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In Disrepair: Bristol’s broken renting system

It’s no secret that renting in Bristol can be a nightmare, from spiralling costs to high demand, poor conditions, discrimination and insecurity.

This series will tell the stories of renters in Bristol, dig into how the pandemic has affected the crisis, and, crucially, what can be done about it. We will join the dots between local issues and the wider housing crisis in the UK, holding the council and central government to account on pledges for action.

We are now investigating rogue landlords and poor living conditions, so you can share you experience confidentially here.

Illustration: Sophia Checkley


Council to launch ‘overdue’ consultation on expanding landlord licensing

Bristol City Council wants to significantly expand landlord licensing in a bid to drive up standards for renters. But do the plans go far enough?

No fault evictions on the rise in Bristol amid calls for renting reforms to be strengthened

End to no-fault evictions in sight as reforms to the private rented sector finally arrive 

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

The Cable view: Bristol renters can’t wait any longer for reform

After reporting for years on the city’s broken rental market, the Cable supports those demanding that the long-awaited Renters Reform Bill becomes a reality – now.

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

Bristol renters descend on Westminster to demand greater rights and protections

A copy of the Bristol Cable on a yellow background with a front cover about rent controls. A blue silhouette holds a placard that reads "no rent increase".

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

Cable reporting inspires action on rogue landlord database

Bristol councillors set to back rent controls and local database of rogue landlords

Councillors will vote next week on a motion setting out a range of interventions in the increasingly unaffordable private rented sector, including a database to name and shame the worst landlords, as highlighted by the Cable in 2022.

‘It leaves you with a sense of dread’: Bristol’s broken rental market one of England’s worst for families on housing benefit

Over a whole month, just one two-bed property in the city was affordable to private renters claiming housing benefits, according to new research by the Bureau for Investigative Journalism.

Bristol landlords are cashing in on lucrative short-term lets

As properties are advertised at eye-watering prices, there have been calls for regulation of short-term and holiday lets in Bristol.

Is there such thing as an ethical landlord?

Simon Broadhead rents out 10 properties in Bristol, and claims to be an ethical landlord. But what does that mean and what’s on the horizon for reform of the private rented sector?

Bristol campaigners and politicians welcome ‘long overdue’ reforms for private renters

Scrapping no fault evictions, better standards and a potential landlord registration scheme could become law. But more needs to be done on the city’s renting crisis in the meantime. 

Revealed: The Disabled Bristolians waiting months and years to live in accessible homes

Housing adaptations for Disabled people should offer independence – but for many it's a prolonged bureaucratic nightmare.

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