Letters of Distinction
York, YO24
3.8/5, 65 reviews
69% recommended
89% lettings valuation accuracy
69% lettings fee satisfaction

“Letters of Distinction has been managing our apartment in York ......”

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Jun 26,2015
Minithumbup
By: 'Patricia Macartney'
Jun 26,2015
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Letters of Distinction has been managing our apartment in York for 10 years. The occupancy rate has been very high with only a few weeks during that period without a tenant.

Four years ago we retired to New Zealand, which is about the furthest civilised point from York, and we have relied on Letters of Distinction to look after our interests. They have ensured that the property is always in pristine condition, informing us when cosmetic refurbishment is advisable and updating the furnishings in good time. They have obtained estimates and supervised the work. They respond immediately to any communications from us or from the tenants, their administration is efficient and they use their initiative. I can highly recommend this letting agent.

Patricia Macartney, Motueka, New Zealand
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Letters of Distinction
169 Holgate Road
York
North Yorkshire
YO24 4DF
01904 529539

Performance statistics
Services Valuation Accuracy Fees Satisfaction Min Price of property reviewed Max Price of property reviewed
Lettings 89% 69% £450 £1,700
Review statistics
From Landlords From Tenants From Vendors From Buyers Other
25 4 17 16 1 0 2 0 0 0
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Services offered
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  • Block Management
  • Surveys
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“Would give 0 stars if I could. Weeks of chasi......”

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Jan 11,2020
Minithumbdown
By: 'Abi'
Jan 11,2020
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Would give 0 stars if I could. Weeks of chasing to respond to emails and fobbed off to be told 'we will be called back' to no avail. No deposit return breakdown provided for 2 and a half months after vacating and they would not return any ...
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“Victoria North - Useless, rude, unprofessiona......”

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Jan 11,2020
Minithumbdown
By: 'Matt F'
Jan 11,2020
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Victoria North - Useless, rude, unprofessional and incompetent. We left the flat absolutely spotless and then charged a ridiculous £220 out of our deposit for cleaning an oven which had been done before we left (quite literally, the invoice says oven cleaning). When we pushed back ...
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“Terrible experience. The staff are extremely ......”

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Nov 19,2019
Minithumbdown
By: 'A M'
Nov 19,2019
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Terrible experience. The staff are extremely rude and unprofessional, particularly Victoria North. Despite chasing them and giving them 42 days to provide a cost breakdown of the proposed charges, we received no adequate response and every time we rang, the correct manager was 'in a meeting'. ...
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“Sally Male is THE BEST! We just moved to York......”

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Sep 28,2019
Minithumbup
By: 'Amanda'
Sep 28,2019
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Sally Male is THE BEST! We just moved to York from the United States and we couldn't find a place to live. We were stressed and we tried going everywhere to find a place and just kept coming up empty handed. However, from day one, ...
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“They always side with the landlord....”

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Aug 22,2019
Minithumbdown
By: 'David'
Aug 22,2019
1 people found
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They always side with the landlord, even when the landlord is clearly in breach of contract. Repair requests take forever to get resolved and you have to chase them constantly. Rude and threatening staff, worthy of a debt collection agent. I’m glad I’m ...
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“I rented through them for 5 years.Never get ......”

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Aug 21,2019
Minithumbdown
By: 'David'
Aug 21,2019
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I rented through them for 5 years. Never get things resolved and they always side with the landlord. Repair requests take forever to get dealt with. Rude and threatening staff, worthy of a dept collection agency....
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“Awful experience...”

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Jul 05,2019
Minithumbdown
By: 'Mif'
Jul 05,2019
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Awful experience. Never ever trust them if you are looking to rent a property. Hopeless. Don't expect your deposit back once you have given them. No matter how you clean the property before leaving they won't give you back. Always biased and takes landlord side....
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“We lived in a property at Pembroke Street for more ......”

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Mar 12,2019
Minithumbdown
By: 'Zhi Zhang'
Mar 12,2019
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We lived in a property at Pembroke Street for more than 3 years, we planned to move out 16th of last December, but the agency told us we must pay rent to the end of December, so we paid whole month rent, then in November we ...
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“Fantastic service...”

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Apr 25,2018
Minithumbup
By: 'Amy Rose'
Apr 25,2018
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Letters of Distinction were incredibly helpful in assisting me and my friend in renting our first property. They were always easy to get in contact with and were quick to offer any help that was needed. We were able to move in a month and ...
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“Terrible service for renters.Maryam was unhelpful, failed to take ......”

