Tenant Direct
Southampton, SO14
2/5, 50 reviews
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26% lettings fee satisfaction

“For three years, I have occupied a flat at 34 Lodge ......”

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Nov 08,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'Roberto'
Nov 08,2013
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For three years, I have occupied a flat at 34 Lodge Road Southampton. During this time, I have experienced several issues that were at no point, remedied sufficiently, or at all. This was in spite of following all of the procedures for doing so, stated in the tenancy agreement. All requests and enquiries were met with either, no response, or complete denial of previous contact attempts. Towards the end of the tenancy, when it was evident that, one or other of the responsible parties refused to remedy issues, I was forced to contact Environmental Health. This was due to the unacceptable condition of the property.
Primarily, issues were with one radiator in the back room, which overlooks the garden. Once the heating was turned on, the radiator was only warming slightly at the top. This was the case, even if the heating was on for several hours. The landlord, on two occasions, sent round a ¢â‚¬Ëœhandy man', who removed the top of one of the valves, and depressed the lever inside several times, having sprayed it with WD40. These repairs lasted a few weeks each time, but the radiator never reached anywhere near the temperature of the others in the flat.
As time went on, black mould started to appear in the room. This was particularly at the top of the window, where there was evidence of previous mould growth ( within the first few weeks of moving in, the same ¢â‚¬Ëœhandy man' came round to paint over mould that was around the window ). Several more requests for maintenance to be carried out on the radiator were made, but nothing was done. This resulted in mould growing in corners of the room.
By the final winter, after continual requests for maintenance, the only radiator supplying any heat at all, was one in the room overlooking the street. Incidentally, this is the only room without mould. To make matters worse, it was at this point that the catch on the window of the back room broke. This meant that it was not possible to secure it, when pulled to. The result was to force my partner and me, to sleep in the front room, as when the wind blew, it opened the window. This linked with the lack of heating, damp and mould, made the conditions in all but one room, unbearable.
Before any maintenance was carried out, there was water dripping from the top of the window (from the ceiling, inside the frame), extensive mould in all but one room and only one working radiator. These conditions caused damage to my property, and resulted in enormous heating bills, which were the result of trying to warm up, and subsequently dry out the flat. The window was ¢â‚¬Ëœrepaired' once, (one month after the first report, and when it was fastened closed, I was told not to use it) but was again an issue two weeks later.
Gas usage between 23 October 2011 and February 2012 was 438.09 kWh. For the same period the following year, it had risen to 1854.87 kWh. This means, that 1416.78 kWh extra were used that would not have been, if the issues were resolved when requested.
I rang Tennant Direct for the final time concerning the conditions in the flat, then referred the details to the housing authority. They recommended that I instruct a solicitor concerning the heating issue. On receiving a letter from the solicitor, the heating was repaired properly by a gas engineer, about three weeks later. I also contacted Environmental Health.
The Environmental Health officer visited the property a few months after contacting them. By this time, much of the actual damp had been eradicated, though the mould, and broken window catch were still issues, as no further maintenance was carried out.
In the winter of the first year, the ceiling in the bathroom started to develop similar black mould to that in the first room. During the second year, a new fan was fitted to attempt to remove any moisture in the air, as the first fan was deemed insufficient. Finally, in the third year, the mould was treated and part of the ceiling repainted. However, a month later, the mould had returned. In the letter from Environmental Health, it was suggested that the pattern of the mould is evidence of either poor, or non existent insulation in the loft area. On leaving the property, the mould had spread throughout the bathroom. Advice from Tennant Direct was to keep the bathroom door open. This was done, though it opened directly into the kitchen area, and made no difference to the mould, though did allow it to circulate freely into the flat.

I now have an outstanding gas bill for over £400, water damaged belongings, and Tenant Direct say it is an issue to be taken up with the landlord, though they say;
"The property is fully managed by Tenant Direct".
They also charge about £60 each to register, £80 for my partner and I to renew each year, and £50 to leave.
They fail to call back, answer email and bully entry into the property when they wish to show it. Finally, At the beginning of the third year, we were pressured to renew swiftly, or they would put the flat back on the market. Two weeks after signing the contract to renew, I was told that the landlord was raising the rent by £50 a month, and that I could pay the extra, or find somewhere else to live. After challenging them on this, I was 'permitted' to stay at the original price. rent payed was £500 a month each (£1000 total), for a cold, damp, noisy flat, consisting of four 'rooms'.

