Due to an upcoming job placement in the UK, we urgently required a rental property, the property was let to us in under 2 weeks. A true testament to the staff that work there.
I consider their assistance beyond the normal responsibilities of a letting agent. I highly recommend and am highly thankful to have used this agent.!!!
28th Jul 2020 (1 year ago)
As someone who has been looking for a place to let, I have not had a good experience with Northwood.
Northwood advertises a lot of their properties to let many weeks in advance of them being available to view (because the current tennant is still living there for many weeks after initially advertised), I assume this is because they provide landlords guaranteed rent even if their property is vacant so they are motivated to advertise early and get new potential tenants lined up. This unfortunately has led to me experiencing terrible service as someone who has been trying to find a place to rent in a somewhat desperate situation.
I initially contacted Northwood wanting to view two properties, one was available and the other I was added to a waiting list. I was told I would receive a confirmation email however it never came, I also in later dealings with Northwood had them check my contact details many times, however I never received any communication from them.
On viewing the first property I had some concerns about an unusual heating system, the agent who let me into the property to view said she would email me additional details about estimated running costs the next day, and because I hadn't received the earlier confirmation email I gave my email address again. I didn't get that email nor was any additional communication by email or phone made to me. I later saw the property had been taken off the market so I assumed someone had taken it so there wasn't any value to sending me those details. Fair enough, however I thought it would have been nice if Northwood had confirmed that with me directly instead of being silent and leaving me to figure out that myself.
I was very interested in the other property and waited for a call back to arrange a viewing. After not hearing anything for a good while, I gave them another call to see if it was available to view and I was told it was still not available to see but it would be expected to be available within a couple days, I was told to wait for a call to arrange a viewing and I once again confirmed that my correct contact details had been taken, but I never heard anything about that property again.
With two properties gone, I once again called to ask about two newly advertised properties. To no surprise they both were unavailable for viewing for a few weeks and so I was added to a waiting list, and once again I made sure that my contact details were taken correctly. I never heard anything again about these additional two properties I had asked to see.
Altogether my experience with Northwood has been very poor and stressful. The lack of communication from them really impacted my self confidence as an individual with learning disabilities. I can't help but feel like I had been added to some kind of blacklist after perhaps making a bad first impression when I viewed that first and only property. I appreciate there's a good chance this has all been coincidental, however I strongly feel like my ill feelings could have been mitigated had Northwood made some effort to actually communicate with me to keep me informed.
I thankfully was able to find a place with another agent, someone who was very clear in their communications to me. After my experience with Northwood I felt that I was going to struggle to actually find a place to live by the time I needed to, but I was incredibly surprised that this other agent actually called me back the same day and said they would be able to let me view the property that same day once they closed their office. Some agents are much better than others it seems.
Should I need to find another place to rent in the future, I'm certain I will be filtering out any adverts from Northwood.
5th Oct 2021 (9 weeks ago)