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  • Premier Icon reluctantjumper
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    That’s what I’ve been doing the last two days, a tour of every agency I could find. I’m plugging away on Right Move too as an extra but haven’t had anything come of any of my enquiries on there yet.

    Premier Icon thebunk
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    Have you tried Gumtree? All of the Bristol landlords I know (admittedly only one) used Gumtree to advertise.

    Premier Icon TheDTs
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    +1 What Redhunter said!

    Premier Icon revs1972
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    and another in Knowle which was good but right at the top of my budget.

    Blimey , things must have changed in the last 20 odd years since I moved from Bristol. That is a statement you would never have seen back then 😉

    Premier Icon Philby
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    and another in Knowle which was good but right at the top of my budget.

    Blimey , things must have changed in the last 20 odd years since I moved from Bristol. That is a statement you would never have seen back then 😉

    I think he is referring to Knowle which is just next to Totterdown and has some lovely properties rather than the large council estate, Knowle West.

    Premier Icon revs1972
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    I think he is referring to Knowle which is just next to Totterdown and has some lovely properties rather than the large council estate, Knowle West.

    Ah, sounds better. When I was growing up ‘artcliffe and Knowle West were places you tried to avoid. I don’t know what its like these days though.

    Premier Icon TheDTs
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    Revs, The same..

    Premier Icon reluctantjumper
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    Yes, Knowle not Knowle West!

    Las today today touring the letting agents, just about to go to the one redthunder mentions as it’s out of the way from the others. Would carry on for the rest of the week in person but this is the first week off I’ve had in over 13 months so I need to have some downtime, will just spend an hour phoning every day or two the agents that were positive when I chatted to them. Some have been very poor in making me feel like I’m asking the impossible for my budget and not really seeming to be interested in helping me which is slightly odd. Mind you almost every agency has firstly asked my annual income and quickly put my max affordability at £900 which isn’t leaving much room for finding anywhere! Being just me seems to be putting me at a massive disadvantage compared to couples who can afford more.

    Have you tried Gumtree? All of the Bristol landlords I know (admittedly only one) used Gumtree to advertise.

    Don’t really want to go down that route as I’ve heard too many stories of dodgy landlords who advertise on there and FB Marketplace to get around the TDS rules etc. Two of the lads at work have been burned going that way (one was evicted with 3 days notice, the other has twice now been screwed over with rent increases and witholding of ‘deposit’ when moving) so that’s the last option for me really.

    Premier Icon Philby
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    I can’t believe you haven’t been able to find anything for £900. I rent out a very nice 1 bed flat in Redland close to Whiteladies Road and Gloucester Road with off-street parking and I charge £975 per month in one of the prime areas for renting. The guy who owns the smaller top flat (also with parking) charges less than £900 per month. I’ve use Accommodation Unlimited on Chandos Road to find tenants, and the guy who owns the top flat uses CJ Hole I think. I would have thought you would be able to get something within your budget in places like St George, Staple Hill, or Kingswood.

    Premier Icon reluctantjumper
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    It’s more a supply issue than anything. There’s so little coming to market that each one gets 40+ applicants within hours so you have to be checking all the time to even get considered for a viewing slot. When you get that scenario landlords can ask top money and pick the best tenants as they see fit. Me being on a single income in a new job isn’t the most attractive proposition but that’s all moot as I’m really struggling to even get viewings let alone to the selection stage! Every other time I’ve been looking to move it’s been 2 days tops before I’ve signed on a new place with a selection to choose from and viewings available that day on empty properties. Now it’s going to be a waiting game and once I’m back at work next week it’s going to be very difficult to get in on the initial rush to get viewings. I’m hoping that one or two of the agents I’ve spoken to this week will help me get on the viewing lists for suitable places but the volume of renter’s looking for places is so high that I can’t rely on that.

    Premier Icon argee
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    Yeah, there’s not a lot up in the Yate/Sodbury area coming on the market, i get the feeling being on waiting lists is the only way of trying to jump the gun, but there’s loads on them already.

    You do have https://www.letsgolet.info/properties/ around here that does Yate area, Wotton is also a good place to check, this is on just now, probably not for long though https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/85700865#/?channel=RES_LET

    Premier Icon reluctantjumper
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    I saw that one earlier in the week, was fully booked out for viewings after a day in the market. Very unlikely it’ll become available.

    Premier Icon salad_dodger
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    Find an area you like and then sign up to their neighbourhood Facebook page. I live in Winterbourne and there’s accommodation being advertised every other week.

