6th Jun 2017 June Blog: From North to South

Alexander Conway guest writes this month’s blog. Alexander has recently joined Dauntons as a property consultant in both our Sales and Lettings divisions. He has moved to London from Cheshire where he worked as a negotiator for a leading agency and here he examines a few differences in his working experiences.

From North to South

Packed trains, grimacing commuters, getting no paper money back when handing over a tenner for a beer – my introduction to the capital!

I had just moved to London having lived and worked almost exclusively ‘up north’. I had come from a busy estate agency that operated near Manchester and the surrounding countryside including the ever-alluring ‘golden triangle’ in Cheshire – a veritable feast of footballers, WAGs, Z-List celebrities and everyone in-between. It was with mild trepidation that I arrived for my first day at work in the big smoke.

The sheer difference in geography was one of my first observations and coming from a patch spanning nearly 70 square miles, Pimlico’s modest proportions was a minor adjustment, although walking to every appointment was a novelty (one that I was reliably informed wore off remarkably quickly). The migraine-inducing introduction to complex leases and their respective oddities was quite astonishing too: share of freehold, peppercorn ground rents, assignable lease extensions – it’s an incredible amount of knowledge that our MNAEA Sales manager (and general Pimlico property veteran) Alex Jerram has at his fingertips.

Property prices induced another adjustment too. Having recently sold a nine bedroom, Grade II* listed Old Rectory in the countryside a stone’s throw from Manchester (for the handsome sum of £850,000), a two bedroom lower ground floor flat, at the same price, had me questioning my new colleague’s sanity.

Perhaps the biggest difference for me is how tirelessly one is required to work in order to vet and identify the best possible applicants for the client. Only recently I’ve had families of eight looking to rent three bedroom apartments, a married couple with three dogs and two cats interested in a studio flat, Airbnb ‘moguls’ trying to outsmart us to sublet rooms or even applicants looking to view available properties despite having six month notice periods to serve!

Once we have identified suitable applicants we take the utmost care to negotiate the best possible deal for our clients (Dauntons abide by the stringent RICS code of conduct) ensuring that their new tenants are thoroughly referenced and checked so that everyone involved, landlord and tenant alike, is completely satisfied. In the current market it’s more important than ever not to cut corners and move in unsuitable tenants and I was reassured my new colleagues had a right and proper attitude.

If you can’t find tenants for your property why not give us a call for some genuine, down-to-earth advice, we may even have that perfect applicant for your property waiting in the wings.

Call Nicola Owen – BSc(Hons) CPEA MARLA FNEA – Dauntons Lettings expert (020 7834 8000)

or Alex Jerram – MNAEA – Dauntons Sales expert (020 7834 8000)

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