Monthly Archives: January 2013

More EPC legislation changes affect rental properties in Bristol

We blogged from our Gloucester Road-based lettings agency offices last year about EPC ratings and legislation, and now further new rules came into force this month, which will affect all rental properties in Bristol.

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As of 09th January 2013, all marketing must have (as a minimum) the EPC rating indicated. It is no longer essential to have the full EPC document, however if possible, the front page should be included.

Landlords in Bristol can access EPC documents at www.epcregister.com

All EPC’s are uploaded to this website and the EPC ratings must be shown for each property they are marketing – including bedsits.

Landlords, its time to really familiarise yourself with the EPC rating for YOUR PROPERTY. Don’t forget if the EPC rating is too low, you WILL need to improve the energy performance of your property. It shouldn’t be below an E rating.

We welcome this – after all, it gives tenants a better picture of the energy efficiency of the rental house or apartment in Bristol, energy costs are lower.

So, the property is more attractive, tenants stay longer, cutting out costly changeovers, too.

To find out more about EPC ratings, legislation changes, and the impact on tenants and landlords in Bristol, read this useful piece from the Landlords’ Guild.

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

A flurry of activity in BS7 as the Bristol student accommodation season starts for 2013

It’s that time of year when our Gloucester Road-based lettings agency enjoys a flurry of activity for rented property in the BS7 postcode – due to the start of the student accommodation season.

This means a hectic period for our lettings negotiators, as we prepare for the annual influx of students looking for quality rented accommodation in Bristol.

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All of our new student rental properties are loaded onto the main City Rental Services’ website with new images as well as the other online portals we use, rental values are discussed with Bristol landlords, conversations happen with current student tenants to see which ones are looking to remain in their current rented accommodation for the coming year, postcodes are checked to ensure all properties are listed accurately and can be located easily for any viewings.

We also co-ordinate viewings between students, prospective landlords and our office for rented flats and houses across Bristol, and we look after between 600-700 students looking for rented accommodation across the city.

It’s a busy time! We never forget to treat our students and landlords individually, however: last week, we had a Bristol landlord in our letting agency offices, requesting the following tasks to be managed for him:

  • Windows cleaned inside and out
  • Damp patches eradicated internally
  • Roof repair carried out
  • Gardens tidied and trees/bushes cut
  • Rubbish removed appropriately

So, alongside daily emails coming in and rental deposits being paid, it’s a great start to the year, with lots of well-positioned student rented accommodation available at City Rental Services – especially in the BS7 postcode this year.

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

Why would a Bristol landlord choose City Rental Services?

Although our central Bristol lettings agency spends a huge amount of time dealing with our core base of young professional and student tenants, we don’t forget our landlords.

As a well-established leading independent Bristol lettings agency, we continue to attract an increasing number of landlords with properties to let in central Bristol areas.

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For example, this year sees the expansion of residential accommodation across North Bristol by Filton Airfield and towards Cribbs Causeway.

Investment landlords will be looking at new housing developments such as those on offer from Barratt, and purchasing new properties specifically for letting.

These properties provide a fantastic opportunity to own a contemporary rented home close to local amenities – including motorways, Aztec West, Cribbs Causeway and the exciting Emersons Green Science Park.

Landlords, if you’ve bought one of these newer properties across Bristol, and are looking for a reputable, established and leading independent lettings agency to manage your single property or property portfolio, get in touch – we have a fantastic following of reliable, vetted, professional tenants.

Our ethos is simple – it’s all about matching the needs of landlords and tenants, a fine balancing act at times, but when carried out thoughtfully can provide a good rental income for landlords and a fairly-priced deal for tenants.

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 central Bristol Lettings Agency Negotiator

By Scott Essex, Lettings Negotiator at City Rental Services

Although I only joined City Rental Services nine months ago, it’s been an amazing introduction to the world of rented property lettings and management in Bristol.

I usually start my day with talking to and meeting our long-established landlords. At the moment, I’m focusing on one-bed rented properties and bedsits to rent in Bristol.

Yesterday, for example, I was dealing with a landlord in Bristol with a property to rent for the first time in 8 years. A location visit, to take instructions and pictures, then back to our Gloucester Road office to upload the images onto the various internet platforms and websites we use to market our properties.

I also arranged for an advertising sign for the property, and after three potential tenant viewings, a suitable professional applicant was vetted and approved.

Interestingly enough, he’s moving from a more expensive part of Bristol into a BS7-based flat where the value for money is greater at the moment.

We’re finding that BS7 rented properties across Bishopston and Horfield, provide an increasingly-popular choice for rented accommodation in Bristol.

After lunch, I visited some student accommodation to update the photo libraries we have available, and prepared to upload these for the new student season.

This means that our student tenants get the very best chance to see the variety and quality of student accommodation on offer, quickly and easily.

Whilst out viewing and taking pictures of these student properties, I also dropped in a heater to a landlord, for a bedsit where the boiler had broken down. This helps to reduce any short-term discomfort while the boiler is repaired.

It’s an interesting, varied and enjoyable role, and I’m really finding the world of rented property in Bristol hugely interesting. Many thanks to Sue, of course!

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