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Oct 31,2017
Minithumbdown
By: 'Still no deposit'
Oct 31,2017
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Terrible service for renters. Maryam was unhelpful, failed to take any responsibility or ownership of a dispute I had, despite me emailing at least 3 times over 6 months asking for a resolution. I have still not had my deposit or rental overpayment returned, despite being officially ...
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I have yet to receive my overpayment or deposit, and they claim it takes them 10 working days to process after they have resolved any queries. Under the TDS guidelines they should return the deposit within 10 days
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“My experience with Letters of Distinction has been the most ......”

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Aug 17,2017
Minithumbdown
By: 'Jo'
Aug 17,2017
2 people found
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My experience with Letters of Distinction has been the most stressful, upsetting time I have ever encountered. The administration fees are ridiculously high, for example, if you choose to renew your tenancy, you must pay 60.00. From the start of my tenancy, I was made to ...
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The fees are unnecessarily high
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“I would not give Letters of Distinction 1 star however this ......”

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Jul 26,2017
Minithumbup
By: 'Jasmine'
Jul 26,2017
1 people found
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I would not give Letters of Distinction 1 star however this was necessary to leave this review. What can I say about letters if distinction? Should you wish to use an unorganised, unhelpful, rude and extortionately priced letting agent you've come to the right place! I ...
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The fees are astonishing, to change the date on signing my tenancy agreement a couple of hours later would have been an additional fee of £50, to change a number in a diary...
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By: Francesca McCarthy
Jul 26, 2017
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Dear Jasmine I have investigated your complaint and wanted to come back to you as soon as possible to address your comments. I would have liked the option to respond to this directly but unfortunately this is the first I have heard of your dissatisfaction of our service following you vacating the premises. When signing for a rental we can never absolutely assure that something will be long term, the truth is that people do generally stay within the building you were living for long er te ...

“I rented a house that was managed by letters of ......”

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Mar 22,2017
Minithumbdown
By: 'PoorYorkie'
Mar 22,2017
2 people found
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I rented a house that was managed by letters of distinction which means I had no contact with the owner of the house. The reason I give a low rating for this agency is because of the amount of money I basically threw down the ...
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Comment on agent fees
Bad, very high fees. Some fees are not listed in tenancy pack like deposit admin fees.
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By: Francesca McCarthy
Mar 30, 2017
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Thank you for your feedback, we absolutely take all comments on board and whilst I am of course disappointed that the feedback is negative I wanted to take the time to go through this and address your concerns. I would have liked the opportunity to discuss the comments with you directly but unfortunately no name has been left. In terms of fees we conduct regular checks on other agents to ensure that we are competitively priced. We do pride ourselves on a fair and transparent fee structure and a ...

“Not so helpful and heard lots that they DONT give ......”

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Oct 18,2016
Minithumbdown
By: 'Crooks'
Oct 18,2016
2 people found
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Not so helpful and heard lots that they DONT give back your deposit even when apartment has been professionally cleaned .... so many past Tenants have been STUNG! Not getting all deposit back. You wouldn't mind but you work hard for that money they whisk away ...
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BAD - £60 for renewal? It's a sub standard letter on PC that needs one touch of button! Pfffttt! Robbing sods ...
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By: Francesca McCarthy
Mar 30, 2017
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Thank you for your feedback, apologies for the delay in response but this review had not been seen until now. There is a great deal of administration that is involved within the renewal process which is why there is a charge for this service, in comparison to other agents we do regularly check and our fees are lower than average. Within the application pack that you sign prior to proceeding with the tenancy it does clearly state every charge within a table to include a clear breakdown on every f ...

“Great experience. Everything was very quick and easy. The team ......”

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Sep 19,2016
Minithumbup
By: 'Adriana and Razvan'
Sep 19,2016
3 people found
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Great experience. Everything was very quick and easy. The team very friendly and they did everything to please both parts. I would highly recommend this agency to everyone who wants to move quick and without much effort. They help you with everything. Thank you Letters ...
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Good
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“Fantastic service from a very professional organisation with great attention ......”

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May 11,2016
Minithumbup
By: 'Andrew J'
May 11,2016
4 people found
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Fantastic service from a very professional organisation with great attention to detail and customer service paramount. Nothing was to much trouble and everything dealt with positively, efficiently and courteously. Highly recommended....
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Better than some
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“An incredible team of professionals. Very fair and decent with ......”

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May 05,2016
Minithumbup
By: 'Letters of complete distinction!'
May 05,2016
4 people found
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An incredible team of professionals. Very fair and decent with and even handed approach towards tenants/landlords. Any property issues are dealt with in a timely manner. This York based company are highly recommended. Becki Bulmer and Francesca McCarthy are stars!...
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good
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“Awful experience. Never ever trust them if you are looking ......”

