Monthly Archives: January 2016

Top tips for Winter maintenance of rented properties in Bristol

Here at City Rental Services with the colder weather upon us, it’s that time of year when we advise our tenants and property landlords alike to consider the benefits of effective property maintenance during the colder winter months.

rented property advice for Bristol buy to let landlords from City Rental Services

With that in mind, here are some of tips for Winter maintenance of rented properties in Bristol to ensure your repair bills are kept to a minimum:

Keep the heating on low – this prevents pipes from freezing, and also helps to maintain the property at a constant temperature.  It is usually cheaper to retain a constant level of heat rather than switching the boiler on and off.

If you going away during the winter for more than a fortnight contact your letting agent so they can check the property for you during this time. This could help prevent unnecessary emergencies.

Ensure you know the location of the property stop tap.

If pipes do freeze – open up kitchen cupboards to allow heat to the water supply pipes. Place hot water bottles on the pipes to defrost them slowly.

Check the loft space regularly if you have a loft-located water tank.

Check that your insurances are up to date.

Speak to your letting agent – get handy hints and tips from them. They will also have a number of tradesmen to assist if Winter problems arise.

If you’re looking for advice on rented property in Bristol, please call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us – as an independent letting agency in Bristol, we’re here to help.

Bristol property landlords – are you ready for Right To Rent?

This week at City Rental Services we’re taking a look at imminent legislation affecting Bristol property landlords – the new rules on Right to Rent.

advice for property landlords in Bristol on Right to Rent from City Rental Services

With effect from 01st February 2016, under the new Right to Rent legislation, as a landlord you will have a legal duty to ensure that any tenants taking up occupancy in a rented property you own have been checked for their ‘Right To Rent’ a property in the UK.

It is your obligation to do this, however as letting agents, City Rental Services will undertake reasonable steps to check the Immigration Status of all applicants in line with the legislation, on your behalf, if you are prepared to authorize us to do this, at the commencement of the tenancy.

It’s important to note that any potential new tenants with a VISA (they have a limited time in the UK) will need to be re-checked in good time before their current VISA expires.

It’s critical that all  landlords take time out to read this new Right To Rent legislation, as it will affect your upcoming tenancies in 2016.

There will be strict penalties imposed for failure to comply.

Read here to find out more.

If you’re looking for advice on rented accommodation in Bristol, please call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us – as an independent letting agency in Bristol, we’re here to help.