“ Avoid these terrible agents!... ”

Jul 05,2018
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By: 'Kevin Zimmermann'
Jul 05,2018
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Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to read up the reviews on Belvoir Gants Hill until after I'd been conned out of my money. I first called to view An apartment around 2 weeks ago, I was greeted on the Phone by Carl. Carl, seemed to only care about what I was earning before he could be bothered to answer the questions I had about the property. After finally being taken seriously we agreed to meet the next day. My first worry was that the estate agents didn't even seem to know where the apartment was, there listing on zoopla had it down on a completely different road to the actual property. I called up with my concern and was greeted by Jannis who seemed lovely and explained the correct address and that her partner had forgotten his phone at the office. I went and met Carl who was very brash and abrupt, every other sentence would be 'well we have got viewings today and tomorrow' - something I highly doubted as the property had been listed since may and dropped in price 3 times, but I understand how estate agents work so I was happy to let him continue. Once inside the property it was clear someone had been living there, the oven hob was dirty and just general cleanliness. To my surprise carl says 'its just been refurbished and you'll be the first one to move in'. Any questions I had about the property Carl didn't seem to know and his response would be very non interested.

The next day after long thought I agreed to take the property, I was becoming quite desperate for a home and this one was a great location and seemed to be okay (With a bit of a scrub). Carl took £300 holding deposit as payment and then sent me an email the next day saying I must attend the office with my guarantor within 2 days. I'm currently cabin crew and I was heading off to Miami and wouldn't be back in time. In past properties I've rented before everything can be done by email and signing copies and sending them back - but no, not with Belvoir. My stepfather (the guarantor) agreed to go to work late on the Monday to drop off all the required documents, he arrived and stood outside at 9:30am waiting for them to open. I then received a phone call from him at 9:45 saying he was standing outside, the shutters are down and no one is answering the phone (to which I can prove the call logs). I explained for him not to worry and to go to work. The next day my stepfather called up the office again, and requested a time to drop in these documents and was promised a call back - as you can imagine the call back never came.

I arrived back on Tuesday evening and was due to attend on Wednesday to hand over my documents. Before I attended I Called up on Wednesday and spoke to Jannis. I explained my concern to Jannis after my stepfather was ignored and I explained what had happened. Jannis the became extremely hostile accusing my stepfather of not being here when he says he was and would threaten to end the conversation should I not listen to her lying to me about being in the office. Everytime I would try and explain I have proof he was there (parking tickets) she would then try to be passive aggressive 'Please don't raise your voice sir, I'm trying to work with you, not against you'. - I wasn't raising my voice in the slightest and this is clearly a tactic she's used before to make it seem as if the customer is being rude. We agreed to disagree, and I explained I didn't feel comfortable signing anymore documents without my stepfather (The guarantor) reading over them first and being in attendance with me. Because he works Monday-Friday and they're insisting we must attend the office I explained I can with him on Saturday. Jannis once again, become abrupt, rude and told me that wouldnt be possible because of the landlord losing potential tenants. (This is the same property thats been on the market for over 2 months, 3 more days can't hurt).

After our phone conversation Jannis asked me to put my thoughts in writing, during this time I looked up Belvoir Gants Hill and to my horror 50 percent of the reviews were from poorly treated customers/tennants. The reviews only confirmed my worries and I didn't feel comfortable handing over an extra £2300 to this kind of agent. After speaking to Jannis again I explained my worries and I mentioned the reviews to which she's accused me of threatening her with reviews and that theres 2 sides to every story. Yes Jannis, theres always 2 sides to a story, but when 50 percent of your reviews are saying you're crooks and the positive ones are clearly from your staff like 'carl' I'm inclined to go with my personal experience and the negative.

To sum up, I've refused to continue with this kind of company and Jannis has happily told me they'll be keeping my deposit. Please please please avoid this company. The Gants Hill branch seems to be a family run business that's only interested in your money and have the intent on supplying terrible customer service.
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By: Jannis
Jul 05, 2018
it's always interesting reading comments left on social media about agents by members of the public who feel it necessary to paint a picture different to the actual facts. Nonetheless, the staff at Belvoir Lettings, Gants Hill will continue providing a professional to all our customers

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