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How important are inventories for property landlords in Bristol?

The management team at City Rental Services have been assisting more property landlords in Bristol with inventories so far in 2017, and we decided to write a full blog post highlighting the importance of full inventories for rented accommodation.

advice for property landlords in Bristol from City Rental Services

One of the first questions many property landlords in Bristol ask us is whether an inventory is compulsory. Our response is always the same.

Tenancy deposit protection does not make inventories compulsory. However, in practice, they are essential.

Not only is an inventory needed in the sense of a list of items included in the tenancy but will have to record any damage the condition of each item. Any existing defects at the beginning of the tenancy will need to be set out.

If your deposit is intended to cover damage to the property itself, you will also need a condition schedule.  Again, this will need to record any damage, which exists when the tenancy starts.

An inventory and condition schedule should be taken at the beginning of a tenancy with the tenant present where possible. The tenant should then sign that they are in agreement. This same documentation will then be used whilst conducting the check out at the end of the tenancy.

If an item of furniture is new or if the property has been recently internally decorated this will need to be recorded in your conditions schedule and a full photographic record is advisable. It is advisable to have any photographic evidence dated.

Published articles have said that there have been a number of decisions by adjudicators under existing voluntary schemes, which show that unless you follow these rules there is little or no chance of you recovering anything out of the deposit for damage.

Likewise, decisions by a District Judge in County Court small claims have also shown that without an inventory and schedule of condition, it is less likely that you will be awarded any part of the deposit to make good any damage caused.

In our experience, it is common for a tenant to claim that the damage already existed when the tenancy started!

If, following the end of the tenancy, you have to make good any damage it is advisable to have proper receipts, estimates and invoices.

If you’re looking for advice on managing 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.

Top tips to enhance your rented property in Bristol this Autumn

It’s the time of year when everyone at City Rental Services is advising our property landlord clients in Bristol on how to improve and spruce up their rented property portfolios.

tips for property landlords on preparing rented property in Bristol for Autumn from City Rental Services

And with Autumn well and truly upon us, now is the time to consider a few simple and straightforward tips on how to enhance the appearance of rented properties in BS postcodes, to generate more interest from potential tenants.

Our top tips for sprucing up rented properties in Bristol this Autumn include:

Focus on appearances – tidy up the area in front of the property, including washing windows, clearing leaves, pruning the front garden and cutting trees.

The clearing of gutters is always essential to stop the build up of leaves and blockages and always best to stop further damage to the exterior when the weather gets colder and not so easy to attend to.

Mould is always a problem when the heating gets switched on and the windows and doors are shut, especially in rented accommodation with more than two people sharing.

Make sure the mould is cleaned off and removed, bathrooms and kitchens should be repainted with anti-mould paint to not only to give a fresh appearance, but to also to prevent it from coming back.

Ensure all little jobs are completed such as dripping taps and leaking gutters.

Check all appliances are in order, including boiler and water heaters, are in warranty and covered for Winter usage and colder wetter weather.

If you’re looking for advice interior design for 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.

Rented property investment trends in Bristol – amazed at Easton!

Here at City Rental Services, we’re contemplating the current pressure to raise rents.

We’ve noticed in recent weeks that this seems to have been the case especially in and around Easton, where it’s possible that the introduction of licensing by Bristol City Council is having an upward effect on the rents being sought and achieved as properties in Easton come under increased scrutiny by Bristol City Council and are then improved.

advice on rented property investment in Easton, Bristol from City Rental Services

We are aware of some property landlords in Bristol that are buying, some that are selling – some using the Auction House on 30th July – where some interesting Easton properties will be up for auction.

There are fascinating property investment opportunities available to Bristol property landlords looking to increase their portfolio during the remainder of 2015 with many good tenants anxiously seeking a new home.

If you’re considering purchasing property for investment purposes in Bristol, why not call in and have an informal chat.  We monitor the sales market as well as the letting market on a regular basis.

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

How does City Rental Services know so much about lettings, and achieve so much in a small office?

Heading into 2015, the small but experienced team at City Rental Services, are giving ourselves a little pat on the back.

We have a new and bespoke online system for our letting-only landlords in Bristol for the year ahead,  we understand that everyone is an individual – whether you’re a property landlord in Bristol that needs special clauses, tenancy start and finish dates, or a tenant applicant who requires help in getting to viewings, or specialist information on which BS postcode in which to let a rented property: we care, and take the time to help.

rented property advice in Bristol from City Rental Services

At City Rental services, we know what we’re doing and aim to get the job done efficiently, too! How do we do this?

We’ve got a small team, and have worked together for years in our Gloucester Road-based office.  We have worked together for a long time and respect each other for our individual experiences and specialities.

However it’s not just about time served, we also really enjoy what we do!

It maybe just letting only to some, but it means more than that to us: City Rental Services provides additional services – such as key holding, help with contractors, tenant problems, monitoring the market and keeping up with industry trends: we pride ourselves on providing a one-stop-shop for the professional tenants, student tenants, and Bristol landlords we serve.

If you’re looking for advice on rented property in Bristol from a leading independent lettings agency in 2015, call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us – we’re happy to give a decent bottle of wine to anyone who can find a property letting question that our team can’t answer this month!

Immigration checks on rented property tenants remains topical

The subject of immigration checks on rented property tenants has come under the spotlight again, and here at City Rental Services, we’ve always been highly conscious of the need to amend our forms and paperwork to accommodate the needs of tenants from outside of the UK who take rented properties in Bristol with us.

advice from City Rental Service, a leading independent lettings agency in central Bristol

The story was in the news here recently, with concerns regarding fraudulent tenant applications for rented accommodation.

Much has been discussed around the issue of landlords and/or letting agencies having to carry out immigration checks on new tenants, and the legislation appears to be confusing for many at this point.

Janie Gaston, Operations Director at tenancy referencing firm FCC Paragon who voiced concerns in the article above, comments:

“We feel this is going to be very onerous for landlords and letting agents alike, and is unlikely to tackle immigration problems as it appears to be a very complicated and time-consuming process, which we feel many landlords will struggle to undertake.”

From our perspective, with 20 years’ independent letting agency experience from our Gloucester Road offices in central Bristol, it’s also important to remember that everybody needs a roof over their head. Shelter is a fundamental need, and everybody deserves a decent home to live in.

Our primary role is to ensure that both landlord and tenant are happy, of course, and to maintain a balance between profitable letting of rented properties in Bristol for our long-term landlords, as well as keeping professional and student tenants happy with their homes across Bristol.

If you’re looking for advice on rented property in Bristol from a leading independent lettings agency, call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.