Tony Ennis was fantastic and very informative from start to finish with regards to the sale of my property. Well done Tony and team for all your efforts. Would definitely recommend your services. regards
Very unhappy with the entire service, they don't even have professional decency to respond to important emails from tenants.
We had such a positive experience working with Adam Dryden-Peck, Mayow Short and their entire team. They are extremely insightful and knowledgeable on the area and the array of properties available, and were so efficient and helpful throughout our purchase process. We dealt with a lot of estate agencies during our search and the Savills Battersea Park team was leagues ahead of everyone. Top notch.
Savills Northcote road, London
Unprofessional (understatement) real estate agents
When we moved in with our 3 little kids, the furniture we had agreed 2 weeks ahead to be in place was not there, including the bed and there we unopened Ikea flat packs everywhere. Thus, we staid somewhere else. We complained and it took them 1 month to deliver on all the agreed arrangements although we'd initially offered to postpone the move-in date and they'd insisted everything would be in place in time... We also had to fight for weeks and escalate to "senior management" for redress.
We vacated the place early Nov and let them arrange visits for prospective tenants 2 weeks ahead of surrender. Then came the usual game "Let's try to see how much of their deposit we can keep " and it looks like this:
1. "Garden work": £120
They tried to charge for gardening although the check-in report pictures show the mess the place was. So it's "We gave you a tiny garden in an awful bad state with stinking litter and we'll charge you to make it nice once you have left". Thanks.
2. Bed removed": £444
This one you'll love. As part of the agreed furniture change, they were supposed to remove a bad low quality old metal frame bed you only see in depressing films about old houses. Not only did they end up removing it 3 weeks late but they are now also trying to charge us for the "disappearance" of the bed they removed themselves. Really!?
3. Professional cleaning: £324
When we left the flat, 2 weeks before surrender, the place was clean. The dirtying by their numerous arranged visits of the flat for prospective tenants with muddy shoes was then charged to us in an outrageous professional cleaning fee of £324. They're trying to charge us for the cleaning of their own mess... What?!?!
4. Damage to walls, etc.: £1,130
Only a few dirt marks on the walls, that a sponge would have removed, cost £1,130.... What?!?! Actually, you would think the 2. "ultra-premium" professional cleaning should have at the very least taken care of this, would not you? Better still, to justify and evidence such an extortionate amount for a task twice billed, involving using a sponge to clean walls, they have sent us a bill having nothing to do with it:
- "new bed frame and disposed of old one" (charging us for what had been agreed would be free)
- 4 new knobs in polish chrome (nice)
- 2 new panel mouldings (we had the derelict ones instead)
- new dimmer switch (ours never worked)
- new roller bathroom blind (why did not we have this?)
- Glass splash back (nice, we never had this)
- Tiles (check-in inventory shows those ugly broken tiles they graciously ended up changing for the next occupiers , not for us)
So, they are trying to double invoice us (cf. walls and professional cleaning) + charge us for all the nice decoration improvements for the next tenant or the landlord. You will have noticed that none of those items have anything to do with "Damage to walls" although they've confirmed twice in writing that the invoice included everything.
End in sight to this nightmare...maybe not:
- Savills partially came to their senses and removed 2. and 3. but are still trying to string us for a £1,130 wall cleaning without any related invoice.
- 4 months later, Savills are still holding our full deposit without any invoice to back up their claim
- Savills have not even released the undisputed amounts
Throughout our tenancy we suffered from highly dubious mal-practices and, 4 months after the tenancy end, are still suffering from their cowboy practices, still holding our deposit.
But wait, the best is yet to come... yesterday they said they would come up today with a new invoice to cover the "Damage to walls". So, four months after tenancy end, all bills must have been paid months before as they must have already paid their suppliers' invoice. Thus, is someone going to manufacture an invoice to string us for amounts they have been unable to justify? No new invoice yet today...
Our advice to tenants: stay away from those cowboys with their hands in your pockets...
Having dealt with Savills for a few years now, Ben Charsley who manages the Northcote Road office was by far the most professional and helpful agent I have ever had the pleasure to work with. The whole team were more than helpful in the letting of my property, and would highly recommend them to all within the area. Thanks again!
Plenty of suspicious looking 5 star reviews in the last month. here's my story : we went under offer as chain free buyers on a Savills property in July and it turns out they've been stringing us along as a backup option for 2+ months. Plenty of stories along the way while the sellers delayed the process and another Savills buyer with a higher offer (but in a chain) completed their house sale. None of this was known to us. They let us spend several thousand in legal and survey fees, and waste 2 months of time with a baby on the way. Beware.
Paul and the team managed to steer a very difficult sale through to end despite a difficult buyer, in a very challenging market. Any agent can sell a house when the market is up. The mark of a good agent is how they perform when it is down. And boy did they perform. Well done.
KFH are a horrible pathetic corporate bag of nails. They are liars. In any other market conditions they'd wrap up in a month and the staff would be back to hairdresser school. I look forward to the day they are done.