Category Archives: Lettings agency in Bristol

The implications of tenant screening legislation on Bristol landlords

As we head into the latter part of the Summer, here at City Rental Services, we’ve been giving major consideration to the potential introduction nationwide of tenant screening legislation, further to the ongoing Immigration Act.

advice for property landlords in Bristol on tenant screening from City Rental Services

We’ve already introduced systems to take account of this new legislation at our independent letting agency offices on Gloucester Road.

It’s also worth noting that Bristol City Council will be holding a Landlords Forum at the Create Centre in Spike Island on 07th October at 7pm to discuss related issues and how this will affect property investors and buy-to-let landlords across Bristol when the legislation comes fully into effect in the UK.

If you’re a private landlord in Bristol, this Forum could be worth attending to air issues, discuss related matters with industry professionals, and also to hear what Bristol City Council are doing around the Immigration Act legislation.

Contact Julie Norris on Julie.norris@bristol.gov.uk, or visit here for further information.

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

An Open Letter to all our student tenants in Bristol

Here at City Rental Services, we wanted to blog an Open Letter to all of our student tenants, following another hectic student accommodation changeover.

Bristol student accommodation from letting agency City Rental Services

To all our students working with City Rental Services and City Property Lets, we wanted to say a massive thank you to you all for completing your academic student year with us, and our landlords, in Bristol.

It’s been one of the fastest, most successful and trouble-free student changeovers. The team dealt with the movement of 1,200 student tenants in 48 hours – not to mention a maintenance workforce of over 60 contractors.

There were very few late key returns, and every key had some identifying feature. When dealing with several hundred keys overnight, this is vitally important!

With the outgoing groups making a real effort to leave their student houses clean and tidy, rubbish cleared, and ready for the next occupiers, we’re delighted with the low levels of complaints from incoming groups.

We’re taking this opportunity to wish you all well for the remainder of 2015: it won’t be long till November, when we start to re-list!

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

Why are our student rented property landlords in Bristol smiling?

Here at City Rental Services, it’s a case of ‘job done’ as we hand folders to our student letting-only landlords like Bob below.

letting agency services for students and landlords in Bristol from City Rental Services

Landlords like Bob can look forward to another 12 months with their student houses fully let to carefully selected student groups ranging from three sharing to 12 sharing.

Bob is smiling, as he’s enjoyed this level of professional service from us for over 10 years, and he’s worked in partnership with CRS throughout that time.

If you haven’t let your student property yet, we’ve got student tenants pleading for more group rented student properties in Bristol, so pop in to see us.

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

Bristol landlords! Why choose CRS to rent your property for you?

This is a question we often answer at City Rental Services and as we work in partnership with a number of rented property landlords in Bristol, it’s worth discussing further on our letting agency blog in detail.

advice for rented property landlords in Bristol from City Rental Services

We all know Bristol’s buzzing is indeed are its lettings, and Bristol is an incredibly successful and popular city.

It’s relatively easy to rent a property quickly in various BS postcodes, but how do you choose the tenants who can really afford to pay the required rent, care for the property, stay a reasonable length of time, and respect your property?

For our one-off charge of £414 including VAT, you get so much more at CRS than just the provision of a tenant. Our letting agency services in Bristol include:

* Comprehensive in depth knowledge of the property market

* Modern speedy and effective systems from our Gloucester Road office

* Access to a range of tried-and-tested contractors in Bristol

* A rapid accountancy turnaround service from our team

* We try and go the extra mile to ensure that our landlords are very satisfied with our services

* A useful filter for issues between tenant and landlord

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

How to leave student rented property in Bristol this June

As we enter June, at City Rental Services we’re preparing for one of the most important days in our annual calendar – 30th June.

This is the big day when many of our student tenancies come to an end.

Advice on student accommodation in Bristol from City Rental Services

Exams are over, leaving parties are in full swing, the Glastonbury weekend is upon us (rain or shine) and our student tenants are getting ready for the big pack-up and clean-out in their rented properties across Bristol.

It’s also the month that student tenants should be thinking about maximizing the amount of rental deposit they see returned to them from their letting agencies and landlords in Bristol.

Here’s our checklist of things to do during June to ensure you get a full rental deposit back at the end of the academic year:

* You’re responsible for clearing, cleaning and tidying your bedroom and the communal areas of your rented property. Make sure you clean under the bed, behind the wardrobe, window sills and skirting boards – basically, a thorough clean is required. Does your vacuum work? If not, contact your landlord or letting agency.

