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Underhill Real Estate Agents is a genuinely independent, local business, which places Customer Service at the heart of our operations.

While 'everyone' says that, our business is structured to ensu
Read full description...Underhill Real Estate Agents is a genuinely independent, local business, which places Customer Service at the heart of our operations.

While 'everyone' says that, our business is structured to ensure that is the case. The clearest example - we pay our staff salaries, not commissions. First, peoples' lives are not commodities to be bought and sold like used cars or photocopiers. Second, if a staff member needs a 'bonus' to do their job properly, they have no place at our company.

So, we employ people whose motivation is to do a good job and to help people through the tricky times of moving home.

Of course we sell and rent lots of houses - we don't believe that anyone buys a house they don't like because the agent is a great salesperson, but we can help to you to present your home well if you are selling, and our marketing and follow-up is top class.

If you are buying, we are happy to help find something perfect for you, and we're very happy to advise on price, area and value, even if the house you've found is not on our books. After all, you are moving to our neighbourhood, and we want to make you welcome.

As the senior staff are landlords ourselves, we understand very well that a rental property is a business investment. That means we will give your rental property the best of care - which is great news for tenants, too, because a part of that is resolving any issues to keep the property in top condition and the current tenants happy.

Nobody - landlord or tenant - wants the house empty, or falling into disrepair because problems are left to grow. Landlords (and tenants) might also be reassured to know we don't charge the appalling extras that some other companies add in - so, no charge for 'viewing' for tenants or set-up for landlords; and no charges for (usually unnecessary) contract renewals.

