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.
Rental demand from Japanese corporates moving to London peaked in April but we are still handling plenty of enquiries from professionals looking for homes in the capital, moving to London on secondment with major Japanese companies, mainly involved in banking, finance, trade and manufacturing.
This year, we’ve seen shortages of housing stock and we estimate that levels are down 30% – 40% on last year. These limited stocks are a problem across the London rental market at the moment, meaning it is harder for Japanese professionals to find a suitable property that meets their needs, making it even more important for applicants to move quickly when they find the right property.
Amongst the most popular developments with Japanese professionals are Dickens Yard in Ealing, Fulham Reach and Sovereign Court, both in Hammersmith, London Dock in Wapping, Sugar Quay and One Blackfriars in the City, and Kings Gate Walk in Victoria. These developments tick a lot of boxes for most applicants and they are generally close to tube stations, have good security (including a concierge), excellent facilities and good amenities such as supermarkets, restaurants and shops nearby.
We currently have rental properties available in all these developments, so if you are moving to London soon and looking to rent a property here, please call us to arrange a viewing.
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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