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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

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

Council commits to crackdown on benefit discrimination against renters

Following a renter-led campaign by Shelter, councillors from across parties voted to support the Labour motion pledging to tackle landlords excluding renters who claim benefits.

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In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

‘Marginalised people are worse affected by the housing crisis’: the Bristol renters facing discrimination and bias

Bristol City Council have pledged to stamp out discrimination in the private rental sector. But it’s not always clear cut.

How my experiences of renting in Bristol pushed me to campaign for a fairer system

‘I pay more in rent than I ever did on a mortgage’: renting in your 40s, 50s and 60s

Renting isn't just for young people. Older renters in Bristol thrown ‘curveballs’ by life are being left financially insecure by the rental market.

‘Absolutely hopeless’: Bristol’s young renters on the crazy demand for rooms in the city

Places are snapped up in minutes, landlords are inundated with requests for viewings, and renters are even being forced into bidding wars over properties.

Families on the frontline of Bristol’s rental crisis

Renting privately when you have dependents adds another layer of complexity to a broken system.

Why we’re dedicating time to investigate the renting crisis in Bristol

We’ve been collecting the experiences of readers to investigate how Bristol’s rental market has gotten even tougher since the pandemic.

A year after opening, some residents fear for their safety at controversial south Bristol flats

Imperial Apartments, a converted Hengrove office block where many flats do not meet space standards, was opened in 2020 to private renters and people facing homelessness. There are serious concerns about conditions there – but with Bristol’s bleak rental market cutting off housing options, some s...

Tell us your experiences of struggling to rent in Bristol

After publishing an investigation into evictions since the government ban introduced during the pandemic was lifted, we want to hear about the experiences of people in Bristol struggling to find somewhere to rent.

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