Appalling service, uncompromising, always fobbed off with lies, never a tangible result to maintenance issues, unfair costs and bullying, forceful tone when they want something.

To be fair, one, possibly two employees are at least pleasant to liaise with, (if nothing else).
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If they employed a Giraffe with a hair lip, wearing purple trousers, but was capable of performing the tasks that it was payed to perform.
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14 New Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 0AY
023 8033 2230

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Jan 18,2021
Minithumbdown
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Jan 18,2021
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“I was with tenant direct for 3 years, great c......”

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Oct 25,2019
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By: 'Daisy'
Oct 25,2019
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I was with tenant direct for 3 years, great communication and professional service. All maintenance issues were sorted as quickly as possible and a very understanding agency. I would 100 percent recommend tenant direct, and was very sad that I moved agencies due to buying. Thank you!...
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“Excellent service by Karleigh... Tenant direc......”

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Oct 12,2019
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Oct 12,2019
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Excellent service by Karleigh... Tenant direct, She even helps during her days off!! Way to go girl!! Keep up your good work!!...
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“Review From Landlord...”

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Oct 08,2019
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By: 'T'
Oct 08,2019
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As a residential landlord I have dealt with Tenant Direct for the last 16 years and use them to fully manage my houses in Southampton. I find them pleasant and professional to deal with and when issues arise, which is unavoidable with houses, they are efficient ...
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“A bunch of liers...”

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Mar 16,2019
Minithumbdown
By: 'John'
Mar 16,2019
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Stay away at all cost. **. They don't even take you to the property to show you how to open the doors with different keys when you initially move in. They first lied rejected my right to rent and made up a new law which was ...
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Mar 18, 2019
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“LIARS!!! Worst agency ever...”

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Jul 21,2018
Minithumbdown
By: 'Velizar'
Jul 21,2018
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First of all the agent said he was a private landlord. I was supposed to see 3 different apartments. On the day of the viewings, I get an e-mail that only 1 is left, but there are other properties suitable for me. I had liked one and ...
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Bad, they do not deserve their salary
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“Awful...”

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Apr 04,2018
Minithumbdown
By: 'Parent'
Apr 04,2018
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Awful service not sure how they can justify the fees as do NOTHING. Keep emailing us as 1 of the students in the house share has not paid rent. Contacting all the guarantors and tenants instead insinuating others may have to pay the amount overdue. Not ...
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Bad as do not earn them.
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“Worst company I've ever dealt with...”

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Mar 19,2018
Minithumbup
By: 'Mystery'
Mar 19,2018
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Absolute joke of an estate agents. Dishonest and unprofessional in every way. Very expensive and do almost nothing they should unless you badger them. Downright rude at times too....
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Terriblr
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“In the 6 moths I have lived in the Tenant Direct ......”

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Jan 24,2018
Minithumbup
By: 'Tenant'
Jan 24,2018
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In the 6 moths I have lived in the Tenant Direct property I have reported maintenance issues on over 10 occasions. You must consistently hassle them in order for anyone to come and solve the issue, for myself these including problems with a clear safety risk such ...
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Requires advanced rent and very high fees in comparison to other agencies such as Posh Pads. Do little to nothing to deserve this fee.
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“Absolutely a joke. AVOID THIS COMPANY AT ALL COSTS PLEASE ......”

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Nov 14,2017
Minithumbdown
By: 'Dan'
Nov 14,2017
1 people found
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Absolutely a joke. AVOID THIS COMPANY AT ALL COSTS PLEASE DO NOT USE THEM. They will rip you offat every corner, they really only care about the money, they will do NO maintenence on your house whatsoever. Here are a few of the problems with ...
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Horrific.
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“Absolutely disgusting customer service! After viewing the property they told ......”

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Oct 31,2017
Minithumbdown
By: 'Miachen'
Oct 31,2017
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Absolutely disgusting customer service! After viewing the property they told us that the price had been increased, we accepted because we liked the house, big mistake. Then after moving in and speaking with the Landlord , we found out that he doesn't get charged a fee ...
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Look for an agent with better reviews than Tenant Direct's on AllAgents! Do your research you will find much better agents in Southampton.
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“Absolutely useless, not only did they seem to act on ......”

