Thinking of investing in London rental property? There are plenty of benefits for landlords, including high demand from a wide range of tenant groups and convenient access to quality tradespeople and property services.

Buy-to-let in London can offer great rewards, as long as you’re clever about where you invest. We explore why investing in London property is worth the risks and how to protect your investment for the long term.

 

The Advantages of Being a London Landlord

Thinking of becoming a London landlord? Here are some of the benefits you can expect;

 

Is Property in London a Good Investment?

There has been a lot of debate recently around whether investing in the UK property market is still a safe investment. Despite some instability in the London property market due to Brexit uncertainties and recent changes to stamp duty and tax relief for landlords, there are still many factors that make London a good opportunity for property investment.

 

High Rental Demand

For one, it is unlikely that the demand for rental properties in popular areas of London will decrease significantly in the long term as London remains a hub for many industries.

With a large number of students and young professionals, London offers a wide range of tenant groups to target.

Shorter term, Brexit uncertainties have been putting off first time buyers from taking the plunge- increasing the demand for rental properties further.

 

Opportunity for Capital Gain

While some property prices in central London have experienced dips, central London prices are now on the rise and there are plenty of up and coming areas marked for big property development projects. By investing in areas likely to experience long-term price growth, you are well placed to earn impressive capital growth when you decide to sell.

 

Where is the Cheapest Place to Buy in London?

House prices vary significantly from each London borough. According to Homes&Property, some of the cheapest areas to buy in London in 2019 include;

  • Barking and Dagenham – average house price £300,518
  • Bexley – average house price £341,784
  • Newham – average house price £365,182
  • Croydon – average house price £365,931
  • Havering – average house price £375,014
  • Sutton – average house price £382,607
  • Hounslow – average house price £395,734
  • Enfield – average house price £396,908
  • Hillingdon – average house price £399,639
  • Greenwich – average house price £411,492

However, the purchase price isn’t the only factor to consider when searching for an investment property.

If you’re looking for buy-to-let, the location’s desirability to your target tenant is just as important as getting a good deal. If you can’t find tenants to fill your property, you risk losing money. That’s why it’s equally important to consider factors such as transport links and the proximity of schools and shops to assess the risks and return.

In addition, looking at rental yield data is essential in order to calculate your return on investment.

 

Best Buy to Let Areas in London

When looking for the right location to buy to let, London has a few hotspots that still offer impressive rental yields.

Totally Money’s Buy to Let rental yield map provides valuable data when searching for the most profitable postcodes. Here are some of the top buy to let areas in London according to the map;

  • E12 in East London including Manor Park, Little Ilford, Alderbrook, Newham and Redbridge have a 6.04% average yield.
  • SE17 in South East London including Walworth and Newington has a 5.75% average yield.
  • IG11 in Barking has a 5.59% average yield.
  • Romford is home to several top performing postcodes including RM9, RM8,RM6 and RM10. Find property inventory services in Romford here.
  • SE11 in South East London including Kennington and Vauxhall has a 5.12% average yield.
  • SE28 including Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich has a 5.00% average yield.
  • N18 in North London including Upper Edmonton, Edmonton and Enfield has a 4.92% average yield.

 

How Do I Buy My First Investment Property?

Once you’ve decided that becoming a London landlord is right for you, there are several steps you need to take;

 

Choose a Location

Decide on the right location, taking into account your budget, target tenant and the rental yields in the area.

 

Find a Buy-to-Let Mortgage

To start the buying process, you will most likely need to apply for a buy-to-let mortgage. Our guide on buy-to-let-mortgages provides helpful information on the different types of mortgage available and how to choose the right one, as well as tips and advice on the process.

 

Protecting Your Investment

Decided to become a London landlord? Our No Letting Go offices throughout London are home to dedicated and experienced inventory clerks ready to help you on your journey.

From inventory reports to check in services, we can provide professional support to help manage your portfolio.

We offer;

To explore our full list of offices, search our branch pages to find property inventory services near you.

We’re delighted to announce that one of our franchise owners has recently won gold at the AFA franchisee Annual Awards.

By injecting a youthful energy into his business, Dan Procter has built up a strong team who have been impressing their clients with their professional, yet personal property inventory services.

Find out what the award means for this up and coming franchise;

 

Dan Procter: Outstanding Young Franchisee

At the first AFA awards ceremony this September, the Outstanding Young Franchisee category was won by our very own Dan Procter!

Dan has owned the No Letting Go Gravesend, Dartford and Medway franchise since 2016 and has been busy working out how best to support his customers and put them at the heart of his business. With strong business planning and effective decision making, Dan has grown his business, becoming the network’s top performer in 2018. At the tender age of 25, this is no mean feat.

