Finding privately rented accommodation
With such a wide variety of private rented accommodation on offer in Bristol, knowing where to start can be difficult. Read our six-steps to finding your property and you'll be ready to tackle the rentals market head-on.
1. Work out your budget
Fees, deposits, bills - costs vary depending on the property you rent and who you rent from. Read our summary of the costs involved to work out exactly what you can afford. You should do this before you look at any properties.
2. Decide who you want to live with
If you have a group of friends who you are planning to live with when you move into private-rented accommodation, there are a few important questions you need to ask yourself - and each other - first.
3. Decide where you want to live
The many different areas of Bristol each have their own character and community, and deciding where you want to live, or perhaps more importantly, where you don't want to live, is essential in narrowing down your property search.
4. Find properties to view
There are seemingly endless places offering properties to rent that can seem overwhelming when you first start looking for a property. We can point you in the right direction in finding reliable lettings, and offer tips on avoiding scams.
5. Choose the right place
Once you start viewing properties it can be easy to lose sight of what you originally wanted from your new home. Read our information on the important things to look for and questions that you should ask the landlord or agent.
6. Sign on the dotted line
Found the place for you? Make sure you read our information on contracts and agreements first, as your tenancy agreement is a legally binding document. It is important to spend time reading and understanding it before you sign.
Housing Advice Fair
Every year we run a Housing Advice Fair to equip you with all the knowledge you need for successful house-hunting. The 2017 fair has already taken place but you can still download the presentation (PDF) - which should be read in conjunction with the other resources available on these pages.
Download our handy factsheets for top tips on renting in the private sector.