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Property maintenance tips in late Autumn for Bristol property landlords

With Autumn upon us here at City Rental Services, this week our rented property blog in Bristol is all about general maintenance.

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Bristol Landlords – a few tips for checking your properties before Winter really sets in.

Our top tips for you are:

  • Clear all guttering and pipes of debris, leaves and rubbish
  • Ensure that all pipework is ready for Winter and won’t freeze – this includes checking the condensate pipes, overflows. and gutters for leaks
  • Remove rubbish from gardens and front of house areas
  • Get the central heating system serviced and make sure your gas safety is up to date
  • Check for any issues in student houses over Christmas holiday period when the house may be empty.
  • Check for condensation and demould, then advise tenants how to minimise condensation and to ventilate the property
  • Regularly put on heating in all properties during Autumn and Winter months during any absences

If you’re looking for advice on how to manage and maintain a property portfolio in Bristol, call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us – as an independent letting agency in Bristol, we’re here to help.

 

2015 predictions for the rented property sector in Bristol

With a New Year now here, the team at City Rental Services, are considering 2015 predictions for the rented property sector in Bristol, and how this might affect our landlords and professional and student tenants in various BS postcodes this year.

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We found this interesting and useful article recently, highlighting a few common themes for the private rented property sector in the UK for the next 12 months, namely:

* 30% of the UK housing stock could be accounted for by rented properties by 2020

* The private rented property market will continue to be a growth sector in 2015

* Under-35s will still focus on rented property rather than property ownership for the immediate future

This positive news for landlords in Bristol for 2015 is also bolstered by another article here, discussing how more than half of all UK landlords plan to expand their property portfolios during 2015.

We predict that property landlords in Bristol will increase their property stock across the city, to provide more choice for tenants looking for rented accommodation in popular postcodes such as BS6, BS7, BS8 and BS2.

Bristol’s rented property sector remains buoyant, with increasing demand for good quality and affordable rented houses and flats. 2015 will undoubtedly see more of the same, and we’re looking forward to providing our best customer service to landlords and tenants old and new in the year ahead.

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.

 

City Rental Services rescues Harry the Hamster from empty student accommodation in Bristol!

At City Rental Services, we’ve had a funny little incident this week involving one of our recently vacated student properties in Bristol and a left-behind furry friend.

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On inspecting the vacated student property in BS7, one of our senior lettings negotiators Michaela Thompson (pictured) came across a hamster that had been left behind in the student accommodation.

After rescuing Harry the Hamster and bringing him back to our Gloucester Road offices, we put out the word to find him a good home – and, we’re pleased to say, Harry the Hamster was re-homed by the end of the day!

It was certainly one of the more unusual days at our central Bristol lettings agency, but it made the entire team smile, and it was rewarding to see Harry get a fabulous new home into the bargain as well. A brilliant effort by all.

If you’d like to find out more about our central Bristol lettings agency, please feel free to get in touch here.

Calling all Bristol landlords – City Rental Services can help you!

At City Rental Services we deal with a large number of landlords in Bristol, providing letting-only property rental services, giving landlords just the right help when they need it.

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Some of the ways we help landlords in Bristol include:

* Bringing rental property to market with substantial exposure

* Helping ease the burden of rental accommodation legislation

* Finding the right tenants for our landlords’ property portfolios

If you’re a landlord in Bristol and are tired of regulations, and not sure where to go or what you need to do, let a letting agent take the strain.

We’ll guide you through the myriad of legislation, as well as helping you to work your way through the complexities of managing a rental portfolio – including access to our considerable amount of information and database of approved contractors.

Basically, our expertise are focused on helping letting-only landlords in Bristol.

If you’d like to find out more about our central Bristol lettings agency, please feel free to get in touch here.

Are the boilers in your Bristol rented properties up to standard?

At City Rental Services,  we notice that as October comes around, the office starts to think about boilers – after all, October 01st is the big turn-on for most rented properties in Bristol for their boiler systems, as Autumn advances.

But what if your boiler switch on is a big turn-off?

New legislation surrounding flues is due to come out on January 01st, and with literally 1,000’s of tenants in Bristol switching on their boilers in October, there are always inevitable problems associated with boiler and heating systems.

It’s vital that landlords in Bristol ensure that they check their Gas Safety Certificate – firstly, to see if any remedial action advice is listed from the previous inspection.

Most importantly, of course, is to check that the Certificate is actually in date.

A useful additional activity is to check the boiler pressure in all rented properties, backed up with a visual inspection and walk-round of each property to check that no rad valves are missing, no radiators are leaking or rusting, and that all Bristol tenants have instruction manuals for working the boiler in each property.

These can be downloaded from the internet, if you search under the boiler make, model and year of installation.

If you’d like to find out more about our central Bristol lettings agency, please feel free to get in touch here.

Does your letting agency vet their Bristol landlords?

At City Rental Services, we understand the importance of regulations within the rented property sector – rules that, in essence, protect both the landlord and tenant.