Dan attributes his success to a deep understanding of his customer’s needs and the support of the wider No Letting Go team;

“I quickly recognised where my customer pain points were and focused on delivering a service that would make their day to day lives easier. Not only do I get great support from the Head Office team, but the team within my business strive to deliver excellent service, even when we are all flat out during our peak business periods.”

Dan’s team includes co-owner Sophie Holden, who has been working in the property industry for over 2 years and clerks Rhiannon, Abby and Caroline.

 

The AFA Awards

The AFA recently held their first annual award ceremony, celebrating excellence in the franchise sector.

This black-tie event welcomed leading figures in the franchising community to network and share their business success.

 

Who Are the Approved Franchise Association?

The Approved Franchise Association (AFA) was established to support the growing UK franchise industry and provide accreditation to organisations of any size.

Their values include;

  • Ethical franchising
  • Open communication
  • Quality accreditation
  • Sustainability
  • Partnership

 

 

No Letting Go Achievements

Fortunately, we’re no stranger to awards. Many of our hardworking franchisees have been awarded with impressive accolades over the years.

For example, Rachel Farr who heads up our Bath branch is the proud recipient of; No letting Go Best Regional Office, Busiest Office, Customer Service, Franchisee of the Year and a nomination for the Woman Franchisee 2017 EWIF awards.

 

Why Choose A Franchise?

If you’re thinking of taking your career into your own hands and becoming a Franchisee, we’re on hand to help.

A franchise with No Letting Go offers;

  • A ready-made start-up
  • Training and support from day one
  • Low start-up costs
  • Continued learning and development

You don’t need any prior experience to become part of our multi award-winning business, just time and dedication.

 

Become a No Letting Go Franchise

Want to work with us? To kickstart the process, apply on our website so we can invite you in for a chat to discuss your needs and goals.

Apply to become a No Letting Go franchisee today, and you could find yourself being awarded in front of a panel of judges!

If you’re a landlord looking for a trusted letting agent in London, we might be able to help. We understand the importance of leaving your investment in safe hands and work with a wide range of property specialists in London and across the UK.

No Letting Go help letting agents and property businesses streamline their inventory management processes and provide essential reports. Thanks to this, we know a thing or two about finding the right partner for you and your property needs.

We’ve listed some of the best letting agents, London to help you find a reputable agency in your local area.

 

Letting Agents: North London

Let’s start with lettings and estate agents in the North London area. The following agencies have either been recommended by trusted sources or are businesses we currently work with.

 

Davies & Davies

This well-established independent letting agent has been running since 1927, managing sales and lettings from Finsbury park.

Voted as the 7th best Letting agent in the UK by the Best Estate Agent Guide 2019, Davies & Davies pride themselves on their bespoke level of service and their socially responsible attitude towards the local community. If you’re looking for a collaborative partner, this award- winning agency could be for you.

Best for: Slick, creative marketing campaigns

Contact information
info@daviesdavies.co.uk
Finsbury Park Office, 85 Stroud Green Road, London, N4 3EG

 

Oliver’s Town

Another long-running agency, Oliver’s Town Lettings have been around since 1988 and cover a wide area from Camden to Hampstead.

The agency deals with buying, renting, letting and selling for landlord and tenants and have excellent knowledge of the areas they work in.

Best for: Approachable customer service

Contact information
hello@oliverstown.com
Offices in Primrose Hill, Kentish Town, Hampstead and Mayfair

 

Parkheath Lettings

Parkheath is a well-established lettings agent in North West London with a business philosophy of ‘sold on service’. The results speak for themselves, with 99% of sales and lettings clients happy to work with them again in the future.

Looking after properties located in areas around Belsize and Tufnell park, Parkheath lettings agent offer excellent knowledge of the property market and a reliable service.

Best for: Professional customer service

Contact information
Offices in West Hampstead, South Hampstead, Belsize Park, Kentish Town and Kendall Rise.

 

Matthew James

Serving the areas around Dartmouth Park, Kentish Town and Tufnell Park, Matthew James estate agents are an independent company specialising in lettings and sales.

With customers describing them as ‘efficient’, ‘friendly’ and ‘honest’, your rental property will be in safe hands. They even have area guides on their website to help prospective landlords and tenants get to know the different areas they operate in.

Best for: Friendly team of staff

Contact information
43-45 Fortess Rd, Kentish Town, London NW5 1AD

 

PG Estates

If you’re looking for sales and lettings experts in Islington, Highbury, Barnsbury, Shoreditch, Dalston, Hoxton, Haggerston and the City, PG Estates are a good bet.

Dedicated to establishing long term relationships with their clients, this agency has a wide range of property types on its books. They can even help you with short Airbnb lets!

