David Philips
London, N4
1.3/5, 13 reviews
8% recommended
0% sales valuation accuracy
0% sales fee satisfaction
0% lettings valuation accuracy
0% lettings fee satisfaction

“Do not use this agency. We let a flat with ......”

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Oct 31,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'Newboy'
Oct 31,2013
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Do not use this agency. We let a flat with them for 15 months. Rent was always late, by three months in the end, and they owed us over £6500 at the end of the contract. They failed to get gas certificates, claiming the boiler did not meeting standards so certificates were not issued. Strange as our subsequent managing agent passed the boiler with no concerns on its inspection. They failed to register the tenants deposit, and during the tenancy I had to deal with many issues raised by tenants as they could not get in touch with David Philips. I could write pages of problems we encountered because of their appalling management. The Tenants looked into claiming deposits back and were told they have to take landlords to court as they have final responsibility. The landlord can then take the agent to court. We worked with the tenants and took DP to small claims court after three months. Badgering, threats, etc were no use as the promises they made were subsequently ignored. I would give them a months written notice if you are owed money and then do the same. It was straightforward (information on gov.uk is good and was easy to follow) and we have recovered most of our money as the court ruled in our favour pretty quickly. We are now in the process of enforcing a judgment to get the rest I.e. bailiffs. Islington trading standards were not much use. They appear to be keeping an eye on things rather than pressuring DP. It is embarrassing for DP that staff have to tell their customers to take Copestake to court and give out the ITS number to help reclaim money. There is a real power struggle going on there and I would keep your property and money well away from them.
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David Philips
12 Crouch Hill
Stroud Green,London
Greater London
N4 4AU
020 7686 7676

Performance statistics
Services Valuation Accuracy Fees Satisfaction Min Price of property reviewed Max Price of property reviewed
Sales 0% 0% £0 £0
Lettings 0% 0% £1,300 £1,300
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  • Block Management
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“We rented a property through David Philips Stroud Green branch. ......”

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Jul 15,2014
Minithumbdown
By: 'GreatEscape'
Jul 15,2014
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We rented a property through David Philips Stroud Green branch. It took them 4 weeks to clean the property to an acceptable level (after a 'professional clean' the floor hadn't even been vacuumed). One week after moving in we discovered that the Landlord didn't own the ...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
Establish the legality of the tenancy they were proposing. Employ a professional cleaner who has a vacuum cleaner.
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We paid a total of ‚£240 in fees. What DP did for these as far as we could tell is print out a tenancy agreement. They made attempt to establish that the property was even rentable and they used an external referencing agency which I ended having to liaise with directly.
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“We purchased our property through David Phillips about 12 years ago ......”

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Feb 07,2014
Minithumbdown
By: 'Doubting'
Feb 07,2014
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We purchased our property through David Phillips about 12 years ago for my son and his wife to live in while they were at university. They moved out about six years ago and we decided to let it out. At first the relationship was good, we ...
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By: Milo
Mar 14, 2014
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Hi Tom, Really sad to read your's and all the other reviews on the site. It was a great place to work at the time but I've heard some dreadful thigs over the past couple of years. I do hope that you've managed to sell the flat, and more importantly hope you are well, I miss your stories about the good old days of Fleet Street. Milo ...

“Don't go near this property letter!!!!!! No deposit returned. Generally ......”

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Nov 12,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'Andy'
Nov 12,2013
2 people found
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Don't go near this property letter!!!!!! No deposit returned. Generally poor service. He has not returned my sons deposit or payed his full rent to the owner....
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“Do not use this agency. We let a flat with ......”

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Oct 31,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'Newboy'
Oct 31,2013
6 people found
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Do not use this agency. We let a flat with them for 15 months. Rent was always late, by three months in the end, and they owed us over £6500 at the end of the contract. They failed to get gas certificates, claiming the boiler did not ...
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“Just wanted to also share our experiences of David Philips. ......”

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Sep 21,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'hacked_off'
Sep 21,2013
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Just wanted to also share our experiences of David Philips. He acted as the letting agent for our property for a year - not once paid the rent on time, and we repeatedly had to go into the office, email and phone. He never responded, ...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
The agent could have: - Paid on time - Been contactable - Not owed us one months rent and a deposit
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“I rented my flat out through these people, I have ......”

