Rental properties sought for low-income families

February 23 2018

The private renting team at Bristol City Council are keen to reach out to landlords and tenants in Redland, Cotham and Bishopstonton help with the increasing numbers of families in Bristol faced with homelessness.

The private renting team at Bristol City Council are keen to reach out to landlords and tenants in Redland, Cotham and Bishopstonton help with the increasing numbers of families in Bristol faced with homelessness. 

Lettings Negotiation Team Leader, Kathryn Hunter, said: “We are there to procure properties to assist people who may otherwise struggle to find accommodation due to being on low incomes and housing benefits.   

“We look at moving people on from supported housing when they no longer need the support and are able to run their own tenancy which then frees up a space for someone else in need. We also assist families who have been issued notice through no fault of their own, normally because a landlord is selling the property and maybe they are struggling due to being in receipt of housing benefit many landlords will not consider them as tenants.  

“We offer a bond scheme covering up to two months of deposit and will provide a tenancy agreement, inventory and assistance throughout the tenancy, all for free!”

 A landlord who rents out a property through this scheme said: “I became aware of the team about a year ago and contacted Tony who was extremely helpful guiding me through the process. I hadn’t given much thought to the possibility of working with Bristol City Council because I had assumed it would mean a lot of 'paperwork' or endless red tape.  

 “The service is extremely prompt. We contacted Tony after a few weeks to review the premises and take an inventory. At this stage we were lucky and a prospective tenant came with him, liked the premises and the process for moving in began. 

“We’ve done this process twice now. The hardest part is having to choose who you rent to if more than one person is interested. 

“If we have had any queries we’ve not been 'fobbed off' by anyone. They have either dealt with the issue directly or directed us to the correct department.”

To find out more contact 0117 352 6888 or email private.renting@bristol.gov.uk