Best for: Variety of services

Contact Information
islington@pgestates.com
350 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0PD

spitalfields@pgestates.com
66 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6RL

 

Your Move Sterling & Co – Walthamstow

Centrally based in Walthamstow, Your Move Sterling & Co is the place to go for friendly and professional lettings services in the area.

As a landlord, when you let a property through Your Move Sterling & Co, you gain access to the landlord portal for quick and easy communication.

Serving Walthamstow, Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford in North East London.

Best for: Convenient communications

Contact Information
Email directly on the Your Move Sterling & Co website

 

From health and safety reports to property viewings, our franchises across North London all put the same level of dedication into their client services. No Letting Go Walthamstow property inventory services are owned and operated by Ann Ennis who has over 45 years of experience in the industry. Get in touch to find out how they could help.

 

East London Letting Agents

Now let’s turn our attention to the best letting agents in and around East London;

 

Martin & Co – Wanstead

Head up by local landlord, Mike Molloy, the Wanstead branch of Martin & Co provides a wealth of information on the surrounding area and property market.

With first hand experience of the private rental sector, Molloy understands the needs of landlords and tenants, providing an honest and intuitive service to clients.

The Wanstead branch manages property across Wanstead, East London and West Essex.

Best for: Landlords

Contact information
74 High Street, Wanstead, London, Greater London, E11 2RN

 

Dabora Conway – South Woodford and Winchmore Hill

The experienced team at Dabora Conway lettings and estate agents put customer satisfaction at the heart of everything they do.

As a member of NALS (The National Approved Letting Scheme), this growing business is committed to providing quality, tailored services.

With glowing customer testimonials and a professional team of staff, Dabora Conway is a great choice for lettings in the Wanstead, South Woodford and Winchmore Hill areas.

Best for: Customer commitment

Contact information
enquiries@daboraconway.com
Wanstead Head Office, 9 High Street, Wanstead, London, E11 2AA

 

David Daniels

Winning gold in the property agency of the year awards 2018 for Stratford in the AllAgents Annual Awards, David Daniels is a trusted agency in the East London area.

Serving Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham and Havering, David Daniels is a member of ARLA Propertymark, NAEA Propertymark and the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS).

Combining highly qualified staff with a close attention to detail and local knowledge, this agency provides a comprehensive service for landlords.

Best for: Recognition in the property sector

Contact Information
info@david-daniels.co.uk
Offices in Leyton and Stratford

 

Looking to save time on property management? If you operate in the East London area, our No Letting Go branches in Stratford & Newnham and Romford & Docklands provide landlords and property professionals with unbiased, professional services to help safeguard your investment.

 

Letting Agents: South London

If you’re a landlord looking for letting agents in the South London area, add the following businesses to your list;

 

C James & Co

For lettings in Wimbledon, Tooting, Colliers Wood and surrounding areas, C James & Co is committed to providing their customers with the latest innovations in Proptech.

C James & Co have dedicated teams of staff handling accounts, contracts and maintenance, ensuring each member is experienced and dedicated to their field.

As a member of ARLA, the agency stays on top of current regulations to protect landlords and their investments.

Best for: Dedicated network of staff

Contact Information
wm-lettings@cjames.co.uk
141 Kingston Road, Merton Park, London SW19 1LJ

tt-lettings@cjames.co.uk
110 Tooting High Street, Tooting, London, SW17 ORR

cw-sales@cjames.co.uk
190-192 High Street, Colliers Wood, London, SW19

 

SW19

As the name suggests, this independent estate agent has an extensive knowledge of their local area postcode. Their slogan ‘It’s all in the postcode’ reflects their passion for the Wimbledon area and local communities within it.

Offering zero deposit schemes and experienced staff, SW19 guarantees speedy rental processes and security for landlords.

Best for: Local area knowledge

Contact Information
sales@sw19.com
Offices in Wimbledon, South Wimbledon and Colliers Wood

 

Ellisons

With an outstanding local reputation and a straightforward ethos, Ellisons are a registered office approved by The Office of Fair Trading, The Estate Agency Ombudsman Scheme and ARLA.

With thousands of let properties in their portfolio, they are experienced at providing hassle-free transactions. They even offer free rental guarantee insurance to newly appointed lets.

Ellisons letting agents serve Wimbledon, Morden, Raynes Park, West Wimbledon, Motspur Park, Colliers Wood and Merton Park.

Best for: Fuss-free service

Contact Information
Individual office contact details are available on the website

 

From No Letting Go Battersea to No Letting Go Croydon, our branches across South London understand the importance of an unbiased, detailed property inventory. Interested? Contact the team to discuss your requirements.