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Jul 11,2017
Minithumbdown
By: 'UniOfStudent'
Jul 11,2017
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Absolutely useless, not only did they seem to act on no issues we raised with them but they also seem to have a (hidden) fee for everything. Additionally we received the house only partially cleaned yet when we left it well cleaned we still got ...
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Many hidden and expensive fees on top of the initial expensive (~£190 pp) agency fee.
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By: Cara
Jul 12, 2017
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Im having the exact same problem with tenant direct! They charged us £120 for what they described as light cleaning and on the invoice it said it took the cleaners NINE HOURS to clean 2 rooms!! ...

“Extremely horrible experience, They showed us a property and then ......”

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Jul 01,2017
Minithumbdown
By: 'MWA'
Jul 01,2017
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Extremely horrible experience, They showed us a property and then agreed to send us details of the property via email. I had to cancel few other properties and potential viewings, 3 days later after calling them multiple times, told me property been given to someone else. ...
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“Rats ate through the door to our kitchen as it ......”

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Jan 10,2017
Minithumbdown
By: 'Southampton'
Jan 10,2017
1 people found
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Rats ate through the door to our kitchen as it was rotten, and became residents of our kitchen for the entire tenancy. Rang up tenant direct to ask them to sort out our issue and they claimed that the rats were due to our 'own ...
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£50 'admin fee' for each tenant. What even is that. Ridiculous.
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“Moved into a Tenant Direct Property as a Student. It ......”

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Nov 23,2016
Minithumbdown
By: 'tsouthampton'
Nov 23,2016
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Moved into a Tenant Direct Property as a Student. It wasn't cleaned before we got there but it wasn't terrible. Either way, that was the least of our worries. In the winter it started to get very cold inside the house - often colder than ...
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Bad! The worst I've seen. We were even charged to leave the contract! And our deposit was never given back.
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“WORST AGENCY IN SOUTHAMPTON! Moved into our home to find ......”

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Oct 16,2016
Minithumbdown
By: 'Angry'
Oct 16,2016
1 people found
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WORST AGENCY IN SOUTHAMPTON! Moved into our home to find no cleaning had been carried out, furniture that was promised to be replaced upon viewing the property was still present and in a foul state, carpets full of cat urine, it literally was as bad ...
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High
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“AVOID THIS COMPANY - COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE! Moved into our student ......”

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Jul 02,2016
Minithumbdown
By: 'BC'
Jul 02,2016
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AVOID THIS COMPANY - COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE! Moved into our student house today, it was extremely filthy! tenant direct claimed they had professional cleaners in, when it took us 3 hours to clean the downstairs bathroom to a liveable state. Plugs thick with hair so bad they ...
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BAD! High agent fees with no cleaning or maintenance done to property prior to moving in.
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BAD! High agent fees with no cleaning or maintenance done to property prior to moving in.
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“Awful. So poorly organised I do not understand how they ......”

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Jun 22,2016
Minithumbdown
By: 'ba'
Jun 22,2016
2 people found
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Awful. So poorly organised I do not understand how they are still in business. They lose forms, tell you lies and never follow up on their promises. As a highly organised person myself I could run this business better with my eyes closed. Infuriating is ...
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“They were unprofessional, tried to bully me in to paying ......”

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Oct 05,2015
Minithumbdown
By: 'Jack'
Oct 05,2015
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They were unprofessional, tried to bully me in to paying an increased rent after I'd signed the contract and refused to repair the flat for over the last 7 months of the lease. They are hard to contact and when you do manage to contact them, ...
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“I emailed Tenant Direct as my gas boiler had stopped ......”

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Feb 11,2015
Minithumbup
By: 'Jenny'
Feb 11,2015
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I emailed Tenant Direct as my gas boiler had stopped working on Sunday at 4pm and the heating and hot water had both gone off. I knew it was unlikely anyone would respond on a Sunday and did'nt expect a response until Monday. I was ...
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“Do not use this unprofessional agency, even as an introduction ......”

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Aug 26,2014
Minithumbdown
By: 'Jane'
Aug 26,2014
1 people found
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Do not use this unprofessional agency, even as an introduction to a property. My daughter signed for a property that has a long standing penetrating damp problem with black blinds, black carpet flaking plaster, all due to severe damp.The property had no inventory. The ...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
The fees are extortionate in comparison to their appalling service
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“So myself and 7 others rented a house in Southampton through ......”

