Monthly Archives: October 2015

Recent student accommodation fire highlights new legislation for private landlords in Bristol

At City Rental Services we breathed a sigh of relief recently, following the breakout of a large fire at student accommodation in Bristol, resulting in no fatalities – but which saw the rehoming of more than 100 students in Bristol.

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The blaze, which was caused by an unattended oil pan, caused significant damage to the student accommodation in Colston Street, but the presence of fire alarms undoubtedly prevented the loss of life, according to local officials.

And this ties in closely with new legislation that came into force on 01st October around smoke and carbon monoxide regulations.

The legislation – which is contained within the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations 2015 – requires all private landlords in Bristol to have at least one smoke alarm installed on every level of their rented properties, as well as a carbon monoxide alarm in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a coal fire or a wood burning stove.

The landlord must also ensure that all alarms are fully working at the start of each new tenancy. This now applies to all rented properties in Bristol.

To review the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations 2015 in full, please visit here.

You can read more about the student house fire in Bristol here.

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Bristol Landlords – are you aware of new rules on tenant evictions?

At City Rental Services we’ve been carefully monitoring a raft or recent legislation affecting Bristol landlords and buy-to-let investors in various BS postcodes.

And the latest series of property sector-related legislation concerns what private property landlords can do around the thorny subject of tenant evictions.

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The legal changes – which are part of the Deregulation Act 2015 – have been criticised by some buy-to-let landlords in Bristol for choking the average private landlord with mounting rules and regulations to comply with.

The new changes, however, make it more straightforward for Bristol property landlords to evict a tenant where they are legally allowed to do so.

Landlords can face high costs when taking a tenant to court to seek possession of their property – and technicalities and minor errors in applications for section 21 evictions can be thrown out by the court.

Tenancies entered into after 01st October can utilise a newly-produced form from Bristol City Council, designed to reduce mistakes and help save time and money for private landlords – as well as enabling them to get their properties back as soon as possible.

Landlords need to adhere to the new legislation around tenant evictions, particularly around the information which must be provided to tenants before landlords can serve the new Section 21 form and guidance notes.

To find out more, Bristol landlords should contact Julie Norris, Landlord Liasion Officer at Bristol City Council, on Julie.norris@bristol.gov.uk.

To find out more about our letting agency services in Bristol, simply call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.

Raft of new legislation in force for Bristol property landlords

At City Rental Services we’ve been keeping an eye on the increasing amount of property letting industry-related legislation that seems to be coming into force this year.

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And the start of this month sees a number of new pieces of legislation becoming Law, so much so, that we’re doing a series of blog posts in the next few weeks to cover the new items which will impact property landlords in Bristol.

The first measure that’s come into effect from 01st October and which will affect the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in Bristol is the legislation brought into being by the Government around the Retaliatory Evictions of tenants.

As part of the Deregulation Act 2015, new provisions are now in effect to protect tenants in rented properties across BS postcodes from unfair evictions.

From 01st October, where a professional or student tenant in Bristol makes a genuine compliant about the condition of their rented property that hasn’t been addressed by their landlord, their complaint has not been addressed by the landlord, their complaint has then been verified by a local authority inspection, and the local authority has served an improvement Notice or a Notice of emergency remedial action, a private landlord now cannot evict that tenant for six months.

Furthermore, the landlord is now also required to ensure that the repairs are completed on the rented property, and demonstrate their full completion.

This is an important piece of legislation, and all private property landlords in Bristol should be fully aware of the implications of these new legal rights.

To find out more about Retaliatory Evictions, please visit here. 

Also feel free to get in touch with our experienced lettings negotiators at our Gloucester Road office to further discuss any concerns you might have.

To find out more about our letting agency services in Bristol, simply call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.

Where do Bristol landlords stand with evicting troublesome tenants?

At City Rental Services we’re sometimes called in to act as the middle man between property landlords and professional and student tenants in Bristol – using our considerable experience and expertise to mediate and help resolve issues.

Sometimes, however, issues can’t be resolved – and the only course of action facing a property landlord is to evict a troublesome tenant from a property.

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Plus, with the fears over the scrapping of wear and tear allowances and ever-increasing legislative burdens, we’ve seen a few property landlords in Bristol looking to leave the Bristol property market, cash in on the strong sector position, and remove all tenants from their rented properties by serving Notice.

However, serving a Section 21 Notice seeking possession of a rented property may just be the start of a long-winded process of trying to regain possession of the rented property a Bristol landlord owns and lets out.

You may find, as a buy-to-let landlord in Bristol, that your tenant may resist the Notice served. They may not be in a position to move out at the expiration of the Notice.

Rents will certainly have increased, and the supply of private rented accommodation in Bristol will have diminished.

Bristol property landlords may also have to consider applying for accelerated possession, and assistance from Court bailiffs – all of which is costly and time-consuming.

This recent article from property industry portal Landlord Zone concerning the increase in tenant evictions across the UK also makes for useful reading and reference for Bristol property landlords.

To find out more about our letting agency services in Bristol, simply call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.