 

Letting Agents: West London

Here’s our pick of west London lettings agents;

 

Ludlow Thompson- Kilburn

With fantastic reviews on AllAgents, the Kilburn branch of Ludlow Thompson is one to look out for.

Described as professional, helpful and communicative, this lettings agency covers extensive areas across Kilburn, West Hampstead and other West London areas.

All staff at Ludlow Thompson have undertaken industry qualifications to ensure professional property management at all times.

Best for: Customer satisfaction

Contact information
kilburnlet@ludlowthompson.com

 

We work with a number of lettings agents in West London, helping them to deliver inventories and organise property inspections.

Keen to be part of our extensive network? No Letting Go Ealing offers 360 degree virtual photography and property appraisals in Ealing and surrounding areas.

For landlords in the Uxbridge area, John Farrell leads the No Letting Go Uxbridge branch, delivering results through extensive local knowledge and the latest in property technology.

 

What We Offer

We offer a lot more than just property inventory services. Here are some of our other services at a glance;

  • Check in/check out services
  • Right to rent checks
  • Property visits & inspections
  • Dilapidation reports
  • House viewings
  • Floor plans
  • Property appraisals
  • 360 virtual photography
  • Health & Safety reports

 

Find Your No Letting Go London Branch

Gaining access to the lettings and inventory services you need should be simple and fast. We provide lettings agents and landlords with a wide range of property services to save you time and ensure your compliance with the latest regulations.

Find your local London No Letting Go office here.

From comprehensive inventories to check in/check out services, our teams are experienced at providing professional, fuss-free solutions.

Browse our full range of property services to find out how we could help.

Do you own or manage property in the London area? Whether it’s a single rental property or a large portfolio of flats and houses, it helps to have a professional team behind you ensuring things run smoothly.

With over 65 UK offices, we offer professional property inventory services throughout London and the surrounding areas.

Looking for property inventory in London? We’ve gathered a list of our London offices to help you find your local No Letting Go branch.

 

What is a Property Inventory?

An inventory is a legal document providing an accurate record of the contents and condition of a property at the start of a tenancy.

Property Inventory reports can include written and photographic evidence to protect landlords and tenants alike. A professional inventory service helps landlords recover costs to cover damage and repairs by determining how much money is deducted from the deposit.

A comprehensive, quality inventory report can even help settle disputes at the end of a tenancy by providing unbiased evidence.

 

What is an Inventory Check-In?

An inventory check-in is simply the process of the inventory being taken and provided to the tenant by the inventory clerk or landlord at the start of a tenancy. Usually, the tenant is given a short period to check the property before signing.

A check-out report then determines any changes made to the property between the start and end of the tenancy.

 

When Should Inventory Be Done?

The best time to schedule an inventory is immediately before the start of a tenancy. This means that the report will provide the most accurate representation of the cleanliness and condition of the property on move-in day.

 

Do Landlords Have to Provide Inventory?

While there is no legal requirement for a landlord to provide an inventory, it is highly recommended.

When claiming against a deposit, it is the landlord’s responsibility to prove that the tenant has damaged the property. Without a high-quality inventory report, this becomes a lot harder to justify and conflicts can arise.

For this reason, having the protection of an inventory report undertaken by independent inventory clerks is essential if your tenant decides to contest any deductions taken.

 

Our Property Services at a Glance

Property inventory is just one of the wide-ranging professional services we offer. Here’s a taste of what working with us could provide;

  • Inventory management
  • Check in services
  • Right to rent checks
  • Property visits and inspections
  • Check out services
  • Dilapidation reports
  • House viewings
  • Floor plans
  • Property appraisals
  • 360 virtual photography
  • Health & Safety reports
  • Real time support

Now we’ve covered the basics, let’s look at the No Letting Go property inventory services, London and where to find them;

 

Property Inventory West London

Looking for property management services near you? Here’s a list of our No Letting Go offices in West London:

Letting Go Uxbridge

The Uxbridge office is run by John Farrell, an experienced inventory and property reporting specialist, with great local knowledge.

Their DigiSign feature enables the collection of digital signatures with automated reminders, meaning no more chasing up tenants!

Contact details:
48 Drayton Grove, London W13 0LA, UK
Email: uxbridge@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 07889 996922

John Farrell, Uxbridge

Property Inventory Services in East London

For landlords, letting agents and property professionals in the East London area, here’s where you can find our services:

 

No Letting Go Romford & Docklands

Lead up by Patur Mohan, the Romford and Docklands Inventory services cover Romford, Ilford, Dagenham and the Docklands.

Offering a professional, reliable check-in/check-out service to help safeguard your property, this branch is dedicated to helping businesses and landlords protect their investment.

