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Looking for student accommodation in Bristol in 2017?

Firstly, the management team at City Rental Services would like to wish our landlords and tenants a very Happy New Year.

And, with the student lets for 2017 have already taken off in a whirlwind of enquiries, viewings and applications.

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With many properties already let and more in the process of being let to those looking for student accommodation in Bristol, the City Rental Services team are as busy as ever running around BS7 carrying out numerous viewings.

In the office this week, for example, the phones are ringing red hot, with over 70 more student houses to let being uploaded to RightMove.

During this early stage of student lets for 2017, there are many properties for prospective tenants to choose from, and it’s already noticeable that the more up together and well-presented properties are letting first.

And for property landlords in Bristol, it’s a good time to consider a few minor improvements to make your property more attractive, such as painting front doors, tidy the gardens, and cleaning the windows.

This year, CRS has made some improvements to its systems and sees the launch of a new bespoke property letting database that’s able to deal quickly and efficiently with all applications from start to finish online.

City Rental Services groups have been instructed to make ONE whole DEPOSIT payment per group this year, in an attempt to eliminate multiple single payments being received over a long period of time from student tenants in Bristol.

This is a new concept that we hope will make our landlords’ accounting easier and clearer.

All deposits should be registered within 30 days of receipt and a copy of the certificate sent on to admin@citypropertylets.co.uk for our records.

City Rental Services will issue a copy of the certificate to all groups as a standard part of the application process.

Coming soon will also be a New Tariff of Services for letting only landlords, which we’ll discuss in further on a blog post.

City Rental Services are proud to be offering a new comprehensive “Tariff of Services” this year in an attempt to assist our letting only landlords in the run-up to, and changeover period, of student houses.

Services will vary from simple key holding to complete handling of the changeover period – watch this space for further details in coming weeks.

Please feel free to drop in, email or call us with any enquires.

If you’re looking for advice on managing student accommodation in Bristol, please call into 58 Gloucester Road (hyperlink with http://www.city-rental-services.co.uk/find-us) to see us – as an independent letting agency in Bristol, we’re here to help.

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.

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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.

Our Gloucester Road lettings agency welcomes students back to Bristol

It’s that time of the year where the team at City Rental Services welcomes back our student tenants.

Term-time has started at both UWE and Bristol University, and we’ve come across a few useful resources for students in the city to make use of.

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According to Bishopston Voice magazine, around 14,000 free bin labels will be supplied to student residents in Bristol – on which their house number is written – in a bid to prevent confusion over who is responsible for individual bins.

Another great resource for new students in Bristol is the website www.lovewhereyoulivebristol.co.uk, packed with information on tenant and landlord responsibilities, the waste calendar for Bristol refuse, student union calendar of events, top tips on being a good neighbour, as well as community contacts. It’s a great resource in one simple online place for student tenants.

New students in Bristol setting up a home for the first time can also find great deals on furnishings, fittings and fixtures at local stores such as:

Bishopston Hardware

Bristol Ikea

Bristol B&Q

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

Things to do when moving into student accommodation in Bristol

After a hectic start to July at City Rental Services, when we moved 600 students into new rented accommodation in Bristol within 48 hours, it’s time to consider next steps for our student tenants in various BS postcodes.

And with the heady rush of moving into new student homes in Bristol now completed, and more than 100 student properties changing hands from our busy offices at 58 Gloucester Road, new student tenants need to get their checklists organised and start reviewing their new homes.

Free checklist for students moving into new rented accommodation in Bristol

Some of the top priorities when moving into new student accommodation include:

* Check your property inventory when you get it to make sure it’s correct

* Read all utility meters – especially gas and electric – and take photos of all meters on a smartphone to keep as reference

* Find out if your water meter is on quarterly or half-yearly billing

* Email Bristol City Council Tax department with your Student Number for your new property

* Ensure that you have the full allocation of rubbish bins for the property

* Confirm your landlord’s telephone number and email address

* Find out who the current utility suppliers are and who in the house will deal with any issues: establish a chain of command for resolving problems

* Let your landlord know if the property will be empty over the Summer

* Remember that living in a shared student house means working together

If you’re unsure about what to do as a student tenant in Bristol, feel free to come in and see us with your queries or concerns. We’re happy to help.

If you’d like to find out more about our central Bristol letting agency pop into see our expert lettings negotiators on Gloucester Road for an informal chat today.

Reflecting on moving 600 students into new rented accommodation in Bristol in 48 hours

When we get near the end of July it’s time to slow down a little and reflect on the last six months of preparation for the student changeover – and how we got through the two busiest days of the year at our central Bristol lettings agency, namely the 30th June and the 1st July.

Over these two days, some 600 students vacated the properties they had chosen by calling into our offices at 58 Gloucester Road.

A lot of preparation had been undertaken, cleaning, gardening, rubbish, removal boxes were packed, charity shops visited, and many trips to the tip were made.

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On the 1st July, our Bristol landlords were ready and waiting for the new students who were eager to move into their new student rented accommodations in various BS postcodes across the city.