We specialise in Residential Sales and Lettings, providing offices in Exeter and Dawlish, and services across south and mid Devon.
Oct 07,2016
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I cannot speak highly enough about the service I recently received from Underhill Estate Agents and in particular Felicity who was looking after my sale.The transaction was fraught with problems along the chain from the outset but due to the professionalism and diligence of Felicity and the team a successful conclusion was reached. I would have no hesitation in using Underhills again and would gladly recommend them to anyone looking to sell in the area....
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Underhills certainly earned every penny!
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Sep 28,2016
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Sep 28,2016
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Both of the girls have done an excellent job at selling our property and keeping us informed along the way. A great, efficient and professional service from Underhills...
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Excellent value.
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Feb 14,2016
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Feb 14,2016
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Brilliant agents. Professional. Hard working and egar to help in any way that they can to push a sale through smoothly. They worked above my expectation of the service an estate agent offers....
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Good
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Sep 12,2016
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Sep 12,2016
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Underhills have provided an excellent service for us for many years. We have purchased and subsequently let properties through them. Their service is second to none. Tess was always very helpful and prompt in replying to any questions we had. We will continue to use Underhills in the future....
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Fees were very good.
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Jul 22,2016
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Jul 22,2016
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Having rented a number of properties from various agents over the years, I'd like to say that the service I have received from Underhill regarding my latest home has been far and away the best. Tess was wonderfully patient with (and prompt in replying to) the hundreds of emails I had to send her either regarding queries about the move or simply to sort out any anxieties I was having. And Underhill's system for processing the move is superb (ie. closing/opening meter reads etc), paperwork is clea...
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Excellent value
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By: Joe Catcheside
Jul 22, 2016
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Hi Monika, many thanks for your kind words. We do very strongly believe that the best way to look after our Landlords, is to look after our tenants. Happy tenants care for their home, pay rent on time, and stay for as long as their circumstances allow. Doing the right thing by our tenants is the best way to make sure our Landlords' investments are looked after, and void periods are avoided. As you will know, we don't seek to charge either tenants or landlords for those nasty and unne....
Nov 10,2016
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Nov 10,2016
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The service I received from Underhills, particularly Felicity, Annika & Melinda was excellent. They worked hard at finding a buyer & even when, through no fault of theirs, a buyer dropped out at the last minute, they went to work and found another one very quickly. They are all very knowledgeable and value professionally. I would recommend them without hesitation and they are all very charming people too. A pleasure to work with....
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Value for money and appropriate.
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Oct 23,2016
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Oct 23,2016
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My husband and I have been tenants of a property managed by Underhill for 2 years, and our time here has been an absolute pleasure. They have been super all along, right from the very start when we first met with them looking for a property to let - they took the time to help match us with a property that ticked all of our requirements, moved the process along swiftly to suit our timescales, and we have enjoyed a trouble free and very pleasant tenancy. Any maintenance that was required throughou...
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Oct 19,2016
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Oct 19,2016
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I was extremely pleased with the service, very friendly and helpful staff and I felt they all worked very hard selling my house, despite a few problems caused by buyers!...
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Sep 20,2016
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Sep 20,2016
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From the beginning I was really impressed with the photos of my property, Melinda really showed my property to its full potential. Both Melinda and Felicity were friendly,professional and always available to speak with. The marketing of my property was excellent and resulted in a quick sale. I would not hesitate to use or recommend Underhills again. Thank you!...
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The best price quoted out of all estate agents in Exeter
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Sep 10,2016
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Sep 10,2016
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Having agreed on a purchaser from several offers, the service that the estate agent provided became very much an (e-mail) forwarding service - there appeared to be little understanding of information I had already provided and there was no filter on requests that came through, be it from solicitors or purchaser. Whole process was quite frustrating....
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By: Joe Catcheside
Oct 05, 2016
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Hello Kiran, Many thanks for taking the time to review our service. I’m very sorry if you felt our communication with you wasn’t as smooth, or as filtered, as you’d have liked. At the time, though, you asked us to send everything to you by email because of the shift patterns of your work, and we thought we were doing the right thing. I’m glad that you highlight that we secured several offers on your home. Indeed, you’ll know we got an above-asking price offer, and that even af....
Jun 27,2016
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Jun 27,2016
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My housemate and I were two postgraduate students looking for (last minute) accommodation in Exeter. As our housing agent, Tess guided us through the entire process from paying our deposit to leaving the property and retrieving our deposit. Throughout the entire year Tess - and concomitantly Underhills - provided exceptional service, often going beyond what was expected of a housing agent. Tess was highly efficient and quick to reply to our requests on a variety of topics from posting offici...
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By: Joe Catcheside
Jul 18, 2016
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Thanks for taking the time to review our company, Jack. We are very pleased with your comments, though you'll see from the other reviews that we are very aware of how professional and diligent Tess and her team are! We hope that we can help you with your property needs in the future.....
Jun 10,2016
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Jun 10,2016
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We chose Underhills as we prefer to deal with small local firms and are so pleased we did . Underhills Cowick St were 100 % helpful, courteous and friendly . They put up with our numerous visits with smiley faces at all times and sold our house for the price we wanted . Fab !!...
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Worth every penny
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By: Joe Catcheside
Jul 18, 2016
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Hi Sally, thanks for taking the time to post your review. It was great to be able to help you, and we really appreciate your feedback. Being a local, family firm, it means so much to us to serve our community with a smile!....
Apr 30,2016
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Apr 30,2016
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We are very satisfied with the service we get in connection with renting our property. They found ideal tenants straight away and they have now been trouble free for over two years. There have been some issues with the building that contains our flat, and these have been dealt with faultlessly by the agents....
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The fees are reasonable and inclusive, with no hidden extras.
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By: Joe Catcheside
Jul 18, 2016
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Thank you so much for your kind words. We really do try our utmost to make sure everything goes smoothly, but its comments like this that make it all worth while.....
Apr 28,2016
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Apr 28,2016
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Nikki has been wonderful, always keeping me up to date and going the extra mile on numerous occasions. She has helped find an attractive investment property for me to purchase, assisted in the purchase process and finally finding a good tenant....
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Great value for money
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By: Joe Catcheside
Jul 18, 2016
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Thanks, Giles, for your kind comments. We know that it is very important to give support and peace of mind to our Landlord clients who, like yourselves, are rarely in the South West, and so rely on us to look after your investment portfolio. It's great to be appreciated!....
Apr 28,2016
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Apr 28,2016
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Underhills have proved to be a very competent and efficient managing agents. From the outset when they decided to to enter the world of management from house agency only they soon formed a very sound team who have become very knowledgeable in the complex property world and very reliable in all aspects gained from experience. As a person very much involved in property I can thoroughly recommend them to others requiring sound management and advice...
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A fee acceptable to both sides as fair and proper
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By: Joe Catcheside
Jul 28, 2016
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Hello, our anonymous reviewer! We are very glad that you've found our service meets your needs and expectations, and your endorsement is genuinely appreciated by Tess and her team.... even if we don't know who you are!....
Apr 22,2016
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Apr 22,2016
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As overseas landlords, we're very happy with the service we've received from Tess and Lindsay at Underhill and would certainly recommend them to others considering letting in the Exeter area....
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Competitive fees within the Exeter area
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Apr 06,2016
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Apr 06,2016
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The Lettings team at Underhill are excellent and I have been very happy with their service provided. In particular, Tess Wigram has been a very positive and professional member of staff helping guide me through the management of my investment property. She is very good at keeping everyone informed of issues as and when they arise....
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By: Joe Catcheside
Jul 28, 2016
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Hi Tim, we really appreciate your thoughtful words about Tess and the Lettings team. We are very aware that our Landlords' properties are an investment in their future... indeed, for an increasing number of people, rental properties have replaced pension funds as a life-long asset plan. Moreover, we find the best way to look after a property, is to look after the tenants who have made it their home. It's a win-sin situation that we strive for, and we're glad that it is working for you. ....
Mar 09,2016
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Mar 09,2016
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Happy with the service, Tess is very friendly and is great at getting back to me. Resolves any issue on the day if not the next day. Thanks!...
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Jul 28, 2016
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Hello Tom, thanks for taking the trouble to write a few lines for us. We really do try to go over and above to make sure our customers are catered for. Your comments are very much appreciated.....
Feb 19,2016
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Feb 19,2016
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Tess has worked very hard to ensure we feel comfortable and happy in our home. The day before we moved in, Tes went through all the legal documents with us and made us feel extremely comfortable about moving and ensured that if we ever needed an help, to just email her and she would do her best to help - which Tess has done throughout the whole time of our 6 weeks at our new home. We feel very happy with her help and guidance....
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Good
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Feb 19,2016
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Feb 19,2016
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Tess has been hugely helpful and customer focussed from the off. Little things like having chocolate treats on hand for the Kids, through to helping with maintenance on the property and general account queries. Highly recommended....
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Fees all seem reasonable in my experience
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By: Joe Catcheside
Jul 28, 2016
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Hi Todd,, many thanks for your glowing review. We do try to anticipate and respond to the situations of our customers... including those with young children, for whom an office and form filling are hardly fun! We're glad that on this occasion, we were able to make your experience a little less fraught, and to provide a service over and above. Thanks again!....
Feb 17,2016
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Feb 17,2016
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To whom it may concern. I have found Underhills and Tess Wigram in particular to be excellent at getting me good, long term tenants. They/she have/has proved to be both efficient and diligent in all aspects of my relations with them. I have no hesitation in recommending them to other landlords for the purpose of renting out their properties....
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The agents fees are fair. I wonder if they should reduce fees on a percentage basis for those that have more than one property?
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Jan 17,2016
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Jan 17,2016
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I've been speaking with Tess since our first viewing of the property and she has always been friendly, helpful and sincere. I feel confident that I can approach her with a problem and that she will do all she can to help solve it. I feel very lucky to be with Underhills as a result....
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Average
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Jan 14,2016
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Jan 14,2016
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We have always had great service in handling our lettings from Tess and the team - professional, friendly and fast. We've been with Underhills for years and their help has been invaluable, especially as we live some way away....
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Fees appear appropriate for level of service
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Dec 23,2015
Minithumbup
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Dec 23,2015
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Underhills went out of there way to accommodate my needs; whether it was leakage, appliance malfunction or any other queries, they were always courteous, prompt, transparent and extremely thorough. The staff is comprised of genuinely nice and kind ladies. But most importantly and above all, Underhills has excellent and above par customer service....
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Dec 09,2015
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Dec 09,2015
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Excellent, rapid response to all enquiries - in the past 3 months we have had tiles fall of the roof, electricity blow in the kitchen and the back door swell up so unusable, however due to prompt service the issues have been resolved quickly and had minimal impact on us. Would recommend to other tenants....
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Jan 08,2014
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Jan 08,2014
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We have had a mixed experience with Underhills. The process of setting up the tenancy was an absolute joke - they were utterly incompetent and gratuitoously unhelpful. They never responded to emails or returned phone calls, didn\'t keep us informed about what was going on, required us to travel across the country to sign a contract they could just have posted and attempted to withhold the contract from us after we had signed it (!!). That\'s the bad side. The good side is that once we moved in...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
I\'d rather have clicked a \'maybe\' option, but that wasn\'t available. The process of arranging the tenancy was appalling, which is why I wouldn\'t recommend them. That said, the moron we dealt with was obviously pretty new and seems to have disappeared pretty quickly, so perhaps this was atypical. Making us travel across the country to sign the tenancy was entirely unnecessary and extremely inconvenient.
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Thanks for taking the time to post a comment, albeit, as you say, mixed. It's hard to offer a direct response because we do not know the tenant/client involved, and the circumstances don't reflect either our policies or experience - we'd certainly have no problems in sending and receiving contracts by email/post/scan, so perhaps there was some misunderstanding at work, here. We do, of course, respond to calls and emails as quickly as possible, so again this might reflect a failure of messages....

