Zhou is an enthusiastic member of the China Desk property management team currently responsible for new build properties belonging to our growing base of Chinese landlords. He also looks after all maintenance issues and liaises with contractors to ensure our Chinese tenants have a good experience. A native Chinese speaker, Zhou has an undergraduate degree and Masters in Law which comes in handy for his role that requires attention to detail and good negotiation skills. In his spare time, Zhou unwinds at the gym, likes swimming and table tennis.
China – comment by Marc von Grundherr
Coronavirus dampens Chinese investor demand for London property
Chinese investors continue to show interest in buying London property although clearly coronavirus and the current restrictions on travel are having an impact on enquiries. With many Chinese not able to obtain a visa at the moment, investors are unable to visit the UK in person, so enquiries are coming in online and via our Shanghai branch but we expect demand to be slower than usual until the outbreak ends and the situation improves.
Rental demand from Chinese professionals is also being affected and we are seeing a downturn in the number of new applicants moving to London. We are however carrying out regular viewings remotely by video in preparation for when restrictions are lifted. Summer and autumn are the busiest times when it comes to rental demand from students who make up a significant proportion of applicants so this slowdown in rental enquiries is only having limited impact as we are not yet near this peak season. Our Asian landlords understand current difficulties though and realise that properties may take longer to rent at the moment due to fewer applicants coming to the UK from Asia.
Several unique benefits allow our China Desk to stand out from our competitors:
You are assigned a dedicated account manager as your main point of contact right from the start who will walk you through the entire process.
Some important parameters (company and employee) will need to be set before arrival in London, including:
Using the above criteria, we will narrow our search and provide a list of suitable easy- to-reach properties for viewing. We will then escort you to the viewings as we can then also point out key amenities and transport hubs.
After a property has been chosen, we will negotiate the best terms, ensuring that all the specific company requirements are fully met.
We will then subsequently draw up the tenancy agreement (or, if required, use the pre-existing company document), register the deposit with an appropriate scheme if the tenancy is in the employee’s name and complete all other necessary documentation required under UK law.
We can assist with certain mundane, yet unavoidable tasks such as inventory checks and the management of utilities prior to moving in. Electric, gas and Council Tax accounts can be set up and appliance instructions supplied.
A fully managed property ensures that maintenance issues are kept to a minimum and that tenancies are problem-free. Two thirds of our properties have opted for this service.
Your dedicated account manager is just phone call or email away.
As their tenancy period comes to an end, a good number of our corporate clients choose to renew their agreements. We will be on hand to negotiate a new contract or, if required, to acquire a new rental property on your behalf.
When a tenancy does come to an end, we are on hand to recommend professional cleaners and, if required, to attend any inventory checks.
A smooth end to a tenancy agreement is in everyone’s best interest, so after the inventory check-out is complete, we will ensure that any reasonable deductions are made by the landlord with a view to returning your deposit as soon as possible.
We offer a choice of additional resources for HR professionals including:
We strongly feel that the best business outcomes are based on established partnerships and with this in mind, we continually strive to give the best long-term advice and assistance attainable.
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