Rental demand amongst Chinese corporates remains strong and steady. When moving to London most are happy to view properties across the capital with no specific preferences as to location – as long as the development is new, contemporary and with a high spec and good amenities. In fact, all our 16 branches are currently finding homes for Chinese professionals within their catchment areas. Good transport links are important, but many Chinese are used to living in very large cities such as Shanghai and Beijing so are happy to consider a longer commute than many other nationalities – properties in Zones 4 and 5 are fine - as long as the property is right.
Applicants’ budgets are generally good and vary from around £300 per week for those looking for an affordable one bedroom flat to those looking for a super prime property such as a one bedroom apartment for more than £1500 per week.
Chinese investors continue to show strong interest in purchasing properties in London, although a slightly slower sales market at the moment means they are prepared to wait for exactly the right property at the right price. But when apartments in a good development come up, many are happy to buy multiple units - White City Living is one of the developments proving extremely popular. The weakness of sterling means that buying a property today is cheaper than say, five years ago.
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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