* Communal areas will include the bathroom, which can be quite a challenge. Make sure the toilet is thoroughly cleaned, including bath and wash basin. Full cleaning and polishing is needed, with all rubbish removed, and shower curtain washed, or cleaned fully if glass. Wipe down and remove any mould on window sills.

* One of the main communal areas to consider is the kitchen. Fridge freezers will need to be turned off before 27th June, to give time before the final weekend for all foodstuffs out and the freezer de-frosted fully. Use a good oven cleaner, including the racks, grill and hob – and remember the oven sides, inside and out.

* General rubbish needs to be cleared, so make sure all black bin bags full or refuse are cleared. Ask a friend with a car to do a local tip run – the Council can also help remove larger items such as furniture, for a small fee.

* With the full student rented property thoroughly clean and tidy, and ready for inspection, keys need to be returned, and a new address left with the letting agency or landlord. Also remember to read all meters and note the readings.

* If there are any damages you know of which are your responsibility, let the letting agency or landlord know, as this will speed up deposit refunding if mentioned at the time of rented property vacating.

Sticking to the above simple points should go a long way to helping student tenants to get their rental deposits back quickly and straightforwardly.

If you’d like to find out more about our Bristol lettings agency, please feel free to visit us at 58 Gloucester Road or get in touch here.

 

Why do CRS charge Agency Fees?

This is a question we answer regularly at City Rental Services and as with all businesses, we need to make a living to survive.

We charge Agency Fees to facilitate our core services, namely to provide a range of rented accommodation to students and professional tenants alike – which we’ve done for over 18 years.

Advice on letting agency fees for Bristol landlords

The system has evolved whereby letting agents charge a percentage of a month’s rent, to cover all costs incurred – including all the responsibility of taking a tenant from an enquiry for a rented property to moving into that rented property.

At CRS, our Agency Fee structure is simple and clear – 35% of one month’s rent plus VAT. So, on a £400 per month room, this would incur a Fee of £168.

This amount covers the cost to our independent letting agency business of providing every aspect of the process involved and costs incurred, such as:

* I.T. systems

* Phone systems (including mobiles and iPads)

* Transport

* Website costs

* CRS links & www.rightmove.co.uk links

* Staff & business premises costs

* VAT payments & processing

* Signboards & window displays

* Landlord and tenant liaison time

* Document production for all parties

Needless to say, we have to charge for our services!

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

A Day in the Life of Michaela Thompson, CRS Lettings

Here at City Rental Services it’s that time of the month when we hand over our rented property blog to one of the team, for them to showcase their stuff!

What’s your full name and job title?

Michaela Thompson, CRS Lettings

rented property expertise from City Rental Services lettings team member Michaela Thompson

How long have you been at CRS?

Five years.

What are your main responsibilities?

My main responsibilities are to keep a record of all the properties ready to go on the market, and advertise them on our website.

I do regular property inspections to ensure the properties are being looked after, and do inventories for our portfolio of rented properties in Bristol.

I meet with landlords to value the properties, and carry out viewings for people looking for a new home. Once someone has applied for a property tenancy, I make sure we have all correct details to proceed with the tenancy application.

Why are property inspections so important?

It is important to carry out regular inspections to keep the properties up to a decent standard, and to ensure the property is being looked after properly.

How do you deliver the best rented property inspections?

By taking lots of photos, and by being thorough in my reports.

Why do rented property inspections help landlords to rent properties?

It allows the landlords to keep on top of the property maintenance, and ensure it is shown at its best for potential tenants. Inspections for advertising should also take into account for the rented properties kerb appeal.

What issues do you help landlords and tenants overcome in Bristol?

It is important to make sure that both the landlords and tenants are equally happy, for landlords to achieve the best rents, and for tenants to be happy in their rented accommodation in various BS postcodes.

How did you get into the rented property sector as a career and why?

I started off doing admin with another Letting Agency in Bristol, and I have always been interested in property.

What do you think of the Bristol rented property sector at the moment?

There is very high demand for rental properties in Bristol and we like to be able to help with a decent home for applicants.

What are your predictions for the rented property market in Bristol in 2015?

To continue to be strong, especially with student tenants across the city.

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

The benefits of property inspection – and how this improves a Bristol landlord’s chances of renting properties

A Day in the Life of Andy Hawkins, Property Manager, City Rental Services

Andy Hawkins, Property Manager at City Rental Services in Bristol

Here at City Rental Services it’s time to interview another one of our property lettings team at the Gloucester Road offices of City Rental Services – over to you, Andy!

