Monthly Archives: February 2016

How to deal with mould problems in Bristol rented properties

It’s that time of year at City Rental Services when we notice more issues from our student and professional tenants with mould problems.

advice for bristol buy-to-let landlords on dealing with mould

February is the best time of the year for property landlords in Bristol to check their properties for mould and condensation issues, as this is one of the worst months for issues related to unwanted moisture retention in properties.

City Rental Services is often asked for solution for buy-to-let landlords and tenants, and it’s vital that time is invested on resolving mould and condensation issues effectively.

We advise our landlord to spend time inspecting their property investment portfolio this month, check for mould and condensation – take an anti-mould kit with them on their inspections or ask your maintenance contractor to make these inspections on your behalf.

One of the most effective ways to prevent mould issues in your rented properties in Bristol is to arm your tenants with relevant information: leaflets on how to prevent mould and condensation can be given to each tenant when they complete their tenancy agreement paperwork and move into a property or during the course of the tenancy.

You as a property owner can, or arrange for, de-moulding and redecoration as necessary.

You may want to install better ventilation systems, a fan in the bathroom, a condensating tumble dryer. Check the windows open properly and have locking stays for safety.

To find out more about the differences between mould, condensation and damp in rented properties in Bristol, please visit here.

We’ve also written a blog post about top tips on Winter maintenance of rented properties which might be useful – please visit here for details.

To find out more about the common causes of condensation, please visit this blog post we wrote specifically on it at the end of last year here.

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.


An amazing week for our Gloucester Road letting agency in Bristol

Goodness me, what a week! The final week in January is always hectic for our letting agency team in Bristol, and this surely must be one of the busiest weeks of the letting year.

With over 70 properties advertised on Rightmove the phones have rung continually and 100’s of enquiries have poured into our email inboxes for rented properties. Our team of student lettings experts have worked so hard.

Student accommodation in Bristol from letting agency City Rental Services

With the student market well underway for 1st July 2016, we let over 25 student houses in Bristol last week alone.

Andy and Ben have been out of the office conducting back-to-back viewings all over the city in various BS postcodes.

This of course has the knock-on effect of creating enormous amounts of administration and paperwork, that Bonnie and the front office team have taken on board and dealt with.

The introduction of the new Right to Rent legislation has also meant that all applicants have to now come into the office with their passports or visas, creating even more office activity. It’s been fantastic to see happy tenants and landlords at our Gloucester Road lettings agency office.

We are pleased to say that our new systems and procedures are holding up as expected, and the electronic application, processing although input-intensive, has given way to faster, clearer and more accurate documents.

A big ‘well done’ to the whole student letting team in our Bristol office this week – great work.

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

Private rental sector in Bristol experiences biggest growth in UK

This week at City Rental Services we’re going to focus on an interesting news story we saw in the Telegraph, concerning the demand for rented properties in Bristol.

free advice for buy-to-let landlords in Bristol from City Rental Services

According to research published in the Telegraph, Bristol has experienced an 18% increase in rent rises in the last 12 months, and is now seeing rental incomes growing faster than in London.

London’s rent rise was 11% last year by comparison, and the increasing demand for rented accommodation in all Bristol is in recognition of the rise in popularity of private renting.

Bristol offers a combination of good quality rented accommodation for young professionals, families and students as well as being a bustling, vibrant and cheaper option in rented property than London.

You can read the full story and examine the top cities for renting here.

We believe that 2016 will be another strong year for Bristol landlords, but we also believe that rent rises should be kept within reasonable bounds to ensure that they remain realistic and do not outstrip tenants ability to pay them.

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.