Professional service from start to finish. You’ll think again about trialling an online agent after using KFH Kennington. They negotiated brilliantly on my sale and purchase and made the experience as smooth as possible. Highly recommended
I honestly don't know where all these top reviews came from, so I'll share my story between me and KFH. They promised great and looked professional when showing me the flat (some wrong information provided during the progress, although I believe they're not intended to), but I faced very different situation after signing the contract with them. I couldn't get any useful information about council tax or utility bills after sending several emails for inquiring, I couldn't get the broken shower fixed after several emails with no reply, I couldn't get any solution when reporting severe formaldehyde odor in the bedroom beside "that's serious are you sure?", not to mention other inquiries that were ignored. Maybe the property manager is either too busy or thinks me as a tenant not worth paying attention to(they even got my name wrong on the contract and I needed to remind them several times to correct it). All these happened within the first 10 days after I moved into the flat, how can I be satisfied or being optimistic here?
Not very responsive, not recommended based on my personal experience.
I like Roy Brooks. Good team of people. They sold me my Peckham home, and then resold it for me 5 years later. They are independent and professional with a personal service. I recommended them to a friend and they've just sold her house too.
I rented a property in South East London through Roy Brooks with two friends in August 2014. We were initially happy with the service we received when finding the property but unfortunately the experience of being property managed by Roy Brooks ended up causing us extreme stress.
We had to refer all issues with the property to our contact at Roy Brooks who would then pass them on to our landlord (who owned 300 properties). Early on, we noticed a problem with the roof leaking and had water running down the walls of two bedrooms which then led to the rooms becoming very mouldy. Despite reporting it straight away, this wasn't repaired for months. There was a total breakdown of communication as the landlord would not be co-operative and Roy Brooks had no power to effect any change themselves. To us, it seemed completely unacceptable that they would offer a property management service and then repeatedly tell us there was nothing they could do about the situation.
We ended up living with a leaky roof and with mould affecting our health and damaging our property for ten weeks, all the while having to constantly write emails and phone Roy Brooks to try and get something done about the problems. We were often made to feel as if we were being unreasonable or a nuisance for wanting the issue to be solved. This also occurred when we asked for 24 hours notice before contractors or the landlord would come to the house. On several occasions, the landlord who I personally never met throughout the tenancy let himself into the house without our consent on less that 24 hours notice with Roy Brooks's approval.
Eventually we were told that the landlord had 'agreed to end our tenancy early', so we were effectively asked to leave for complaining too much about the house not being in a fit state. Roy Brooks offered to waive agency fees in finding us a new property but we decided not to use them again after our terrible experience.
If you are looking to rent with Roy Brooks (or any other agency) I'd strongly recommend checking out who your landlord is and if they are a business or own hundreds of properties I'd steer well clear - these landlords do not care one bit about the well being of the tenants.
*EDIT 13/04/2015: In response to the reply from Roy Brooks, you most certainly did manage the property that I'm referring to, I can supply evidence if necessary, and visits took place repeatedly at less that 24 hours notice. I can also provide evidence of my requesting 24 hours notice and the agency's reply that this is "not always possible".
Highly recommended. I bought my first flat through Winkworth ED and more recently sold it via them to fund a move to a bigger property. As a first-time-buyer they were really considered and helpful. Guided me through the process and were honest and straightforward throughout. They didn't spam my inbox or drag me round loads of unsuitable properties - simply took the time to really understand what I was looking for and found me the ideal flat without any hassle. When I sold up, they took all the effort out of the process. They worked seamlessly with the lawyers, explained all the details and kept me regularly updated. They're a highly professional team and I will be going straight to them if I ever move back to East Dulwich.
Good team. Provided strong support throughout the process. Ayesha Ahad and Amber Ballantine both good during the sales memo through exchange period.
Really lovely bunch. Communication was great. The agent (Clement) actually found another house to show us as well our original viewing. We ended up going with his surprised viewing.
Our sale was managed by Jamie Crowder at first and then Priyesh Barot, with no real explanation as to where Jamie went.
Priyesh and his colleagues repeatedly gave misinformation to our buyer, — told her we had no chain when we'd made it clear we were buying a flat (which was chain free — perhaps that was the confusion, but it's really not complicated!), then told her we were happy to leave it vacant before we'd completed our purchase (also not true). This cause us much stress as we were worried she might pull out, as we knew KFH would make it seem like our fault to her. Then — the final straw! — told her on completion day that we were out and gave her the keys before we had finished and locked up! She literally turned up WHILE WE WERE CLEANING. Hugely embarrassing, but luckily she was reasonable and had only turned up to drop a few things and then move in later.
KFH were more expensive than their service warranted. They did get our flat sold in the end, but after we'd already gone with another agent due to lack of activity from them. The sale only happened because of a previously interested party losing another purchase elsewhere and coming back to ours after we'd gone to another agent.
Considered giving 2 stars as they were friendly, but these are really basic things that needn't have happened, hence just 1 star — there is no need to mislead buyers just to tell them what they want to hear. It only creates stress and frustration when the truth then appears.
Finding a flat to rent in London can be hard work but the team at KFH made it an enjoyable and seamless process. I was impressed by the quality of the properties on offer but also by the incredibly personal service that I received.
Georgia Gowing is a phenomenal agent - she really listened to my requirements and showed me an ideal property straight away. She is knowledgeable and treats her clients as individuals. She has a warm, professional manner and is very efficient and responsive. All my questions and requests were addressed promptly and it was fantastic service throughout the whole process - even with a follow up email to see how I was settling in!
I was also impressed by the other KFH team members that I encountered in the office, on the telephone or via email. I was always greeted by name and they also were always helpful, polite and approachable.
I have been raving to my friends, family and colleagues about the great service and experience I had with KFH. I have signed a long lease but when it comes to my next move or home purchase, I will be talking to KFH first!
Huge thanks again Georgia and your excellent team!
KFH's strength was the speed at which they understood exactly what we were looking for and then how hard they worked to find it for us. We love our new home!