    Premier Icon eskay
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    I live in Keynsham and love it as a location. Easy access to the cycle path, train station to Bristol and Bath, a couple of mins by bike and you are in the countryside. A few pubs and restaurants within walking distance of most areas.

    Premier Icon reluctantjumper
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    Really liked the look of Keynsham when I went there on Tuesday to visit the letting agents there, it’s on the list for definite. A few people have told me it’s crap but I guess they mean it doesn’t have the city life stuff which I’m not bothered about, easy access to riding via the old railway is more of a priority for me.

    Premier Icon reluctantjumper
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    Well that’s my week off over and I’m no further to finding somewhere. Did think I’d got lucky on Friday when a place in Kenynsham became available as I was in the agents but they quickly contacted the landlord who wants them to put the rent up from £900 to £1k so that’s pushed it out of my budget,not just for why I want to spend but for what the agencies will classify as me being able to afford!
    Have got a viewing still booked in for this evening in Yate but even the agent has described it as ‘small’ so not holding out much hope.

    The big issue though is that my new boss is a bit concerned about whether I’ll be able to find somewhere soon, they’re making some special arrangements for me currently to accommodate my long commute and that’s not sustainable. If can’t find a place very soon then it may well be a case of having to give up the job, putting me back to square one. It’s something I really don’t want to have to do but the commuting isn’t sustainable, partly due to cost but mostly due to time. There only so long I can go on not knowing if I’ll get back home in time to get a decent meal cooked all week, having to rely on takeaways and snacks just isn’t good.

    Premier Icon argee
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    Hope it works out, Yates not too bad, but it does seem to be suffering from a rental shortage like most areas, prices are getting daft to say the least, hoping it slumps soon as it can’t keep going up like this!

    Premier Icon marksnook
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    Bit late to the party on this but I see a fair few for rent signs around dursley at the minute.
    It’s not as close as you may like, it takes me around 35 minutes to drive into Bristol around 6.30am. Normally 45 minutes home. I enjoy living there. Great riding on the doorstep, not much going on in the way of nightlife though!
    I’m from yate and moved to Dursley just because it was so much cheaper!

    Premier Icon csb
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    Have a look over the bridge in Chepstow, Caldicot, Newport if you are really struggling.

    Premier Icon TheDTs
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    In you situation, I think I would choose an area, set you sights on an agent that has lots of interest in the area. Go in with a box of biscuits, and give them you situation. Get to know them, they get to put a face to the name and it may well give you the edge over someone else. Worth a try?
    How about a shared house for a while? Take the pressure off. Try out an area?

    Premier Icon argee
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    Bit late to the party on this but I see a fair few for rent signs around dursley at the minute.
    It’s not as close as you may like, it takes me around 35 minutes to drive into Bristol around 6.30am. Normally 45 minutes home. I enjoy living there. Great riding on the doorstep, not much going on in the way of nightlife though!
    I’m from yate and moved to Dursley just because it was so much cheaper!

    Yeah, nice sainsbury as well 😁, you can drive to Yate and cycle from there, park near the bacon factory and he’d be on the cycle route all the way and loads of places to stick the car

    Premier Icon reluctantjumper
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    Dursley is so far out I’d be better off staying with my commute from Cardiff. Same for Chepstow, Caldicot etc as the drop in rent prices is minimal. Since the bridge toll went the demand has spread west into South Wales pushing up prices. Also I really don’t want to have to use the car for commuting if I can help it. It’s getting on in age and miles so if I was commuting in it for the foreseeable future it would have to be changed, something that will be very costly right now.

    In you situation, I think I would choose an area, set you sights on an agent that has lots of interest in the area. Go in with a box of biscuits, and give them you situation. Get to know them, they get to put a face to the name and it may well give you the edge over someone else. Worth a try?

    That’s pretty much what I did the whole of my week off last week. Hasn’t made any difference as there’s nothing they can do if there just aren’t any properties to offer. Would work in normal times but right now there are so many applicants for every property that becomes available they don’t have to much more than choose the people who can afford the rent (and any subsequent increases) with room to spare.

    Didn’t make the viewing this afternoon as I finished work too late to make it. Will try to rearrange it but I don’t want to mess the agent around with continuous missed appointments.

    Premier Icon boardmanfs18
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    This flat just popped up on my Facebook feed in the Keynsham bargains group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/208046809303758/permalink/5067795429995514/?sale_post_id=5067795429995514

    Premier Icon reluctantjumper
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    Have requested to join that group, can’t see the ad until then.

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