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The Pros and Cons of written inventories for rented properties in Bristol

Here at City Rental Services, we came across an industry article outlining the importance of written inventories for rented properties – and thought it was worth highlighting further.

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The article looks at some of the dangers in using modern technology and devices such as tablets and phones to itemise for inventories in rented properties.

Although the article isn’t in favour of bought-in Inventory packages, much of the rented property industry now uses them for ease and convenience.

We wanted to confirm how important a well-prepared Inventory is, with Tenancy Deposit Schemes in use.

With the possibility of a dispute it is vital to have a clear and precise record of the contents and condition of rented accommodation.

Some of our top tips for rented property inventories include:

* Backing it up with photographs is good practice, but some way of dating the photos is necessary.

* Include readings of the gas and electricity meters if possible.

* Don’t forget to inventory the front and rear gardens of rented properties.

* Several Inventory packages or apps can be bought to make the job easier – it is a simple matter then to update the Inventory after each check in or out.

* If you do have any issues that you want to deduct money for at the end of the tenancy you must advise your outgoing tenants first, and get their agreement – or you could well end up with an indefensible dispute on your hands.

* A clear and FAIR presentation of any potential costs usually prevents disputes.

* Tenants are entitled to know that the reasons why a deduction needs to be made – and this should be presented with a clear record of what and why.

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

A Day in the Life of our Accounts Manager at City Rental Services

By Wendy Pinker, Account Manager

It’s always busy at City Rental Services, and I usually arrive at the Gloucester Road offices for 7.45am, to check and action any emails from the night before.

The next task is to check bank accounts, to ensure that all fees, rents, deposits and associated payments have been received and made, as well as keeping paperwork up-to-date.

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One of my main daily tasks is to assist with accounts, payments, purchase ledger, wages, VAT and all other financial duties required to maintain the day-to-day smooth running of a busy independent letting agency in Bristol.

I also ensure that holidays, staff sickness and any related issues are covered, and I’m always busy in this challenging but rewarding full-time position.

I’ve worked in sister company City Property Lets as a book-keeper, and first joined the business as a tenant of City Rental Services in 1999!

On a personal basis, I’ve set up and run a guest house in the Himalayas, which I’ve been responsible for over the last eight years – this ties in with a blood transfusion clinic in the area which treats 120 children suffering from various types of incurable cancers in Kathmandu.

The children receive transfusion services every fortnight, which basically keeps them alive. You can find out more about the clinic here.

I also make and distribute themed jewellery from the Nepal region, and use money from selling these items to put more cash into the clinic, too: visit the Jillie Millie website here to find out more. Hopefully you’ll love the gorgeous jewellery as much as I do!

To find out more about our speedy and efficient service, get in touch today: simply call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.

New online application system saves our Bristol tenants and landlords time, money and hassle

It’s been an exciting start to 2015 here at City Rental Services, and we wanted to take a closer look at one of the main reasons for this – our amazing new online booking system.

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Devised and developed by our Accounts Manager Wendy Pinker – more to come next week on our rented property blog, when Wendy blogs about her average day at our Gloucester Road-based letting agency – the online booking and application system is saving huge amounts of time for our student tenants, professional tenants and Bristol landlords alike.

Our new online application system includes key functions such as booking, fee paying, guarantor processing, and tenancy applications in as little as eight days from start to finish – and all delivered online using electronic signatures.

We’ve developed an entirely new database system for our tenants, landlords and rented properties, to quickly and easily accommodate new tenants, new rented properties, and new landlords in Bristol using our letting-only services.

The new online system is fast and efficient, and instantly lists what’s required for our 700+ student and professional tenants across Bristol – furthermore, our tenants and landlords can use tablets, mobiles and PCs to update details.

For our letting-only landlords, we have the capability to send one email containing all completed documents, notification of all application forms from tenants, guarantor forms, standing order payment forms and payments made – all together, in one simple email, for the landlord to review and file.

To find out more about our speedy and efficient service, get in touch today: simply call into 58 Gloucester Road to see us.

 

Is there a housing crisis for rented properties in Bristol?

We spotted a good article recently from the Telegraph at City Rental Services, and thought it was worth mentioning on our rented property blog.

The article discusses the apparent housing crisis in England, and with 2015 being an election year, housing will undoubtedly be a hot topic.