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Sep 14,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'abbe'
Sep 14,2013
4 people found
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I rented my flat out through these people, I have been owed several months rent and I have now found out that they haven't transferred the deposit to a third party and I cannot get the money back. I believe this to be criminal. Whatever ...
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By: Milo
Mar 14, 2014
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Hi Bob and Abbe, Just been told about this site and have been having a read through the comments. Really, really sorry to hear of the massive problems that you (and many others) have had. It was always fairly simple to jump on David and get rents paid while I was there but it looks like that just went out of the window after I left. I just hope that you manage to track him down and get some sort of sattisfaction. Milo ...

“After seven months of trying to get my tenant's deposit ......”

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Aug 25,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'Frances'
Aug 25,2013
3 people found
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After seven months of trying to get my tenant's deposit back from David Copestake I went to the money claims court online. I was worried because the money had not been put in a protected scheme. David Copestake paid the deposit back but not the £70 ...
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“It is shocking to me to read some of the ......”

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Aug 04,2013
Minithumbup
By: 'elinor_cerys'
Aug 04,2013
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It is shocking to me to read some of the reviews that are detailed below on this site. Not only did I have a positive experience with David Philips but I also feel that some of the comments below are unjustified and disproportionate. I have ...
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By: Kev
Sep 10, 2013
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Looper and everyone. Just ignore Cerys. She is Sian Newman's sister. Sian is married to David Philip Copestake. Cerys no doubt is spending our money as I type. ...

“David Copestake was always out of the office when I ......”

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May 30,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'Frances'
May 30,2013
7 people found
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David Copestake was always out of the office when I phoned. He did not respond to phone calls or emails. I received rent only after badgering the office - sometimes as many as eight times per month. I realised that David Copestake was not seeing ...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
He could have paid the money that was due to me.
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By: Looper
Jun 05, 2013
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DP have just returned the tenants deposit to me, do not know if this was due to Islington Trading Standards, the liquidators or me publishing my experience on places like this. Note: The landlord is responsible for the deposit even if it is paid it to an agent ...

“It is more than 6 months since I moved out of ......”

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May 21,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'tenant'
May 21,2013
5 people found
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It is more than 6 months since I moved out of a David Phillips managed property and I still do not have my deposit back. I have contacted them many times, now they simply do not return my calls. I have checked and my deposit was ...
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“As a landlord they have owed me 1300 pounds for over 6 ......”

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Apr 29,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'david'
Apr 29,2013
12 people found
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As a landlord they have owed me 1300 pounds for over 6 months. David Copestake who has not returned any call we have made to him, tells his staff he has paid money that he owes but hasn't. Avoid at all cost.. David Evans (st johns court)...
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By: Angry
May 28, 2013
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David I had the same experience - if your contract is with David Philips Ltd take out a small claims judgement against both David Copestake and his wife! They will pay, but if not seek a lawyer to get them struck off as directors - the sooner they are out of business the better!!!! Best of luck ...

“Like the other review renting out a property whilst overseas. ......”

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Mar 14,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'Looper'
Mar 14,2013
25 people found
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Like the other review renting out a property whilst overseas. First found out the property was rented from a neighbour. Must have used the same cleaners because inventory refers to things being grubby. No rent for the first few months, slow response when queried, eventual ...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
Pay on time. Follow up on queries. Issue some kind of remittance advice. Pay the rental money that they owe. Place ALL the tenants deposits in a deposit protection scheme. Transfer the deposit when you are no longer managing the property. Remove the property from their website when the property is rented, or at least when they no longer manage it. Jenny is obviously not up to the job, get her some help. Doug is not happy with the agencies attitude/way of working, he needs to move to a reputable agency.
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By: Kev
Apr 15, 2013
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Again renting out while overseas, I have had a similar experience with both rent and the tenants deposit and am also taking them to court. Jenny has also fobbed me off with stories of action but so far to no avail. They are not officially recognised as insolvency with the Insovlency Service though which is a bit of good news. ...

“David Philips are renting out my flat on my behalf ......”

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Jul 11,2011
Minithumbdown
By: 'Heidinine'
Jul 11,2011
20 people found
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David Philips are renting out my flat on my behalf while I work overseas for a few years, and I have been surprised by how dreadful they have been. At first they failed to communicate with us at all, so we had no idea whether ...
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