I took up employment with IBM Greenock in August 2009 - IBM has a deal with Castle Estates which means CE receives a truckload of international new starts and provides them with the worst service and properties possible.
Staff is very nice right until you sign the contract. I can confirm that they send contractors with keys entirely unannouced. I have lived in the area ever since and strangely am yet to meet a single person who has received their entire deposit back - I felt pretty cheated when the pristine condition I returned the flat to them in was enough to warrant a carpet cleaning bill for over £340 - Especially surprising when you consider that the only room with carpet was a sort of office/ storage room with 10 sqm at most.
Crooks and thieves, happy to think the worst of people or a least make people feel both treated unfairly and rudely.
If you are taking up employment with IBM and you\'re a foreigner: Please try not to rent through Castle Estates. Move to Largs (which is nicer anyway) and rent from Acre Lettings or a private landlord.
In fact, if you\'re a foreigner and are about to take up employment with IBM Greenock - don\'t. One hand washes the other, said one con artist to another.
What agent could do to change your mind?
Being respectful, answering to queries and executing repairs swiftly, not breaking into the house without notice and giving at least SOMEONE a deposit back wholly