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.
Tamae works alongside Yoshi and Kaz 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.
Throughout 2019 rental demand from Japanese applicants has been steady with concerns about Brexit having little or no effect. Enquiry levels have remained high throughout the year, with three distinct seasons when demand peaked – March/April/May, July and October. In particular, during the spring peak season between March and May we concluded a very high number of transactions.
Lack of stock had a significant impact on business this year. High quality properties in sought-after developments were reserved by applicants as soon as they came back onto the market, usually two months before they became available. But because Japanese people arrive in London only a month before they wish to move in to their new home often this did not allow applicants enough time to find a rental home. We worked hard to overcome this by liaising with applicants in Japan as much as possible before they moved to London.
Professionals working in finance, trading and manufacturingdominated rental demand. With most finance and trading companies located in the City, most of these applicants have preferred locations near this area. Manufacturing companies are mainly located in West London so these executives tend to prefer a home within a 30 minute drive of their West London office.
Nine Elms is the next hotspot for Japanese tenants, along with White City Living which has also been popular since its launch earlier this year. Dickens Yard, Fulham Reach, Sovereign Court, Kew Bridge, London Dock, Sugar Quay and One Tower Bridge were also extremely popular with Japanese professionals this year.
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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