Monthly Archives: November 2014

Celebrating 10 years of expert lettings negotiation in Bristol

It’s celebration time this week at City Rental Services, with our Senior Lettings Negotiator Bonnie Jones (pictured below) completing 10 years with us at our Gloucester Road offices.

expert lettings negotiator in Bristol

Bonnie helps to run the front office, making sure that all paperwork is in hand, as well as dealing with tenants, landlords, maintenance billing, property repair work, invoicing and liaising with contractors.

But why has Bonnie stayed for a decade? We’ll let her answer that one:

“It’s a small office with a family feel. Everybody knows us here on Gloucester Road after 20 years of providing independent lettings advice, and there’s a real community atmosphere. We’re a diverse team and work well together.”

“Gloucester Road has the biggest mix of independent retailers in the UK, and every day is different with constant challenges. It’s a great place to work.”

Bonnie is also a qualified interior designer, and recently completed a project for The Flower Shop opposite our offices – see some of her work here.

We also offer a no-obligation interior design consultation service for landlords looking to maximise rental return with expert refurbishment advice – for only £99 per property in Bristol. Simply speak to Bonnie for further details.

Bonnie is a keen animal lover, with chickens, ducks, a cat and dog at home, and also enjoys travel, scuba diving and sailing in her spare time.

If you’re looking for advice on rented property in Bristol from a leading independent lettings agency, call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.


Why the student rented property market in Bristol is hot news

At City Rental Services, we’ve recently launched our student season rented properties available to move into from July 2015 – but why so early, you might ask?

Simple – demand for rented student accommodation in Bristol is so high that many landlords want to showcase their rented properties for students in Bristol as soon as possible.

rented property for students in Bristol from City Rental Services

All of our properties are listed on Rightmove as well as firstly being highlighted on our own website.

Our student rented properties in Bristol are value for money, and run by landlords we’ve worked with for many years.

We talk to our student landlords in Bristol about many aspects of letting rented properties, including health & safety standards, regulations, maintenance and repairs to rented properties, and what student tenants expect for their money.

If you’re a new student in Bristol, or a group of students in a BS postcode thinking of getting a place for July 2015, call into see us at 58 Gloucester Road for a chat.

We can talk through available houses, locations, sizes, facilities, and general advice whilst you decide which ones to view.

What can City Rental Services do for letting only landlords in Bristol?

At City Rental Services, we’ve enjoyed being in the midst of all the hustle and bustle that Gloucester Road and BS7 has to offer in Bristol for 20 years now.

Letting agent on Gloucester Road in Bristol

We see ourselves as the gateway to rented property knowledge for letting only landlords in Bristol – but you might ask why you’d use us?

If you’re a letting only landlord in Bristol, our two decades of specialist expertise in rented property in Bristol means that we should be your starting point.

Our Gloucester Road office can become your hub, a central point of information, advice, hints and tips on setting up and managing a successful rented property portfolio in Bristol.

Just pop in and see us! We can help with areas such as:

* Marketing and Managing your own rented property portfolio

* Issues relating to refurbishment and repair

* Maximising your rented property return

* How to build a rented property portfolio

* Redress schemes for tenants in Bristol

* Rental deposit schemes

* Assessing applicants

* Immigration checks on new tenants

In fact, anything at all to do with renting your property out!

If you’re looking for a ‘How To on rented property in Bristol from an experienced independent lettings agency, call into 58 Gloucester Road (we are based in the City Property Lets Offices) to see us.

How can you prevent condensation build up now it’s Autumn

The team at City Rental Services are getting lots of enquiries now it’s Autumn about the problems that arise due to condensation in Bristol rented properties.

The conversation usually starts with a query over damp, but the first issue to resolve is the age-old question – is it damp or is it mould?

central Bristol lettings agency

When the standard mid-Victorian house becomes home to several persons sharing, sometimes more than five, moisture problems can arise.

These groups live, work, eat and love in the house. Friends stay over too, and if each person daily takes a shower, washes their clothes, dries them on a radiator, cooks food – maybe pasta in an open pan with excess steam – the group will find they are on the way to having a house with condensation issues.

These issues start to show up as we move from Summer into Autumn: the weather cools, windows are shut, and the clothes all dried inside.

Try and establish whether the problems you are experiencing are from possibly penetrating damp, defective rainwater goods, or building defects.

Maybe rising damp, blocked gutters, or a leaky roof could also be contributing factors.

More likely may be that it is just condensation – it is vital to ventilate the house well. If the rooms are well ventilated, the tumble drier used for larger loads of drying, the heating used morning and evening, and air allowed to freely circulate in the rooms, condensation issues can be kept to a minimum.

Why not look up condensation causes here.

If you’re looking for advice on rented property in Bristol from a leading independent lettings agency, call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.