Typical estate agency where no one wants to make any effort to match landlords with tenants. I explained at length my financial circumstances - just left my last position after 7 years to start up my own company. Offered one year\'s rent upfront on a one year lease but the landlord apparently prefers to offer a one year lease to someone who is in employment today but may not have a job tomorrow.. The agent was unable or unwilling to explain to the landlord the benefit of receiving all of the money for the lease upfront rather than be paid monthly and be wholly dependent upon the tenant remaining in employment for the period of the lease. One wonders what estate agents like this actually do to justify their commissions. Apparently they have "rules" and anything that is slightly different to the "rules"does not merit consideration.
What agent could do to change your mind?
They should have explained to the landlord clearly and concisely that they had a prospective tenant who was happy to pay one year\'s rent upfront for the one year lease that was being offered. They might also have added that the prospective tenant had been renting a property via Hamptons for the past 7 years, at double the monthly rent that is being asked for the property they are offering, with an impeccable record throughout all of that time (Hamptons, like King and Chasemore are part of Countrywide Plc.).
The fact that they were unable to convey this information to the landlord speaks volumes about either the mental acuity of this company\'s employees or their willingness to do the job they are being paid to do, i.e.match landlords to tenants. Go figure.