Contact details:
Romford UK
Email: romford@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 07544 466617

 

No Letting Go Stratford & Newnham

The No Letting Go Stratford & Newham team are headed up by Mundeep and Satinder Grewal.

Covering Stratford, Royal Docks, Gallions Reach, East Ham, Canning Town, Plaistow, Beckton and Forest Gate, the team offers everything from inventory management to Smoke and CO inspection.

Contact details:
London Borough of Newham, UK
Email: stratford@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 0207 760 7569

Satinder Grewal, Stratford

Property Inventory North London

For rental properties in the North of London, we have the following branches:

 

No Letting Go Barnet

With Mitchell and Gabriella Walters at the helm, No Letting Go Barnet is committed to providing detailed reports tailored to their client’s needs. With over 7 years in the property industry, Mitchell is passionate about representing his clients out in the market.

This branch covers North London, St Johns Wood, Swiss Cottage, Hampstead, Highgate, Finchley, Barnet, Hendon, Willesden, Cricklewood, Muswell Hill, Edgeware and Borehamwood.

Contact details:
41 High St, Barnet EN5 5UW, UK
Email: barnet-enfield@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 0845 139 1400 / 07761 236340 / 07811 209773

Mitchell Walters & Gabriella Walters

No Letting Go Enfield

Also run by the Mitchells, No Letting Go Enfield covers the following areas;

Enfield, East Barnet, Stoke Newington, Seven Sisters, Tottenham, Edmonton, Southgate, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Winchmore Hill, South Woodford and Ilford.

Contact details:
41 High St, Barnet EN5 5UW, UK
Email: barnet-enfield@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 0845 139 1400 / 07761 236340 / 07811 209773

No Letting Go Islington & Camden

Chris Ford has been busy building a strong, highly trained team around him at the Islington and Camden property inventory company. With over 23 years in the retail industry, Chris is dedicated to providing a high level of customer service.

This branch covers; Islington, Kings Cross, Haringey, Harringay, Hornsey, Upper Holloway, Archway, Crouch End, Camden, Highgate, Hampstead Heath, Holloway, Barnsbury, Tufnell Park, Highbury and Highbury Fields.

Contact details:
48 Weavers Way, London NW1 0XE, UK
Email: islington@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 07415 087316

No Letting Go Walthamstow

Walthamstow property inventory services are owned and operated by Ann Ennis who has over 45 years of experience in the property industry. The team prides itself on providing a smooth service to free up time for property professionals.

This branch covers Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone.

Contact details:
Bramley Close, London E17 6EG, UK
Email: walthamstow@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 07854 966621

Property Inventory Services South London

For landlords and letting agents looking for help managing their portfolios in South London, here’s who to turn to:

No Letting Go Battersea

Owned by Rafi Khan, the Battersea No Letting Go franchise pride themselves on going the extra mile for customers and will always try and accommodate last minute bookings.

Covering SW11 & SW18, the team provide wide-ranging services such as property visits and Legionella Risk Assessments.

Contact details:
12 Saint Olaves Road, London E6 2PA, UK
Email: battersea@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 07863 357196

No Letting Go Bromley & Bexley

Abby Chilvers has worked in the housing sector for most of his life, including social housing and housing associations in London.

The Bromley and Bexley No Letting Go team are the people to go to for professional, tailor made reports.

Areas covered; Bromley, Bickley, Downham, Keston, Shortlands, Hayes, Beckenham, Eden Park, Elmers End, West Wickham, Orpington, Petts Wood, St Paul’s Cray, St Mary Cray, Chelsfield, Green St Green, Chislehurst, Swanley, Bexley, Albany Park, Sidcup and Foots Cray.

Contact details:
The Glades, Bromley, High St, Bromley, UK
Email: bromley@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 07956 676 120

No Letting Go Croydon

The Croydon property inventory services branch is run by Sean Rieder and provides detailed reports, designed to protect landlords in the event of a dispute.

Covering Croydon, South Croydon, Mitcham, Warlingham, Purley, Streatham, Norbury, Thornton heath and Furzedown.

Contact details:
Beckenham Rd, Beckenham BR3 4RL, UK
Email: croydon@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 07889 634974

No Letting Go Fulham

Yosha Hussain leads the No Letting Go Fulham office, providing inventory services to all letting agents, property management companies, estate agents, councils, commercial letting agents, housing associations and landlords in and around the Fulham area.

Covering SW6 & W14.

Contact details:
67c Holland Road, London W14 8HL, UK
Email: fulham@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 07885 727265

No Letting Go Greenwich

From inventory management to smoke and CO reports and installation, Shewana Zaffar is more than happy to discuss your needs as an agent or landlord at the Greenwich No Letting Go branch.

