Here at City Rental Services we’re looking at that time of the year when Bristol property landlords can get hassled, stressed and over-whelmed – the student accommodation changeover. We help more than 700 students move in.
And with the student cycle entering the changeover period, here’s a quick guide filled with hints and advice on how property landlords in Bristol can make it a less stressful experience for themselves and student tenants.
Here’s our top tips to ensure that all student tenancies end promptly in 2016:
Serve Notice to all student tenants.
You must serve notice even to fixed-term tenancies. Whilst most students will move on, it’s important to cover yourself in the event of a refusal to leave.
Serving notice is a legal requirement and should be accompanied with the selected tenancy deposit scheme’s prescribed information.
Make sure the Law is on your side and serve Notice. This should be done two months before each student tenancy is due to expire.
Be friendly to your student tenants.
In Bristol, back-to-back tenancies mean there’s often no gap between a student tenant group moving out and new tenants moving in.
This means that landlords can rely on student tenants to ensure the property is in order for the next group. Throughout June, visit the property more frequently to check on progress being made.
Don’t instruct large maintenance jobs until affected tenant’s exams are over.
Work with the attitude that the empathy and respect you show will be returned by your student tenants.
Buy a notepad and make lists.
Make sure you know what’s happening and when. Student accommodation inspection checklists help ensure that work gets done.
Curb unnecessary trips to IKEA and save fuel by ensuring your list details everything you need.
Accuracy will help if you need to claim any deposit money at a later stage. For example – if a chair needs replacing, note in which room it’s located and the exact nature of the damage.
Find a good cleaner.
We believe that with the right encouragement many student tenants are fantastic and will get the properties cleaned appropriately.
However, sometimes a professional cleaner will be required. It is a busy time for student property cleaners in Bristol, so book these well in advance so your rented properties are organized.
Talk to your student tenants.
Tell your student tenants about your expectations. Tell them about the cleaning expected. Tell them where you want the keys placed in the student properties. Explain to them the process of returning their deposits, so they understand – otherwise, your phone will ring 80 times asking for ‘My deposit’. And, finally, make sure you have a forwarding address for each student tenant when they move out.
If you’re looking for advice on managing student accommodation in Bristol, please call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us – as an independent letting agency in Bristol, we’re here to help.