Monthly Archives: January 2015

Tips for Bristol landlords on exterior and interior design of rented properties

By Bonnie Jones, Senior Lettings Negotiator

Many people think of design as a glamorous profession and only for the most expensive homes and clients, but this is not the case – and here at City Rental Services, we like to advise and assist landlords in Bristol on design improvements for their rented properties.

Most rented accommodation in Bristol could benefit from some basic tips, these will not only add value to the rented property portfolio, but also enhance the experience and lifestyle of  the tenants.

interior design tips for rented property landlords in Bristol from City Rental Services

As we know, a happy tenant makes for a happy landlord – happy tenants are more likely to look after your property, and even enhance it themselves.

Bristol landlords who want to improve their properties sometimes don’t allocate enough time for the plan and can end up allowing the allocated builder or decorator to work out the colours etc., on their behalf, which sometimes works out, but can fail to have that polished, professional and eye-catching finishing touch that attracts the best tenant applicants.

If your rented property is looking tired, shabby and worn out, or insufficient consideration has been given to presentation, your property will be detrimentally affected.  There are plenty of houses and flats out there that are well presented, and where care, time and thought has been given to the presentation.

Here’s my top tips for Bristol landlords on design for rented properties:

1. Always try and keep the outside and entrance of the rented property well-maintained: kerb appeal is important, and first impressions count.

2. Keep it simple: colours for walls and woodwork should be light and fresh, so that any tenant moving into a rented property can feel they can make it their own home.

3. Blinds and curtains should also be in natural colours, so that the tenants’ furniture works with the room: gone are the days when tenants enjoyed having dark heavy curtains at the windows!

4. Carpets – always tricky: tenants may not be as careful in their rented homes in looking after carpets. Dark grey carpets or wood floors – look stylish and of course wood is easier to maintain.

5. And last but not least – kitchens and bathrooms: white suites and complimentary tiles can warm the room, include the colours you have already planned for the walls in the splash backs, too. Work it all together to make a warm pleasing theme.

Hope some of these tips help you for next time you have work to be carried out on your rented accommodation in Bristol: with a little planning, you can achieve great results, and achieve a higher return.

If you’re looking for advice on rented property in Bristol from a leading independent lettings agency in 2015, call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.

Which rented property deposit scheme should you use in Bristol in 2015?

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear at City Rental Services is “Where is my rental deposit held – and why?” and we’re always happy to advise our Landlords and tenants further on this.

Landlords, it’s vital to ensure that you’re part of a rented property deposit scheme in Bristol.

advice on rental deposit schemes in Bristol from leading letting agency City Rental Services

There are currently three main schemes in existence for rental deposits in 2015, namely:

Deposit Protection Servicewww.depositprotection.com – this scheme is typically used by single-property landlords, who give the rental deposits to the Deposit Protection Service. They retain the monies, and provide a Certificate to the landlord within 30 days with the required prescribed information for the tenant. This scheme is delivered without cost to the landlord.

www.mydeposits.co.uk (TDSL) – this scheme is used mainly by landlords with two or more rental properties, who retain the rental deposits, and pay to join the scheme. Landlords pay per deposit held, and register this within the scheme, to obtain a Certificate.

TDS – this scheme is run by www.thedisputeservice.co.uk also known as www.tds.gb.com and is effective for property management companies such as our friendly competitor www.city-property-lets.co.uk.

The property management company holds the rental deposits for multiple managed and rented properties. The company retains the deposit, and pays an annual fee to TDS based on the number of rental deposits held and Certificates given. Keeping property Inventories here is a key consideration.

But why?

These schemes provide a framework for tenants, landlords and agents to operate in – whereby there is protection for all parties.

This, in turn, leads to greater attention being given to property inventories, and ultimately provides a fairer system for tenants, too.

Think carefully about which deposit scheme you’re a part of 2015 – but make sure you’re a part of it.

If you have any queries about our BS7 letting agency, please feel free to contact us here, or visit us at our offices on 58 Gloucester Road in buzzing BS7.

What does the Warm Up campaign mean for property landlords in Bristol?

We’ve been keeping an eye on the latest initiative for Winter in the city here at City Rental Services, and it looks like it’s worth getting involved in during the harsh January and February months across Bristol.

The Warm Up Bristol campaign is an initiative launched by Bristol City Council, aimed at raising awareness around available grant funding for energy efficiency improvements to homes across the city.

Advice for Bristol rented property landlords around the Warm Up Bristol campaign

The campaign – designed specifically for rented properties in Bristol to help improve EPC ratings of F or G – provides up to £3,000 to help with the cost of installing energy efficiency measures, such as:

* Boiler replacement

* Electrical heating upgrades

* Double glazing

* Insulation

The funding grants are only available up to 31st March 2015, so it’s worth looking at before the cut-off date. Ring 0800 107 4100 for details this month.

If you’re looking for advice on rented property in Bristol from a leading independent lettings agency in 2015, call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.

How does City Rental Services know so much about lettings, and achieve so much in a small office?

Heading into 2015, the small but experienced team at City Rental Services, are giving ourselves a little pat on the back.

We have a new and bespoke online system for our letting-only landlords in Bristol for the year ahead,  we understand that everyone is an individual – whether you’re a property landlord in Bristol that needs special clauses, tenancy start and finish dates, or a tenant applicant who requires help in getting to viewings, or specialist information on which BS postcode in which to let a rented property: we care, and take the time to help.

rented property advice in Bristol from City Rental Services

At City Rental services, we know what we’re doing and aim to get the job done efficiently, too! How do we do this?

We’ve got a small team, and have worked together for years in our Gloucester Road-based office.  We have worked together for a long time and respect each other for our individual experiences and specialities.

However it’s not just about time served, we also really enjoy what we do!

It maybe just letting only to some, but it means more than that to us: City Rental Services provides additional services – such as key holding, help with contractors, tenant problems, monitoring the market and keeping up with industry trends: we pride ourselves on providing a one-stop-shop for the professional tenants, student tenants, and Bristol landlords we serve.

If you’re looking for advice on rented property in Bristol from a leading independent lettings agency in 2015, call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us – we’re happy to give a decent bottle of wine to anyone who can find a property letting question that our team can’t answer this month!

2015 predictions for the rented property sector in Bristol

With a New Year now here, the team at City Rental Services, are considering 2015 predictions for the rented property sector in Bristol, and how this might affect our landlords and professional and student tenants in various BS postcodes this year.

rented property in Bristol from City Rental Services

We found this interesting and useful article recently, highlighting a few common themes for the private rented property sector in the UK for the next 12 months, namely:

* 30% of the UK housing stock could be accounted for by rented properties by 2020

* The private rented property market will continue to be a growth sector in 2015

* Under-35s will still focus on rented property rather than property ownership for the immediate future

This positive news for landlords in Bristol for 2015 is also bolstered by another article here, discussing how more than half of all UK landlords plan to expand their property portfolios during 2015.

We predict that property landlords in Bristol will increase their property stock across the city, to provide more choice for tenants looking for rented accommodation in popular postcodes such as BS6, BS7, BS8 and BS2.

Bristol’s rented property sector remains buoyant, with increasing demand for good quality and affordable rented houses and flats. 2015 will undoubtedly see more of the same, and we’re looking forward to providing our best customer service to landlords and tenants old and new in the year ahead.

If you’re looking for advice on rented property in Bristol from a leading independent lettings agency in 2015, call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.