This branch covers Greenwich, Woolwich, Plumstead, Blackheath and Thamesmead.

Contact details:
Tarnwood Park, London SE9 5PA, UK
Email: greenwich@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 07581 248953

No Letting Go Richmond

Syed and Zoofa Wasti own the Richmond No Letting Go office, providing Kingston, Richmond, Staines, Chiswick, Ealing, Surbiton, New Malden, Hounslow, Feltham, Kew, Teddington, Hampton, Worcester Park, East Molesey, Roehampton and Barnes with professional property services.

Contact details:
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, UK
Email: richmond@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 07880 343851

No Letting Go Southwark

Richard Seymour has a breadth of experience within the lettings industry and comes highly recommended by clients for his professional, reliable team at Southwark.

Covering Southwark, London Bridge, Shad Thames, Borough, Tower Bridge, Waterloo, The Southbank, Elephant and Castle, Old Kent Road, East Dulwich, Camberwell, Denmark Hill, Peckham, Herne Hill and Nunhead.

Contact details:
London Borough of Southwark, UK
Email: southwark@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 0207 237 6666

Richard Seymour, Southwark

No Letting Go Sutton & Merton

No Letting Go Sutton & Merton is owned & operated by Garry Lockwood. As a landlord, Garry understands the importance of a detailed inventory and takes pride in his team’s thorough, common-sense approach.

Covering Ashstead, Carshalton, Cheam, Epsom, Leatherhead, Merton, Morden, Raynes Park, Wallington, Wimbledon and surrounding areas.

Contact details:
Grove Rd, Sutton SM1 2AP, UK
Email: sutton@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 0202 8234 6189 / 07905 619060

Property Inventory Services in Central London

And last but not least, here’s where you can find out property inventory services in and around central London.

No Letting Go City West End

Luke Marriott leads the No Letting Go City West End office, which offers inventory services and 360 virtual tours to all estate agents, holiday rentals and management companies.

The City West End branch covers the following areas; Victoria, Pimlico, Belgravia, Chelsea, Kensington, Mayfair, Marylebone, Whitehall, Fizrovia, Bloomsbury, Covent Garden, West End, Clerkenwell, Islington, City of London, Shoreditch and Hackney.

Contact details:
3c Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3RA, UK
Email: citywestend@nolettinggo.co.uk
Office Tel: 0203 151 7027

How Can I Make My Inventory Easier?

From floor planning to mid-term inspections, No Letting Go can help you stay on top of your property portfolio, even on the go!

We use the latest Kaptur technology to provide comprehensive inventories including safety reports, fire furnishing requirements and meter readings to ensure you remain compliant with current regulations.

To discover the rest of our property services in London, visit our services page and find out how we can help.

International Women’s Day is held on the 8th March each year with the aim of re-addressing gender imbalances and recognising the achievements of women across the globe.

With International Women’s Day campaigns kicking off this week, what better time to celebrate some of the most successful female franchisees in the No Letting Go network?

Many of our successful No Letting Go branches across the UK are run by women. We spoke to some of these flourishing branch owners to get their insights into their experiences as women in the property industry.

Celebrating the achievements of women in property and lettings, we’re turning the spotlight onto No Letting Go’s most successful female franchisees.

International Women’s Day History

Before we dive in, here’s a brief history of the development of the day.

The International Women’s Day movement is growing from strength to strength each year.

The movement took its first steps back in 1909 in the US with the first National Woman’s Day, inspired by working women’s protests against poor conditions in the garment industry.

The first International Women’s day took place in 1911 and was celebrated by over a million women and men demanding women’s right to vote, to hold public office and to end discrimination at work.

It was 1975 when the United Nations implemented a recognised International Women’s Day to be marked on the 8th March each year. The International Women’s Day 2019 theme is all about “balance for better”. The idea behind this slogan is to foster a more equal gender balance around the world.

Women in Property

With the recent focus in the media on the gender pay gap, it was revealed that women working for estate agents and consultancies can earn up to 58% less than their male counterparts. These pay gap figures are above the national average, indicating that something needs to be done to ensure more women are filling senior roles.

According to the National Association of Estate Agents, 3 in 4 salespeople are men, however lettings is a more female dominated sector.

Thankfully, businesses are beginning to introduce flexible working and put more effort into re-balancing their hiring processes. The Bisnow property site’s ‘51 most influential women in UK real estate’ also points to women making waves in the industry.

No Letting Go is proud to champion successful women in property. We interviewed some of the most successful female No Letting Go franchise owners for their perspective on the industry;

Rachel Farr, No Letting Go Bath

Rachel purchased the No Letting Go Bath franchise in 2014, and by 2016, was already delivering 200 property reports every month.

