Tamae works alongside Yoshi in our Japan Desk team. Born and raised in the UK, she has lived in Japan for many years, giving her exposure to both cultures. She has a University Degree in Architecture which adds value to her role in the property sector. She is a keen traveller, having travelled to over 100 cities and is hoping to visit many more.
Haruka brings with her solid experience of the international property market where she started outin 2011 working as an Administrator in a Japanese asset management company. Moving on to the investment division of a leading realtor in 2015, she became involved in the acquisition and management of high-value properties, concentrating on increasing their value before resale. Haruka also worked as a brokerage project manager before joining Benham and Reeves where she joins the Japan Desk team. A keen cook who loves the outdoor life, Haruka keeps fit by playing tennis.
Demand from Japanese professionals looking for a rental property in London has been very high over the last few weeks and definitely higher than at this time last year. We’re expecting demand to increase still further as we move towards March and April – April is usually the busiest season of the year. We have already concluded more tenancies during January and February than for the entire first quarter last year.
New developments are always popular amongst Japanese professionals and Dickens Yard in Ealing, Fulham Reach, London Dock, One Tower Bridge and White City Living are amongst the most popular currently. Principal Tower is also attracting a lot of interest and we have already placed tenants there. A good location, facilities, good storage, proximity to good transport links and supermarkets (within a five minute walk) and a 24 hour concierge are all among the top priorities for Japanese tenants.
At the moment, typical budgets for finance professionals in central London are £2300 - £2900 pcm for a one bed apartment or £2500 - £3800pcm for a two bed. Professionals in manufacturing, engineering and trade tend to have slightly smaller budgets - £1900pcm- £2600pcm for a one bed and £2300-£3000pcm for a two bed – these are usually located in West London.
Shortages of stock remain a problem. Most Japanese professionals aim to secure a property within four weeks of arriving in London but by this time the best properties are usually taken. That means they will have to wait at least another month before securing a good home so we would urge anyone moving to London soon to start their search online or get in touch with us as soon as possible.
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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