This may not be particularly helpful, but I don't actually have enough time to list in great detail exactly how badly Ludlow Thompson messed up our moving in process, nor how many confusing discussions and arguments have occurred between us, them and our landlords; suffice to say that when you're paying silly money for agency fees the first thing you expect is that you will be moving into an empty, clean, safe property. Rather than a filthy one with no smoke alarms, a boiler which (despite having a worthless gas safety certificate, the one thing we thought had been done properly pre-move) was later adjudged to be putting us in direct danger of carbon monoxide poisoning, and was shut off by the bloke who came to reset the pre-paid gas meter (which costs a fortune and we weren't told about, naturally), leaving us with no heat during the coldest week of the year.
Oh, and the small matter of the landlords still living there, apparently unaware they were supposed to move out, for the first 2 days. And their son. And their stuff all over the house for weeks afterwards. Admittedly mainly the landlords' fault, but my na£ve notion that highly-paid letting agents might actually check the property is in a decent state before renting it out was shot to pieces. There hasn't been one person who I've told about this who hasn't been shocked at the lack of professionalism. And I've told a lot of people.
Did I mention that we were originally told that we were moving in a week before this farce, meaning that one of us had arranged to move out of his place that day, and were only informed that this would be put back a week less than 48 hours before we were supposed to be moving in, thereby leaving him homeless? No? Well that's a minor detail now'