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The question is simple – where is everyone going to live? According to the Telegraph article, nine million people rent property in the UK.

The British housing market is now seen by some as one of our country’s biggest issues, with many 30-somethings now delaying getting on the property market and buying homes, preferring to rent for longer instead.

More property is needed, but it’s also worth remembering that a considerable amount of property is sitting empty without tenants on a consistent basis.

We’re continually amazed here at our Gloucester Road-based offices at the ongoing demand for rented properties in BS7.

We provide letting-only services in what is possibly Bristol’s busiest growth area: BS7.

Whether this is due to young people wanting to be close to the city centre and motorway networks, great shopping facilities, or students looking to hop onto a bus to get to UWE or walk into the University of Bristol, it’s a fantastic part of town to be – and no sign of a housing crisis, with a good selection of rented properties available from our Bristol landlords.

We can’t resolve the apparent UK housing crisis, but we can help you with your rented property requirements 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.

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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!

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.

 

Low-cost property rental programme launched in UK

At City Rental Services we’ve seen the increasing demand for quality rented accommodation and rented property in Bristol – it’s always a hot topic, especially in BS7.

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We’ve seen details recently from Property Wire in this article about the launch of a low-cost rental property programme being launched across the UK.

The aim of the programme is to help increase the provision of low-cost rented accommodation across the country, to assist young people in making the step to home ownership down the line, according to the Government.

The initiative aims to increase the visibility and uptake of the Rent to Buy option for private tenants, as well as delivering more rented properties into the market in general.

This could be useful for rented property portfolio landlords in Bristol and new property investors in BS postcodes alike.

But will these buy-to-let properties across Bristol under the new programme possibly require higher deposits of up to 40% in the future?

We’ll be monitoring the new rented property initiative with interest, of course.

We’re always in need of more quality rented property in Bristol, so if you have a portfolio and are looking to maximise the return on your rented properties in various BS postcodes, get in touch with our experienced letting negotiators at our central Bristol office to discuss how we can help you further.

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

How effectively can you complete a rented property makeover in Bristol?

The team at sister company City Property Lets recently talked with us about a rented property makeover project in central Bristol, and this got us thinking about the subject in general.

Their project was at Brittania Buildings on Hotwells Road, on the waterfront in central Bristol:

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The project above was the makeover of an existing studio flat with mezzanine level bedroom area, the shower bathroom was refitted, a replacement flat roof and roof light were installed, the whole unit redecorated and completed to a high standard.

As you can see, it was a stunning job!

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When it comes to carrying out a rented property makeover, there are a few key things for rented property landlords in Bristol to take into account:

* As soon as you receive Notice on a rented property, make sure an appointment is made to inspect and take photographic records: you may already be planning a makeover as part of your ongoing programme of improvements.

* List what needs to be made good, repaired, or replaced. What contractors you will need. Timescales, who will do what, and when.

* How quickly can it be turned around?

* Consider the whole project from start to finish. Finishing is as important as starting! Items needed to finish the job can turn it into a high quality rented property, including loo roll holder, bathroom cabinet, decent curtains or blinds, light fittings. Good floor coverings such as sanded floors or wood laminate – it’s the attention to details that makes the difference. Also consider a fresh coat of paint to the front door and the number of the property clearly displayed.

Remember, a high quality rented property will let itself, so make sure it has a good clean, and some nice photos prior to re-marketing. It’s all about the presentation of the makeover.

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.

Private sector tenants happier in 2014 with rented properties

Here at City Rental Services one of our main concerns is to have happy tenants – and our team of expert negotiators work hard to make sure our tenants stay happy.

So, it was good to see an article online this week from an industry website, highlighting a growing number of private sector tenants are happy with their rented properties.

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The statistics, taken from the current English Housing Survey ‘Households Report’ highlights that 84% of private sector tenants are now satisfied with their house, according to data received. This is an increase on last year.

We know how much hard work, time and energy it takes to succeed with customer service as a leading independent lettings agency in Bristol.

Despite media myths, there are lots of good people in the sector. It’s a huge industry, with many people working hard to meet current demand. The property rental market in Bristol is, in particular, driven totally by supply and demand.

The current trend is towards renting property rather than mortgaging, and many of our rented property tenants in Bristol are happy to rent good quality homes from a great lettings agency for long period of time – often years.

If you’re looking for the best rental properties in BS7, call in to 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.