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Mar 28,2016
Minithumbdown
By: 'Imy'
Mar 28,2016
3 people found
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Awful experience. Never ever trust them if you are looking to rent a property. Hopeless. Don't expect your deposit back once you have given them. No matter how you clean the property before leaving they won't give you back. Always biased and takes landlord side....
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“Having used this agency for 7 years, have once again found ......”

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Mar 18,2016
Minithumbup
By: 'J&J'
Mar 18,2016
3 people found
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Having used this agency for 7 years, have once again found their service admirable. Quick to find new and suitable tenants plus staff and management contractors always obliging....
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Fees are fair and competitive.
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“I have used Letters of Distinction for many years now ......”

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Feb 24,2016
Minithumbup
By: 'PeteSh'
Feb 24,2016
3 people found
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I have used Letters of Distinction for many years now and have always been happy with their dedication, professionalism and ability to provide good quality tenants for my properties....
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Reasonable
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“Friendly staff who were brilliant at keeping in touch throughout ......”

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Feb 23,2016
Minithumbup
By: 'Laura shipway'
Feb 23,2016
3 people found
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Friendly staff who were brilliant at keeping in touch throughout the process. Reasonable fees, everything done properly and we were fully informed along the way as we were first time renters. Would recommend to anyone moving into the area....
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Reasonable fees
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“As new Landlords Letters took all the stress out of ......”

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Feb 01,2016
Minithumbup
By: 'Jeremy Dixon'
Feb 01,2016
3 people found
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As new Landlords Letters took all the stress out of letting our property. We have found all the staff to be professional, friendly and reassuringly efficient....
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We haven't much experience but on first impressions we thought their fees were very reasonable.
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“Letters of Distinction are top notch. Sophie has really made ......”

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Nov 26,2015
Minithumbup
By: 'Thanos Andronikos'
Nov 26,2015
3 people found
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Letters of Distinction are top notch. Sophie has really made the experience trouble-free and saved us a lot of the moving stress. She is very professional, organised, and considerate. We would recommend them to anyone looking for a house in York and will absolutely continue ...
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“I highly recommend Letters of distinction as a real estate ......”

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Oct 01,2015
Minithumbup
By: 'Anna'
Oct 01,2015
3 people found
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I highly recommend Letters of distinction as a real estate agency. They are efficient and nice. Everything was done in a timely manner (only seven days between the visit of our place and us moving in.) Scott, whom we've been in contact with most of ...
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“I dealt with Letters of Distinction when I needed a ......”

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Sep 28,2015
Minithumbup
By: 'Jay'
Sep 28,2015
3 people found
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I dealt with Letters of Distinction when I needed a short term let whilst trying to find a property to buy. They were very professional from start to finish and would recommend them. Very thorough upon entry and leaving the property. Becky was lovely to ...
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“Letters of Distinction have managed my property seamlessly for 7 years. ......”

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Aug 10,2015
Minithumbup
By: 'Dr Fabian Seymour'
Aug 10,2015
3 people found
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Letters of Distinction have managed my property seamlessly for 7 years. They have always been there to answer any questions and have demonstrated the highest level of professionalism, integrity and customer service I have ever experienced. I have felt extremely confident and relaxed knowing that my ...
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“Francesca has been very helpful throughout setting up my tenancy, ......”

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Jul 31,2015
Minithumbup
By: 'Jodie'
Jul 31,2015
3 people found
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Francesca has been very helpful throughout setting up my tenancy, always available to answer my many questions! She is very friendly and knowledgable, the company is very professional and I would highly recommend them!...
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“Letters of Distinction have been my letting agent for 4 years ......”

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Jul 22,2015
Minithumbup
By: 'Shona'
Jul 22,2015
3 people found
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Letters of Distinction have been my letting agent for 4 years now. I would have no hesitation in recommending them. They have been great at finding reputable tenants, which to me is most important making the rest of their superb service a real bonus. Scott deserves ...
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Reasonable
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“Letters of Distinction have acted as our letting agents for ......”

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Jul 16,2015
Minithumbup
By: 'P & W H.'
Jul 16,2015
2 people found
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Letters of Distinction have acted as our letting agents for two years now. We have had one change of tenant in that time and everything has always gone perfectly smoothly. It is so good to deal with Agents who are so professional, immediately do what ...
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These are fair
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“Letters of Distinction has been managing our apartment in York ......”

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Jun 26,2015
Minithumbup
By: 'Patricia Macartney'
Jun 26,2015
2 people found
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Letters of Distinction has been managing our apartment in York for 10 years. The occupancy rate has been very high with only a few weeks during that period without a tenant. Four years ago we retired to New Zealand, which is about the furthest civilised point ...
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