Excellent service by Wallace Jaffray who kept me updated at all times and thanks to Elaine Edwards for the lift back when I collected my keys.
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".
It's quite simple; Jamie found us our dream home in Peckham Rye. He got us in there before the crowds, put forward our offer; it was accepted that afternoon. This is an estate agent who listens to what you're genuinely looking for and isn't trying to sell you the opposite!
Rob then saw us through the process and it was as glitch-free as a purchase could be.
A great team. Thanks All!
Good team. Provided strong support throughout the process. Ayesha Ahad and Amber Ballantine both good during the sales memo through exchange period.
This year, my girlfriend and I bought a property in Peckham through KFH. We were first-time buyers and did not know the first thing about buying property. KFH were friendly and extremely helpful, both from their estate agency help (from Michael) and also from their mortgage advisor (Trevor).
They were both able to speak to us without the use of too much jargon and explained the whole process of buying a property from start to finish. Michael always had time to answer our questions about the property (no matter how trivial) and was always available to allow repeat viewings.
If we buy another property in London, KFH will be our first port of call.
Really great customer service, very attentive and a lot of enthusiasm shown! Great collection of properties also!
As I didn't get past the hunting stage, due to personal reasons, I am leaving a positive-neutral response.
But KF&H will definitely be my first port of call should I be house-hunting in London again.
Absolute sharks. Overpriced, and you are given the impression that 1) they are a company that do not understand how to do their jobs, and 2) that even if they did, they still wouldn't because they care so little about the tenants that they house. Incompetent at even the most basic tasks - they repeatedly used the excuse that they emailed the old tenants when failing to inform us of various work they did to the house. If you choose to rent from them, you will have to ask various members of staff for a task to be carried out, you will be told that your property has a different manager on a regular basis, and to top it all off, they will have the temerity to charge you for things that were either broken when you moved in (and subsequently reported to them), or were installed under their supervision to such a low standard in the first place that they were broken from the start. I was charged for a broken bed which was broken when I moved in - quite aside from having to sleep on it the entire year, I was livid when they said that I was responsible for this. They installed a new front lock midway through our tenancy, only to tell us that we had broken it (it was defective when they installed it - maybe they should think about not taking the cheapest option every time?) In short, shocking service. Bad customer interaction, terrible property management, over-inflated prices, and the best thing of all? They told us to get a cat in response to our chronic mice problem, despite their tenancy agreement explicitly stating that we were not allowed pets. The hilarity of it all.