Kazuyoshi (Kaz) works with our Japan Desk and looks after properties occupied by our Japanese tenants. With a keen interest in London property, Kaz is fluent in native-Japanese and English and enjoys getting out of the office to visit the properties he manages. For leisure pursuits, Kaz enjoys horse riding - which he started at the age of 9 - plus show jumping and dressage.
Hideka joined Benham and Reeves as a Property Manager and provides administrative assistance to our busy Japan Desk team. With a passionate interest in London property and providing good customer care, Hideka enjoys looking after the properties she manages ensuring that everything is maintained to the standards expected. In her free time, Hideka enjoys being outdoors, practicing Japanese dancing and learning foreign languages.
Rental demand from Japanese corporate tenants continues to grow – enquiry levels have been increasing for the last few weeks, mainly from Japanese professionals still living in Japan but moving to London over the summer. Many have visited London once or twice, perhaps on a business trip, but most have never lived in the UK so our support and guidance is very important to them, both to help them choose the right location and with the organisation of their move to London.
Generally, London is still experiencing shortages of good rental properties due to the high demand from applicants so many clients are finding it difficult to find the right property. Most are unfamiliar with London postcodes and areas and perhaps search generically for ‘an apartment in central London or west London for £600 per week’ – this is quite vague so can make an effective property search difficult.
My role therefore often centres on helping advise applicants on the developments available and the pros and cons of each area so they can clearly see which is suitable in terms of amenities, transport connections and the local area.
So high is rental demand that we often have waiting lists of tenants already referenced and waiting for properties to become available. So if you are planning a move to London soon, please do get in touch with me. Even if you cannot see a suitable apartment on our website, I can help you narrow down your search area and I may have properties about to become available that are not yet on the website.
Unlike many other companies, our Japan desk has many unique advantages:
We provide a dedicated account manager throughout the whole process to act as the main contact, handling any issues or questions that arise.
Before the employee arrives, we will discuss both the company and the employee’s needs to establish priorities in terms of
so that you can be confident your new rental home meets all your requirements.
We will research all suitable properties within the specified budget, offering advice on areas which we believe will meet your needs and be conveniently located for your job, with good transport links. Once you have approved the properties you wish to view, we will take you take you around to view all the properties including pointing out where the local amenities, such as shops, gyms and of course where the local transport is.
Once a property has been selected we will negotiate the best terms complying with any specific requirements made by the company.
And once the offer is agreed, we will draw up the tenancy agreement (using the company’s agreement where one has been previously approved), register the deposit with an approved scheme (where tenancy is in employee’s name) and complete other essential documentation to ensure that both company and employee are fully protected under UK law.
When you move into your new home, we provide assistance from attending the inventory check-in (if required) to supplying relevant information about the property such as instructions for appliances and support setting up accounts with council tax, gas, electricity and other service providers.
Most companies insist employees rent a professionally managed property as this means repairs or maintenance issues are handled quickly. Over 65% of the properties we let are managed by us so employee and company can rest assured that the property will be well-maintained and hassle-free.
Your dedicated account manager will be on hand during the tenancy to assist with any issues or questions that arise.
Many of our corporate tenants are so happy in their rental home that they choose to renew their tenancy at the end of their tenancy agreement. If so, we will handle any negotiation with the landlord and the completion of a new tenancy agreement on the company’s or employee’s behalf. If a new property is required, then we will research suitable properties in the chosen location and ensure that they meet the employee’s criteria to avoid time wasting or the need for additional searches.
At the end of the tenancy, we will assist both employee and company with the end of tenancy procedure, including recommending reliable and reasonably priced cleaners and attending the inventory check-out (if required).
Once the tenancy has ended and the inventory check-out has been completed, we will liase with the landlord to ensure deductions are reasonable and push for a speedy return of the deposit.
We offer a number of additional services for HR departments including
And of course we are always available to offer professional advice and assistance - we view our relationships with companies as long term and as such are always available to help where required.
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