Rachel and the rest of the Bath team have a reputation in the area for reliability, quality and excellent customer service.

How did you get into the property business?

‘I started working as a property/refurbishment manager doing up buy to lets for clients living and working abroad. I was in procurement and marketing for many years before moving into property’.

What do you consider to be the greatest success in your property career?

‘Growing and managing a business whilst having two small children and through two pregnancies.’

What do you attribute this success to?

‘A great business partner and building good client relationships.’

Do you have any female career role models?

‘Anyone who is a working mum and who manages to juggle everyday life and run a successful business in any industry.’

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

‘A good work-life balance, no day is the same and I get to meet new people’.

What are your future career plans?

‘To build and grow the business we have by taking on more employees to offer a greater range of services.’

Rachel’s impressive list of accolades include; No letting Go Best Regional Office, Busiest Office, Customer Service, Franchisee of the Year and a nomination for the Woman Franchisee 2017 EWIF awards.

Alison Hardy, No Letting Go Swindon

Alison Hardy became a No Letting Go franchise owner along with her husband over eight years ago. Since then, the pair have been busy winning their own clients and building their business in the Swindon area.

What has been the biggest success of your property career?

‘Winning all our own clients, having one of the lowest percentages of national contract work, and winning marketing and customers service awards from No Letting Go.’

Alison attributes this success to; ‘immense pride in the No Letting Go brand, a lot of flexibility, adaptability, resilience and hard work’.

What has been the greatest challenge?

‘Getting into agents that use local competition or do the work themselves and maintaining motivation with lower paid national contract work which is driven by volume sales across the whole network of offices.’

Have you ever felt any advantages or disadvantages to being a woman in the property industry?

‘None whatsoever. Especially compared to previous career roles in large organisations.’

Do you have any female career role models?

‘I have had many over the years and like to think that I have used the experience of working with such positive role models to empower me to be a little bit of each of them… and at least the best I can be!’

Do you think there is an equal gender balance in the industry?

‘Yes. But in relation to the structure/ranks they sit in is a very different answer. But that is an observation of the Lettings Industry as a whole and in no way a reflection of our franchise business which, of course, is equal as we [Alison and her husband] are joint business partners.’

What do you think needs to change in the property industry?

‘Greater understanding from the government, more mandatory regulation, compliance standards and best practice that brands like NLG can deliver on. These expectations would improve the recognition of what we do and it’s key relevance in the process for agents, landlords and tenants alike.’

What is your favourite thing about your job?

‘Being responsible for generating our own workload, a portfolio of clients and building something ourselves (albeit with the backing of a proven brand identity). Also, the sheer diversity of properties we attend. We can be in a rambling country farmhouse with outbuildings and paddocks and then on through some gorgeous countryside to a swanky penthouse or urban apartment in the same few hours. No two days are ever the same which is exactly the same when it comes to our agent clients, landlords and tenants so it’s a great mix for the property mad and if you are a people person all rolled into one!’

Has the property industry changed since you started?

‘Yes. More people want to rent, more agents want to do things properly, everyone wants contractors to do things for as little as possible. The government is trying to bring in changes that are causing increases in rent and lack of affordability on a monthly basis rather than via fees charged in the first place.’

Alison and her husband are currently in the second stint of a five-year franchisee renewal cycle and are considering their options for the future.

Virginia Chrapowski, No Letting Go Edinburgh

Virginia became the owner of the No Letting Go Edinburgh branch along with her husband when looking for a way to escape her busy job and make a living in preparation for their retirement.

After a tricky first year, the business is moving in the right direction and seeing some great successes.

How did you get into the property industry?

‘Myself and my husband both wanted to leave our previous roles and work for ourselves. I previously worked in the Scottish ambulance service as a paramedic which was a very physical job, requiring me to work night shifts. The No Letting Go franchise opportunity was something we could both do together. We visited the Aberdeen franchise show, did lots of investigative work and eventually decided on No Letting Go due to lower start up costs and great support.’

What has been the biggest success of your property career?

‘We did well last year. Every time we win a new account we celebrate with a bottle of bubbly!’

What has been the greatest challenge?

‘Learning to run a business and keeping accounts as this was a big career change. Our next big challenge will come in May when all the students leave and we have to manage hundreds of properties in less than two weeks. Interviewing and taking on part-time clerks has been another challenge, although I have previous teaching experience which made this easier.’

Have you ever felt any advantages or disadvantages to being a woman in the property industry?

‘No, not particularly. Especially compared to previous roles I’ve had where I worked in a more archaic, masculine environment.’

Do you think there is an equal gender balance in the industry?

‘I’m not sure about the industry as a whole, but I seem to work with more women agents.’

Do you have any female career role models?