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Jun 11,2014
Minithumbdown
By: '15Ordnancerd'
Jun 11,2014
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So myself and 7 others rented a house in Southampton through tenants direct. When we moved in we found that the previous tenants had not cleaned anywhere so we had to clean the house ourselves until 3 days later a cleaning crew turned up. We wrote a ...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
If the agents had fixed even half of the things on the list i gave them when we first moved in, i may have been satisfied, but they just left us in a crumbling house where everything was so dodgy and horrible.
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“For three years, I have occupied a flat at 34 Lodge ......”

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Nov 08,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'Roberto'
Nov 08,2013
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For three years, I have occupied a flat at 34 Lodge Road Southampton. During this time, I have experienced several issues that were at no point, remedied sufficiently, or at all. This was in spite of following all of the procedures for doing so, stated in ...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
If they employed a Giraffe with a hair lip, wearing purple trousers, but was capable of performing the tasks that it was payed to perform.
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“They were an awful letting agents. They asked for moneys ......”

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Aug 06,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'dh'
Aug 06,2013
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They were an awful letting agents. They asked for moneys that had already been payed to be payed multiple times until I physically yelled at the woman down the phone. The same goes for breakages: several phone calls and e-mails indicating not only the problem ...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
They could have been more friendly, helpful, organised and offered sensible prices. They could have solved problems by not being patronising.
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“Although this agent appears helpful upfront and dealing with issues ......”

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Jan 19,2013
Minithumbdown
By: 'Exercise_caution'
Jan 19,2013
3 people found
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Although this agent appears helpful upfront and dealing with issues such as maintenance they have many hidden charges that are not made clear and are not in the tenancy agreement, contrary to the requirements of ARLA membership that they accredit themselves to. Additional fees approximately ...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
Make ALL fees up front as per the ARLA requirements. Show willingness to enter into discussion over 'reasonable' disputes.
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“Being a student the letting agency was not the most ......”

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Oct 18,2012
Minithumbdown
By: 'studentrenter'
Oct 18,2012
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Being a student the letting agency was not the most approachable. Although, I am living in a non-student property, things do still get broken, where it would be the letting agents/landlords obligation to fix them. After phoning them repeatedly asking them to repair things ...
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“Having had a broken bath and broken shower for long ......”

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Jul 30,2012
Minithumbdown
By: 'displeasedtennant'
Jul 30,2012
1 people found
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Having had a broken bath and broken shower for long periods of time, they came round to 'repair them' by putting gaffer tape over cracks, didn't even last a day, leaving us without cleaning facilities. When we got the property it was a total mess, ...
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“I have recently been through the process of finding a ......”

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Jun 20,2012
Minithumbup
By: 'Ben'
Jun 20,2012
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I have recently been through the process of finding a proporty to rent with my fellow students with Tenant Direct and found the customer service to be professional, honest and speedy. I will continue to use tenant Direct through the next 2 years of my studies ...
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“After having viewed several properties with several different agents we ......”

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Jun 08,2012
Minithumbup
By: 'Sebastian'
Jun 08,2012
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After having viewed several properties with several different agents we decided to rent a property through Tenant Direct and moved in, in July 2011. The property was an older property and during our tenancy we have had several maintenance issues arise, from a leaking washing machine ...
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“Worst landlords I have ever had the displeasure of dealing ......”

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Jun 07,2012
Minithumbdown
By: 'happytohavemoved'
Jun 07,2012
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Worst landlords I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with. Had 3 viewings, no basic questions were answered. AVOID THIS AGENCY!!!! They start off pleasant then once you have paid if you have any questions they are basically rude and have no, even basic, information. ...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
Never want any dealings with this company again.
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By: Hayden Ebert
Jun 07, 2012
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In response your comments are completely unfair, you are refering to a property owned by our company. As you are well aware the property has been refurbished to an extremely high standard for your occupation. Some £60,000 was spent on renovations ready for you to move in. The problems encountered in planning are related to new legislation introduced after your reservation. Article 4 was introduced into planning legislation on March 23rd some months after you signed up for the property. This h ...
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