The subject of landlord ability is one which we find ourselves coming back to time after time, as a leading independent letting agency in Bristol –we carefully vet our landlords, to try to protect all parties working with us, to help landlords understand the ever-changing world of rented property legislation.

A useful report recently from the National Landlords Association highlighted the importance and increasing popularity among tenants regarding taking out Tenancy Agreements with accredited landlords – landlords with a good grasp of their responsibilities.

We see the sense in this – after all, it is important to remember that renting out properties is a business concern. The relationship between landlord and tenant is a commercial one – often brokered by a letting agent in the middle.

There are so many considerations over-and-above the actual letting of the property itself – including Health & Safety, gas certificates, carbon monoxide detectors, the duty of care to review property electrics, fire protection, and general standards of decency in each property. These are our areas of core expertise!

Why not give us a call for a chat about how to let your rented property in Bristol – our service is simple, speedy and efficient.

So, the next time you visit a letting agency in Bristol, ask them how they vet their private landlords. You owe it to yourself as a tenant to ensure that you get the best possible service from your agent – and a decent landlord, too.

Learning how to be a decent landlord is an ongoing process.

If you have any queries about our central Bristol letting agency, please feel free to contact us here.

100 properties rented in Bristol – in one weekend

At City Rental Services, we’re used to being busy – given the nature of the lettings sector in Bristol, meeting deadlines and co-ordinating last-minute organisation are essential skills for any lettings management team.

There are certain times of the year, however, where our busy office in central Bristol becomes frenetic – such as a recent weekend, where we complete the rentals for 100 properties over two days.

The student changeover is our busiest time of the calendar year, forming the culmination of looking after our student tenants in Bristol for the year.

In June, it’s the end of the student year, and so our student tenants are returning the rented property keys ready for check out and deposit refund.  As well our office is seeing new student tenants who are visiting to collect keys for their new rented properties in Bristol.

What this means, basically, is two days of mayhem! The hundreds of sets of property keys all have to be carefully labelled up, with student tenant forwarding addresses being taken.

Then alongside this mammoth activity, our new student tenants are finishing off their paperwork, making final payments and then collecting their keys, often with parents in tow, and then they head off to their new rented homes across Bristol and to meet their Landlords.

By the end the weekend we had the majority of student property keys back, and the final inspections were being conducted – at City Rental Services, we encourage Landlords to check their student houses weekly during June, to try and ensure all rented properties are in a good condition as possible for handover.

The queue started forming from our central Bristol lettings office on Sunday, with eager student tenants ready to move into their new accommodation.

The City Rental Services office closed on Sunday at 6pm, and although it was a shattering weekend, our negotiators did an amazing job. More importantly, our student tenants were mostly happy and able to start enjoying their rented properties in Bristol.

Plenty still to do with lots of maintenance tasks, new furniture to be supplied, carpets, curtains and of course many trips to the shops to get the new accommodations up to scratch.

If you have any queries about our central Bristol letting agency, please feel free to contact us here.

How to move into a rented property in Bristol

One of the most frequent services we provide at our central Bristol lettings agency is helping tenants move into a rented property.

And whilst this might seem like a straightforward process for some, for others it can seem like a time-consuming nightmare of paperwork and form-filling.

From our experience, the usual route for moving into a rented property in Bristol goes like this:

A visit to www.rightmove.co.uk where a postcode search will highlight available rented properties in the chosen BS area, as well as showing active letting agents.

The most important element to consider when reviewing available properties are photographs – at City Rental Services,  we upload images of every property we let as standard. This gives the best information, quickly and visually.

After selecting relevant properties, it’s time to ring agents – but if this is an 0800 telephone number, get hold of the agents’ landline office number and save money on these calls. A property letting agent should give you their direct line.

After being asked a few simple qualifying questions by the agent – such as if the applicant is working, whether the property they require is furnished or unfurnished, the length of tenancy required, viewings can be confirmed – with a hopeful selection of property.

Ensure that key questions are asked of the agent, including tenancy deposit amount required, the monthly rental amount, agency Fee and when it is required (many letting agencies in Bristol take their Fee immediately, but at City Rental Services we only take our letting fee at the end of the process, not the start), and the length of time it takes to move into a property.

One of the main priorities we consider as a leading letting agency in Bristol is to marry up tenants’ expectations with the process of moving into a rented property. It’s simply about the agency handling the property process properly.

The next stages are straightforward for both parties, once a property is chosen by the applicant:

Deposit paid (typically, a month’s rent), References are taken up, including current landlord, employer and Bank status is checked.

City Rental Services agrees a move-in date and check tenant’s requirements.

Time to sign the Tenancy Agreement, pay letting agency Fee, move in – at City Rental Services we provide useful information for tenants of the service providers for utilities.

With the right letting agency in place, moving into a rented property in Bristol should be as simple as that!

If you have any queries about our central Bristol lettings agency, please feel free to contact us here.