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How to Find the Best Tenants for your Bristol Property

Jul 21st 2023

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Owning a rental property in Bristol offers numerous opportunities for landlords, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges.

One of the key aspects that can make or break your experience as a landlord is finding the right tenants for your property. In this blog post, we’ll explore strategies to help you find the best tenants, ensuring a smooth and profitable tenancy.

The Opportunities and Challenges of Letting a Property in Bristol

Bristol is a vibrant city with a high demand for rental properties, making it an attractive market for landlords.


The diverse range of tenants seeking accommodation opens up opportunities for a variety of property types. This includes homes catering to students, young professionals, families, and more. Whether you have a spacious family home or a trendy city apartment, Bristol’s rental market offers a chance to find tenants who will appreciate and care for your property.


Read our blog on “How Much can I Rent my House for in Bristol?”


More than in many locations, you can really prepare your property to be perfect for a specific kind of tenant – such as pet owners, graduate house sharers, or single professionals – with confidence that you’re likely to find exactly the right fit.


However, with a competitive rental market, it’s crucial to find reliable tenants who will take care of your property and pay rent on time. While the city provides great opportunities, it’s important to be aware of the challenges that come with it. The high demand can lead to a larger pool of applicants. This makes the tenant selection process even more critical to ensure that you find the most suitable tenant for your property.

What Makes a Good Tenant?

A good tenant is someone who is responsible, respectful, and financially stable. They treat the rental property as their own, maintain it well, and promptly report any issues.

By having tenants who understand and respect the landlord-tenant relationship, you can ensure a harmonious renting experience. Good communication skills and the ability to follow the terms outlined in the tenancy agreement are also essential qualities to look for.


When screening potential tenants, consider factors such as their employment stability, credit history, references from previous landlords, and overall reliability. Employment stability helps ensure that the tenant has a steady income to pay the rent consistently.


Assessing their credit history can provide insight into their financial responsibility. You can also get a sense of whether they have a history of making payments on time. References from previous landlords offer valuable information about their rental history, reliability, and conduct as tenants.


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Options for Finding a Tenant

Finding the perfect tenant for your Bristol property involves exploring various avenues. Here are some effective methods to consider:


  1. Online Rental Platforms


Currently, the most popular method to find the best tenants is using popular rental listing websites such as Rightmove, Zoopla, or SpareRoom, which cater to the Bristol area.


These platforms attract a large audience of prospective tenants, allowing you to reach a broader pool of potential renters. Be sure to create an appealing listing with high-quality photos and detailed descriptions to attract the right tenants. Video tours of your property can be even more effective, and reduce the number of time-wasters applying for viewings.


  1. Local Advertising


Consider placing ads in local newspapers, community notice boards, and online forums specific to Bristol.


Advertising in local publications like the Bristol Post or community magazines can increase your property’s visibility and attract potential tenants who prefer local sources when searching for accommodation.


This can be particularly effective if you’re hoping for slightly older tenants, or tenants who are already very local to the area and have connections within the community.


  1. Word-of-Mouth


Tap into your social network and spread the word among friends, colleagues, and existing tenants.


Personal recommendations often lead to reliable and trustworthy tenants. Encourage your current tenants to refer friends or acquaintances who may be looking for a rental property in Bristol.


You could even offer incentives for successful referrals to motivate your tenants to recommend your property to their contacts.

What Checks are Recommended for New Tenants?

To ensure peace of mind and protect your investment, it’s essential to conduct thorough checks on prospective tenants. Here are some recommended checks to consider:

  • Credit and Background Checks:

Assess the financial stability of potential tenants by reviewing their credit reports and conducting background checks. This helps identify any potential red flags that could impact their ability to pay rent consistently.

Various online services such as Experian or Equifax can provide credit checks and reports on tenants, giving you a clearer understanding of their financial history.

  • Employment and Income Verification

Request proof of employment and income to verify the tenant’s ability to afford the monthly rent. Ideally, the tenant’s income should be at least two to three times the monthly rent.

Ask for recent payslips, employment contracts, or bank statements as supporting evidence. This verification step helps ensure that the tenant has a stable income source and can meet their financial obligations.

  • Reference Checks

Reach out to previous landlords and personal references provided by the prospective tenant to gain insights into their rental history, reliability, and character.

Speaking with previous landlords can help you assess their payment history, maintenance habits, and overall conduct as a tenant. Personal references can provide additional information about the tenant’s character and their ability to maintain positive relationships.

Using an Agency

Working with a reputable letting agency can significantly streamline the process of finding and vetting tenants.

Letting agencies have extensive experience in the rental market, access to a large pool of potential tenants, and the resources to conduct thorough background checks. They can handle tenant sourcing, property viewings, lease agreements, and even rent collection, providing peace of mind and saving you valuable time. They are also likely to have experience of slightly more complex letting arrangements, such as HMOs, which have different legal requirements.

Additionally, letting agencies can assist with preparing a comprehensive tenancy agreement that outlines the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and tenant. They can also manage the tenancy deposit in a government-approved deposit protection scheme. This ensures it’s handled correctly and legally.

Collaborating with an agency can be particularly beneficial if you own multiple properties or if you prefer to have professionals handle the tenant selection and management process.


Finding the best tenants for your Bristol property is a crucial step towards a successful and profitable tenancy.

Remember, taking the time to find reliable tenants will not only protect your investment but also foster a positive landlord-tenant relationship for the long term.

If you would like professional help in finding tenants in Bristol, why not contact Let’s Rent? We’re Bristol’s favourite letting agent, with many years of experience in managing properties and finding tenants who are the perfect fit. 

Take a look at our testimonials page to read real stories from our current clients, or contact us today to begin finding your next tenant.

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