in Bristol, appliances will need to be energy efficient, and with a regard to EPC ratings, remember A-E is good, whilst F-G appliances may need replacing, including insulation improved and windows checked.

Other considerations are the overall efficiency of the heating in a rented property, including measures such as wall cavity insulation.

Are you ready for the new Green Deal?

Consider the overall efficiency of the property, as tenants do take this into consideration when choosing a rented property in Bristol.

If you’d like to find out more about our central Bristol lettings agency, please feel free to get in touch here.

A guide to choosing a letting agency in Bristol

At City Rental Services, we understand that when it comes to choosing an agent to let your property in Bristol, a proven track record is invaluable.

We’ve been trading on Gloucester Road since 01st August 1996, and it’s with a bit of pride we now find ourselves in our 17th year as an independent letting agency in Bristol.

We believe that it’s crucial to have the right people for the right job, and have a great balance of long-term industry experience sitting comfortably alongside our young and enthusiastic lettings negotiators in our Bristol office.

Some of the key things to remember when choosing a letting agency in Bristol include:

  • Well-established agency with good landlord & tenant feedback
  • Evidence of successful property marketing campaigns in place
  • Knowledge and top contacts within the Bristol lettings sector

Let us come and value your property. It’s important to also remember that property values change weekly in the Bristol lettings market, as available properties come and go.

If you’d like to find out more about our central Bristol lettings agency, please feel free to get in touch here.

A Day in the Life of a Bristol lettings agency

At City Rental Services, (hyperlink with http://www.city-rental-services.co.uk/) we start the day with a cuppa, and a review of what’s been going on overnight – recently, it was usually something from the Olympics, or it might be a big news story, or possibly it’s a visit from one of our Letting-Only landlords to advise us of a flat or house to let, if they’ve received notice from their current tenant.

The lettings team will then get to work on the marketing of the flat or house to let in Bristol, while the admin team will be dealing with the paperwork for tenancies already being processed – as well as keeping our landlords and tenants advised of progress.

Boards have to be erected, the various web sites that we use have to be updated, including www.rightmove.co.uk and our own website, plus if it’s a student property in Bristol, it might also go on www.studylets.co.uk.

This all happens after the price has been discussed. If we haven’t seen the property, a visit is made to take a new set of photos and give the rented flat in Bristol the once over to make sure it is of a decent standard.

While all this is going on, our MD Sue Powell will be checking emails and having a morning meeting with her business partner in one of the great cafes of Gloucester Road, such as Bubalu, Ronak and Tart.

During the course of the day, many visitors call at our office, including landlords, tenants, contractors, friends, and our IT support company BRISTOL IT. It’s always a busy place.

For example, today we had a visit from a young chap about to start a degree at one of the new colleges springing up in Bristol. His first experiences with letting agencies in Bristol had not been easy, and so we did our best to help him.

Tomorrow is another day, and with more challenges to meet, no doubt!

If you’d like to find out more about our central Bristol lettings agency, please feel free to get in touch here.

Does your letting agency vet their Bristol landlords?

At City Rental Services, we understand the importance of regulations within the rented property sector – rules that, in essence, protect both the landlord and tenant.

The subject of landlord ability is one which we find ourselves coming back to time after time, as a leading independent letting agency in Bristol –we carefully vet our landlords, to try to protect all parties working with us, to help landlords understand the ever-changing world of rented property legislation.

A useful report recently from the National Landlords Association highlighted the importance and increasing popularity among tenants regarding taking out Tenancy Agreements with accredited landlords – landlords with a good grasp of their responsibilities.

We see the sense in this – after all, it is important to remember that renting out properties is a business concern. The relationship between landlord and tenant is a commercial one – often brokered by a letting agent in the middle.

There are so many considerations over-and-above the actual letting of the property itself – including Health & Safety, gas certificates, carbon monoxide detectors, the duty of care to review property electrics, fire protection, and general standards of decency in each property. These are our areas of core expertise!

Why not give us a call for a chat about how to let your rented property in Bristol – our service is simple, speedy and efficient.

So, the next time you visit a letting agency in Bristol, ask them how they vet their private landlords. You owe it to yourself as a tenant to ensure that you get the best possible service from your agent – and a decent landlord, too.

Learning how to be a decent landlord is an ongoing process.

If you have any queries about our central Bristol letting agency, please feel free to contact us here.