We came across some interesting comments, including from a cleaner who went to clean a student house including the kitchen, and noted in his report:

“I can’t clean the cooker” he wrote. We feared the next line, but it was “it is immaculate”.

Thanks to that group of students from an 8-bed house, who understood well what it means to move out properly: deposits got refunded quickly to that group. We really wish them the very best for their future careers.

A student landlord with another large student property in Bristol popped in to the office to say a big thank you to us for selecting such a nice group for his house.

He understands what it takes to be a good student landlord, he prepares the house well, and also provides cleaners – thanks Mr S!

Another landlord called in to say ”I understand the deal now: the students pay a lot of money and I have to put back in to my houses” – so he now pays for some of the cleaning himself during student tenant handover.

Some landlords may not understand the deal, and some student tenants don’t understand the deal either – both of these situations can lead to minor rental deposit refund disagreements. We try and get them all resolved if we are asked to help.

To our student tenants and student landlords in Bristol, we wish you all a successful year’s tenancy, and thank you for visiting us at 58 Gloucester Road.

If you’d like to find out more about our central Bristol letting agency pop into see our expert lettings negotiators for an informal chat today.

Moving into your new Student Home in Bristol

This week at City Rental Services we’re focusing on how to successfully move into a student home in Bristol with the minimum amount of stress and hassle.

The majority of students move into Bristol student accommodation on 1st July each year, it’s important to get it right when making this move into your new student house or flat.

Over the final weekend of June, we deal with more than 700 students moving house, so we’re used to the complex process of moving students into the various BS postcodes that we cover – including BS7, BS8 and BS6.

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Our top tips to remember when moving into your new student home in Bristol are as follows:

* On 01st July – collect keys
* Go and look over the new accommodation.
* Are there any emergencies or issues from the first inspection
* Any problems should be prioritized and listed
* Letting agencies will be very very busy – but will always prioritise keys, a bed and a clean property for student tenants: but really emergencies only for the first few days
* Check for any build-up of rubbish left behind that might need prompt attention
* Read all utility meters and take photos of all readings while moving in
* Establish who in your student digs is doing what, making calls to utilities, electricity and gas providers with readings, broadband providers, contacting the letting agency, and generally co-ordinating the move
* Contents insurance for each student tenant is vital and very important to arrange before you move
* Don’t leave valuables in the student property if you are not all moving in straight away
* Expect support from letting agencies, but be patient during the peak times
* Check your inventory when you get it

Consider it a handy reference tool and checklist when moving into your new student accommodation in July. We want your move to go smoothly.

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

Why you should Spring clean your rented property in Bristol

It’s that time of year when everybody at City Rental Services starts thinking about warmer, sunnier days with the advent of Spring. And, yes, the time for Spring cleaning is with us.

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It’s important to spring clean your rented property in Bristol, too, for a number of reasons. Consistent care of a rented property helps in the long-term to provide happy landlords and happy tenants. Everybody wins!

This time of year, when the clocks have gone back, Easter holidays are done and dusted, kids are on holiday and the weather is (hopefully) getting better means the perfect time for tenants and landlords in Bristol to do basic spring cleaning tasks such as cleaning windows, cleaning carpets and giving rented properties a general spruce up for the season.

For general hardware items, we highly recommend Bishopston Hardware, whilst if you’re after a beautiful Spring bouquet, try The Flower Shop on Gloucester Road. Anna is amazing!

It’s worth remembering that you pay good money for your rented property, so why not also take time and care to make sure it’s looking the best it can.

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

Less location, location, location – more price, quality THEN location

In recent weeks at City Rental Services, we’ve noticed that whilst location is always a priority factor for tenants in Bristol looking for the right rented accommodation, other factors are also becoming more important in their property searches.

During a frenetic two weeks in February our Gloucester Road-based letting agency office let more than 40 houses! We’ve seen an increased savvyness amongst our student applicants, who increasingly look for a combination of price, quality AND location.

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Whether the location is BS6, BS7 or BS8 – in fact, whatever the Bristol postcode is – more people are now renting properties in Bristol than ever before.

And whilst perfection doesn’t exist in any rental search, the Bristol rental sector is a maturing market. Professional and student tenants in Bristol want a good deal for the money – they’ve rented properties before, and they know what they want. They definitely know what they don’t want, too.

It’s really important for landlords in Bristol to make sure their rented properties can stand up to the scrutiny of these savvy potential tenants – the easiest test is to simply ask the question ”Would you live there?”

The quality of internal property photos being used to market the property online is a very important factor often forgotten by time-pressed landlords.

We have found this year that areas very close to the city centre such as Stokes Croft and Montpelier are increasingly popular. Student tenants seek good value for money, decent quality student rented accommodation, the proximity to town helps when returning home after a night out, taxi fares are cheaper and it’s close for work or shopping at Cabot Circus.

Of course, a PieMinster treat on the way home is also good, or a trip to Boston Tea Party.

Landlords, visit your properties and check for damp, mould, rubbish build-ups and get the rented property condition up to scratch for new tenant viewings. Or maybe its time to go shopping down the Gloucester Road for a new rented property.

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