Q. What’s your full name and job title?

Andy Hawkins – Property Manager.

Q. How long have you been at CRS?

I have worked at CRS for 13 years.

Q. What are your main duties?

I deal mainly with the property management side of things. I organise the larger maintenance that we carry out, ranging from preparing quotations and then organising the jobs themselves. I also oversee the lettings team and carry out any valuations for Bristol landlords in rented properties we manage.

Q. Why are property inspections so important?

We need to inspect properties to eradicate any issues that could be present both structurally and internally. We also are able to keep an eye on how tenants are treating the rented properties in our portfolio.

Q. How do you deliver rented property inspections?

You have to ensure that you are thorough, and take your time, I use an iPad and take as many photos as possible, so that we can keep visual records.

Q. Why do rented property inspections help landlords to rent properties?

We need to maintain all rented properties to a good standard: any problems left untreated will worsen and eventually cost more. Potential tenants are always wise to issues at the properties they view. A better maintained property usually attracts a better standard of tenant in the longer term, too.

Q. What issues do you help landlords and tenants overcome in Bristol?

I personally help our Bristol landlords in maintaining the integrity of properties and ensure that any problems our student and professional tenants have are dealt with speedily and effectively.

Q. How did you get into the rented property sector as a career and why?

I had spent time in the military and the second hand car industry – both of which had helped with my organisational and sales skills. I felt I needed a new challenge, and had always been interested in property. I originally worked for George Press in a lettings role, and then moved onto CRS.

Q. What do you think of the Bristol rented property sector at the moment?

I feel that a good property in Bristol will have no shortage of good potential tenants. We are always busy and looking for more properties to feed the demand. The market is buoyant in both a professional and student capacity. People love Bristol!

Q. What are your predictions for the rented property market in Bristol in 2015?

I’m sure the market will continue to grow, as many professionals are struggling to actually own their own home. Students are always a mainstay of our business, and they will always be attracted to Bristol as it is a cool place to be.

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

Letting agency fees in Bristol – are you getting a fair deal?

Here at City Rental Services one of the questions we get from our tenant applicants is “How much are your fees, what does it cover, and why do we have to pay it?”

Letting agency fees can be a mystery but it’s a subject we’re more than happy to deal with in a straightforward and professional manner.

Advice on letting agency fees for Bristol landlords

We provide a letting service for sought-after accommodation for both professional and student tenants in Horfield, Bishopston, Montpelier, Redland, Stokes Croft, Cotham, and Clifton as well as south of the river in BS3.

There’s a great industry article here, discussing the expectations and demands of student tenants in the competitive and fast-moving property lettings sector.

As a leading independent letting agency on Gloucester Road, we have no hidden charges, and a one-off Fee of only 35% +VAT for our services to help you find a suitable property, carry out the application process to include referencing, guarantors if required, preparing the Tenancy Agreement, and getting it all signed up, sorting out future payments by Standing Order and giving general assistance to start your tenancy.

If you are still seeking student accommodation – although the majority of our student houses in Bristol are already let, don’t give up: rented properties for students in BS postcodes will come up in the next few months, so keep checking here in coming weeks.

We also have a selection of professional properties in many different price bands, with the selection changing daily.

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

Bristol Landlords – are the fire protection measures in place in your rented properties a cause for alarm?

As an independent letting agency on Gloucester Road BS7, here at City Rental Services we’re used to advising our landlords and tenants on related issues – one very important issue is Fire Protection and the maintenance and upkeep of Fire Alarms and Emergency Lighting.

fire alarm advice for bristol property landlords from City Rental Services

Landlords have a duty of care to ensure that all equipment supplied to their tenants is in good working order and is regularly checked and maintained.

We are frequently reminded about the need for Gas Safety Certificates, but Fire protection is equally important.

If the property has a licence then the fire alarm system should be checked and a Fire Alarm and Emergency Lighting Certificate produced twice a year.

Whatever fire protection system is in place inside a rented property – whether it’s an integrated full fire alarm system, or battery-operated detectors – please make sure it’s all in working order for your tenants and your peace of mind.

Have it checked regularly, and consider whether it provides sufficient protection. There are new products on the market that can provide great cover, but are not as costly or as complicated to install.

Rented property landlords! If there’s no provision for fire protection in place in your rented properties, it’s time to get fire protection systems in place to protect your tenants and reduce your liability and risk.

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