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.
Rental demand from Japanese corporate tenants has been increasing again, with a number of companies relocating executives to London at the moment so we expect this upturn in enquiries to continue throughout October and November. The shortage of rental properties in London remains a problem but, with several new developments completing over the next few months we expect this situation to ease a little and we should soon have better availability of the high spec apartments in brand new developments that our Japanese applicants prefer.
New developments White City Living and Television Centre (both in White City) are both extremely popular with Japanese applicants due to their proximity to Westfield London and Japan Centre Ichiba, Europe’s largest Japanese Food Hall. Professionals working for manufacturing companies west of London, particularly along the M4 corridor, often choose to live in residential developments in West London including Hammersmith, Ealing and Kew Bridge. Singles and couples working in the finance industry tend to opt for apartments in the City, Wapping, Victoria and Kings Cross.
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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