Digs Residential Lettings manage and let student properties in Bristol since we opened our doors many moons ago! Our student properties range from studio apartments through to large 10 bedroom houses - allowing you to share with friends or live in peace on your own.
All of our properties meet current regulations and many are licensed HMO’s (Houses in Multiple Occupation) and registered with Bristol City Council. We offer the same high levels of service and charging structure to students as we do our professional properties.
Our student properties often let very quickly so it is really important to register your interest and book a viewing as soon as you see something that may meet your criteria.
Call our Student Lettings team NOW on 0117 930 8750.
If you did not find something suitable at digs, please have a look at the Abode Property Management website.
Viewings of any of our properties to let in Bristol are by appointment only and must be arranged through our office, we have to give existing tenants at least 24 hours notice to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum. The majority of our viewings during busy periods are carried out as block viewings and are always arranged to meet at the property unless otherwise stated.
Once you have chosen your property you will be required to pay a Deposit of one months’ rent. This will include 1 weeks rent as a holding deposit which will revert to being a security deposit after the reservation is complete and tenancy agreement signed. This deposit will be registered and protected within the ‘MyDeposits’ government recognised scheme. For further information about our Tenant Fees please visit www.bristoldigs.co.uk
Once you have paid the Deposit and signed the tenancy agreement, the property will be secured and taken off the market. Please note that properties are secured on a first-come, first served basis. As the Landlords Agent we reserve the right to not let a property to an individual should we decide it is in the best interest of the Landlord.
A parental guarantee is required for all student tenants which guarantees rent payment for the duration of your tenancy. Guarantee applications will be sent to your guarantor using the email address you provide. We must receive a signed guarantor agreement from your parents within 15 days of reservation or such longer period as might be agreed. You will not be allowed to move into the property until all forms are returned and signed. Professional tenants are referenced and sometimes need a guarantee.
Rent is generally exclusive of other outgoings such as water, sewage, electricity (excl. common supplies), gas & telephone unless stated otherwise. Each property has separate supplies for all services. When you move into the property, we will take a meter reading and provide this to you on request. When you vacate the property a meter reading will be taken again. We ask that you do not arrange for any services to be disconnected.
Full-time students are currently exempt from council tax; however, any professional tenants that are living in a student house/flat will be responsible for making their own council tax payments. Please note that if any professional tenants live with students tenants they would be responsible for paying council tax for the whole property not just their share of it.
We will try to ensure that all properties are handed over in a clean/tidy condition at the start of tenancy, however please be aware that in most cases of student properties previous tenants may only have vacated on 30th June and therefore tenants wishing to move in on or around the 1st July may have cleaning and maintenance being carried out around them.
For those of you with bikes, we offer covered storage in some of our properties. Parking permits (although in limited supply) are available from Bristol City Council in certain areas.
This will either be via Bristol City Council or in some instances, there is a private collection which is charged in addition to rent. We will inform you of the bin collection days. Please make sure that all rubbish is put into black bags, secured tightly and only put outside the flat the night before collection day. There are some exceptions to our rubbish collection service where our vehicle cannot gain access due to the road being too narrow, in these cases the normal council collection service would apply.
If we manage your property, we have a maintenance team that is on hand daily to deal with any problems that may arise during the course of your tenancy. All maintenance problems must be reported to the office where a member of our maintenance team will be instructed to attend. We also offer a 24hrs maintenance service, this is for emergencies only.
The Tenant is liable to the actual cost of replacing any lost key(s) or other security devices. If the loss results in locks needing to be changed, the actual costs of a locksmith, new lock and replacement keys for the tenant, landlord and any other persons requiring keys will be charged to the tenant. If extra costs are incurred there will be a charge of £15.00 per hour (inc. VAT) for the time taken replacing lost key(s) or other security device(s).
Losing your key is not classed as an emergency. If you lose your key please call the office.
A minimum of Quarterly inspections are carried out on all our properties to ensure that you are happy, general maintenance standards are maintained and the property is being looked after by the tenants.
If the property requires maintenance work to be carried out on it that has been caused by the tenants and it is the tenant’s fault, this will be invoiced to the tenants(s) and required to pay within 10 days. If the invoice has not been paid within 10 working days the amount will be deducted from your deposit when you vacate the property.
It is very important that the flats are handed back to us at the end of the tenancy in a clean and undamaged state. A cleaning guideline sheet will be sent out to all tenants to make sure that we are all clear on what needs to be cleaned and to what standard. If the property has been left clean and maintenance free your deposit will be returned to you quickly and without deductions. If, however, you do not leave the flats in the condition that they were at the start of the tenancy (after cleaning) local cleaning companies normally charge £15.00 - £20.00 per hour plus VAT for cleaning services and £25.00 per hour plus VAT for decorating. Carpet cleaning and other damage will be assessed and charged accordingly.