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Bristol landlords need to be aware of smoke and fire alarm changes

This week at City Rental Services we’re taking a closer look at recent legislative changes to smoke and fire alarm provision and testing for rented properties in Bristol and all over England to ensure that property landlords are up-to-speed with their legal obligations.

advice for Bristol landlords on fire and smoke alarms from City Rental Services

Since October 2015, it’s been a legal requirement for property landlords to provide the following level of fire and smoke alarm testing:

Smoke alarms, fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms must be tested ON THE DAY that a new Tenancy commences. Not the day or week before or after.

This is a critical consideration for all tenancies commencing in Bristol during this year’s student swap-over.  We have made our best efforts to inform all of our City Rental Services landlords via email over the past few months.

This means, for example, that on 01st July, we’ll be testing more than 50 rented student properties.

We will be sending one of our qualified and approved electricians to each property with a third party to witness his checks.

This form of third-party self-certification is in place when a tenant will not be present on the date the tenancy starts, which is very common with student properties

We will also make photographic evidence of the visit to the property by the electrician.  This will be kept on record should it ever be required at a later date.

Landlords should note that under the recent alarm testing legislation changes, it is the responsibility of the tenant to then test and change any alarm batteries, as and when needed.

The National Landlords Association has provided a useful fire safety tool, which can be utilized here.

If you’re a property landlord in Bristol and are unsure of your level of compliance regarding any alarms in any of your rented properties, feel free to get in touch with us. Our fully-managed lettings team can assist you further.

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.

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.

Top tips for Winter maintenance of rented properties in Bristol

Here at City Rental Services with the colder weather upon us, it’s that time of year when we advise our tenants and property landlords alike to consider the benefits of effective property maintenance during the colder winter months.

rented property advice for Bristol buy to let landlords from City Rental Services

With that in mind, here are some of tips for Winter maintenance of rented properties in Bristol to ensure your repair bills are kept to a minimum:

Keep the heating on low – this prevents pipes from freezing, and also helps to maintain the property at a constant temperature.  It is usually cheaper to retain a constant level of heat rather than switching the boiler on and off.

If you going away during the winter for more than a fortnight contact your letting agent so they can check the property for you during this time. This could help prevent unnecessary emergencies.

Ensure you know the location of the property stop tap.

If pipes do freeze – open up kitchen cupboards to allow heat to the water supply pipes. Place hot water bottles on the pipes to defrost them slowly.

Check the loft space regularly if you have a loft-located water tank.

Check that your insurances are up to date.

Speak to your letting agent – get handy hints and tips from them. They will also have a number of tradesmen to assist if Winter problems arise.

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.

How will the removal of wear and tear allowance affect Bristol property landlords?

We came across an interesting and concerning article here at City Rental Services last week, with the news that the removal of the wear and tear allowance is having a detrimental effect on Bristol property landlords, and the nationwide buy-to-let sector as a whole.

advice on wear and tear allowances for bristol landlords from City Rental Services

According to research published by the NLA, and highlighted in this article more than half of all buy-to-let landlords will be affected by the removal of the wear and tear allowance.

Bearing in mind that 24% of all property landlords in the UK let their properties fully furnished, the new system coming into effect in April 2016 will cover the replacement costs of furniture and certain specific items.

Although the NLA has ‘broadly supported’ the new system, there are still concerns with some of our Bristol property landlords that scrapping the current allowance for a tax relief system will cost landlords more money overall in replacing and maintaining the furnishings and fittings of rented properties in Bristol.

We will, of course, be monitoring the changes closely for our landlords.

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

Bristol landlords – is your rental portfolio covered for property damage?

It’s that time of year at City Rental Services, with the seasons changing and student tenants looking to the end of the Summer and the start of a new academic year in Bristol, that we consider various issues for private landlords across various BS postcodes – including covering property damage to rental portfolios across the city.

advice for property landlords in Bristol on property damage from lettings agency City Rental Services

We saw an interesting article here, highlighting an estimated 400,000 private landlords nationwide being apparently affected by property damage in the last 12 months.

Property damage can be a significant issue if the damage caused exceeds the value of a tenant’s deposit – this quickly eats into property profit margins.

There are simple steps that property landlords in Bristol can take to reduce the likelihood of sustaining property damage to their rental portfolios, such as:

  • Carefully vet all tenants before an Agreement is signed
  • Ensure that the home insurance policy cover is thorough
  • Talk to property management experts in Bristol such as CRS

It’s also worth considering the implications of void periods on rented property insurance for landlords, as well as carefully researching specific landlord insurance policies available on the market, to reduce the financial stress of property damage affecting a property portfolio during the remainder of 2015.

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