11/10, Klaudia helped me find a beautiful place at great price.
**THE MOST DISGRACEFUL** real estate agency that one can ever experience in spite of very high agency fee (almost half a grand).
Before Foxtons, I never had to live a life where I had to move into a flat with no hot water, a washing machine covered in round of mould, and a ripped mattress with bugs around.
I have requested to remove this soiled mattress after getting my own mattress on the day of move in and it took them ten days to finally come up with a solution: to liaise with the Council on my own (with no estimated time frame and the wrong council contact at first) as this is the most 'economical' option for this 'furnished' property that they hold no liability for such removal. What a self contradictory statement.
This clearly leaves me with two options: either 1) to pay high fees for immediate removal service hire or 2) to wait for weeks for the Council to collect it. Nothing but incompetent property management service - Thank you for a huge life lesson that high price tag doesn't mean quality, though.
This agency, and the landlords they protect and represent, are extremely unethical. I was shown a different flat than the one that was available because the agency could not obtain keys. Being an expat, I did not know the risks related to this. Upon moving into the flat, it was apparent it had been completely destroyed by the prior tenant. It took 2 months to surrender the tenancy. The only thing worthwhile thing the agency contributed was finding a new tenant and even that itself was a painful process. The agency tried to charge me fees to re-let the flat even though their lack of professional due diligence is what led to the need to surrender in the first place.
While I still had possession of the flat, the agency allowed contractors to come in and remove the carpet and replace grout in the bathroom without notifying me beforehand. The contractors left behind a mess that the agency tried to charge me to have cleaned.
Further, the check out inventory claimed several of the items that were damaged by the prior tenant, and included in the check in, were my responsibility. I am still battling with them to get my deposit back. I also paid rent for the full month, in accordance with my tenancy agreement, when I only had possession for part of the month. I'm still trying to get the overpaid rent returned to me.
Needless to say, please avoid this agency if you can.
I found the staff very helpful and informative. The whole process was dealt professionally. Good experience! I definitely recommend Victorstone.
Avoid at all costs. We have had major problems with house which were repeatedly ignored by Victorstone. Rude, unhelpful staff who continually fobbed us off with promises to 'phone back later' and ignored our emails. Deposit is yet to be returned despite legal requirements for this to be repaid within 10 days. I would bet money that these good reviews are fakes: these estate agents more like con artists.