‘My family has a very strong work ethic. My daughter is very hard working, that’s just how we were brought up, I hope I’ve passed that onto my children.’

What is your favourite thing about your job?

‘I like the admin side of working in the office, something I wish I had more time to do!’

Virginia and her husband have no plans to throw in the towel for the foreseeable future, aiming to keep building the business until they reach the age of 70 (at least).

Claire Parfitt, No Letting Go Portsmouth

Claire Parfitt of No Letting Go, Portsmouth purchased a No Letting Go franchise with her husband in 2017.

How did you get into the property industry?

‘After graduating I moved to London and worked in the recruitment sector for a while before taking a job as an inventory clerk for a large estate agent. After a few years my husband and I moved from London to Hampshire and I continued to work as an inventory clerk but in house for a local estate agent and then self-employed, working for a few small inventory companies. My children were young at the time and I worked part time to fit in with their needs.’

What do you attribute your success to?

‘I had 13 previous years’ experience in the industry and a good local knowledge having worked for local agents. I also worked for the previous owners of the franchise for 3 years prior to us taking over. My experience has been combined with my husband’s experience outside of the industry.’

What has been your greatest challenge at work?

‘Currently the greatest challenge is recruiting and training suitable staff’.

Have you noticed any advantages or disadvantages of being a woman in the property industry?

‘Having children can impact the job roles a woman may consider as not all roles are easily adaptable to family life.’

Do you think there is an equal gender balance in the industry?

‘Yes, generally, although working part time around family life may affect sales target roles within the industry.’

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

‘Being my own boss.’

Has the property industry changed since you started?

‘When the tenancy deposit scheme was introduced in 2007 it meant that more landlords were using proper inventory companies to complete their inventories which increased business. The increase in online estate agents has changed the dynamic of the industry and high street agents are having to adapt to compete.’

A Franchise with No Letting Go

From the successful female franchisees we spoke to, juggling work and family life was the main issue faced by women. However, each franchise owner asserted that they felt little to no disadvantage to being a woman in the industry with No Letting Go.

Is a franchise for you?

Franchising allows you to hit the ground running by offering tailored training and support. You don’t need any previous industry experience as No Letting Go provide everything you need to get started, as well as the backing of a well-established and trusted brand.

If you’re interested in joining the No Letting Go franchise network, request an information pack or call back to find out more.

No Letting Go is expanding. With over 65 branches spread across the UK, we are always striving to be the first stop for the nation’s property reporting needs.

Our professional property inventory services are now reaching further afield, with two new offices recently opening in Hertford and Basingstoke. Let us introduce you to the newest members of the No Letting Go team.

No Letting Go Hertford

The new branch of No Letting Go in Hertford, Hertfordshire is being headed up by Moira Hendrick. Moira is an experienced property reporting specialist with a great local knowledge of the property market in the surrounding area. Coming from a background of customer service, administration and management, Moira is well practiced in providing an excellent service for her clients.

When searching for a property franchise opportunity, Moira came across the No Letting Go scheme. According to Moira; “No Letting Go stood out because of reputation, low start up costs and support”. She is looking forward to building her business with the help of her experienced clerk, Danny.

The Herford team pride themselves on going the extra mile for customers, accommodating last minute bookings whenever they can. They welcome any property agent or landlord to get in touch.

Contact: hertford@nolettinggo.co.uk
07950 007 004

No Letting Go Basingstoke

The new No Letting Go Basingstoke office in Hampshire is run by married couple Rob and Margaret Rymill. While the pair have followed very different career paths, their knowledge of the local area has put them in a fantastic position to lead this branch. Rob has a background in the electronics industry in sales and marketing, while Margaret has spent her career teaching 3-6 year olds in a range of settings.

Both Rob and Margaret hope to spend the next 12 months developing their knowledge of the industry to establish No Letting Go as a centre for property management in the Basingstoke area.

Contact: basingstoke@nolettinggo.co.uk
07957 187 268 / 07538 111 718

What is a Property Franchise?

Franchising is the process of buying a ready-made start-up, allowing franchisees to launch their own businesses with the added support and security of a well-known company behind them. A franchise with No Letting Go offers training, branding and the expert knowledge to get your business off on the right foot.

Our Property Management Services

No Letting Go provide a range of professional, unbiased services to help property professionals, lettings agents and landlords manage their investments.

From Legionella risk assessments and CO reports to right to rent checks and vacant property inspections – No Letting Go are here to guarantee no stone is left unturned.

We specialise in property inventory management for which we provide a comprehensive written and photographic report of all items within a property. Using the latest technology to ensure landlords and their representatives recover all costs against tenant deposits, No Letting Go provides a trusted service.

To find out how No Letting Go could help, browse our list of property management services today.