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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

Image of terraced homes in Redfield, Bristol

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

‘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

Is there such thing as an ethical landlord?

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

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. 

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

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

In Disrepair: Bristol's broken renting system

How Bristol needs to tackle its renting crisis, according to the Greens

What next for Bristol’s renting crisis?

Politicians and campaigners gathered to discuss how we can transform renting in Bristol and push the government to pursue long-promised reform.

Would a database that names and shames rogue landlords help protect renters?

London renters can access a searchable database of enforcement actions against landlords. Could something similar help people navigate the minefield of finding somewhere to live in Bristol?

Bristol is exploring the idea of rent controls. But will they help fix a broken system?

Campaigners are demanding the city’s political leaders lobby the government for local power to introduce regulation in response to steep rent rises.

The Cable’s super helpful guide to renting…

Finding somewhere to rent in Bristol is tough, so we’ve put together a handy guide to help you navigate the various challenges.

MP urges council to stop housing families at Imperial Apartments, as documents reveal concerns over ‘incompetent’ security

Documents seen by the Cable confirm issues reported by residents at the controversial South Bristol apartment block.

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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