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.
As a native Japanese speaker, Yuka joined Benham and Reeves as a property manager as well as providing assistance to our busy Japan Desk. Yuka has 21 years’ experience working in the property industry, assisting with the relocation of Japanese and other global corporate clients. With a passion for good customer care, Yuka strives always to provide the highest standards of service. In Yuka’s free time, she enjoys dining in new restaurants and finds cooking very therapeutic.
March, April and May are the busiest months for Japanese corporates as companies relocate their staff as part of their annual changeover. This year is no exception and rental demand is therefore very high now. Many landlords ask us to find them a Japanese tenant if possible if their property is available at this time of year - they make excellent tenants, looking after the property well and paying their rent on time. So if you wish to rent your apartment to a Japanese tenant, this is the ideal time.
Brand new or very recently built developments are by far the most popular with Japanese applicants who do not usually like period buildings. In terms of location, they prefer to be within walking distance of a tube station and local amenities such as supermarkets – a five minute walk is ideal but certainly no more than 10 minutes. Most are security conscious so a 24 hour concierge is a must.
Corporate budgets are good and, depending on the company, range from £1800-£2700 per month for a one bed to £2300-£3700 per month for a two bed apartment.
Our Japan desk is liaising directly with professionals still in Japan who are scheduled to arrive in London over the next few weeks, so do get in touch with us if you are looking for a tenant.
We have recently let a flat in W14 to a Japanese tenant through your Japanese Desk and have been very pleased with the service your company has provided and the speed with which the tenant was found. Your negotiator Yoshi has overseen the process and ensured that any questions and queries from both ourselves and the tenant have been answered. Thanks very much and we look forward to doing further business with you.
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Reliable & Hard Working
I have been very happy with your service, I believe my property would be looked after very well under your company's management. I want to say thanks to Yoshi who works for Japanese Desk, he is very good too: reliable, hard-working, very polite.
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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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