Bristol SU Lettings is one of the first organisations to have been accredited under a new voluntary scheme that aims to protect tenants.
The West of England Rental Standard sets out a benchmark that landlords and letting agents in the private rented sector should reach.
In January, George Ferguson Mayor of Bristol invited organisations approving landlords and agents to apply to be accredited under the new standard.
The standard will help tenants rent with confidence, knowing that their landlord or agent is approved and will meet realistic standards. In particular, Bristol students can be guaranteed quality accommodation when renting through Bristol SU lettings.
George Ferguson said:
“The West of England Rental Standard is designed to set realistic standards that landlords and agents should comply with.
“It is great to welcome these significant organisations on board, and I am hopeful that many more will now follow their good example in the next round of accreditation.
“It is vitally important that landlords and agents set a good example and give tenants a fair deal, no one should be forced to live in inadequate accommodation or to be subjected to unreasonable conditions.
“We must look out for the most vulnerable people in the city. Ensuring they have a safe, comfortable place to call home is a key part of this process.
“Our ambition is that landlords’ agents and tenants get to know about the scheme so we can improve accommodation across the region.”
Victoria Thomas, Lettings Manager at Bristol SU Lettings, said:
"Bristol Student Union Lettings are delighted to be collaborating with the council on this exciting scheme.
“Since our agency opened in 2013 we have made some meaningful strides in the improvement of private sector housing across the city for our students and the wider community. We understand the importance of good quality rental accommodation for students and that renting is now a long term option for many Bristol residents.
“We see the West of England Rental Standard as a hugely positive step in demonstrating that responsible letting agents and landlords are invested in improving the quality of private rented homes in Bristol.”