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Agent Fees

Our Lettings Team prides itself in our policy of upfront and honest fees, with no hidden extras.

We do not charge Landlords any set-up fees, or signing fees, or renewal fees. We won't sting you for unexpected bills; we don;t charge any markup on works needed on your property (in fact, we use our leverage with suppliers to get you the best deal).

For tenants, we do not charge fees for sight of our list, or viewing our properties. We don't charge signing fees or renewal fees on contracts. There are no "non-refundable deposits". The only fees we charge are for referencing, and that in itself acts as a deposit for a tenancy (subject to passing the checks, of course).

By being open, honest and fair to all parties, we seek to create long-term tenancies that give both Landlord and tenant. security and peace of mind.

Our sales team operates a unique 'Set Your Own Fee' system.... call for details!

We are customer-led, so we can work to fixed fees or % if you prefer... it all depends upon what best suits the individual customer.
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Complaints Procedure

In the first instance, we would encourage customers to deal frankly with whichever staff member they have been speaking to. We operate on a policy of honesty, openness and full disclosure.

If we have inadvertently done something that you are not happy with, we would far rather that you raised it with us, so that we can take appropriate action, whether that be undoing something done in error, or explaining something done with a purpose that you were unaware of.

If you are not happy with the outcome, then formal complaints should be made in writing to Melinda Fonda, Managing Director, Underhill Real Estate Agents, 67 South Street, Exeter EX1 1EE.

The complaint will be treated with the utmost gravity, either by Melinda in person, or if she has been involved in the events leading to the complaint, by one of the other Directors. A final viewpoint letter will be issued by the company after a thorough investigation.

In the event that matters are still not addressed to your satisfaction, we are subscribed to The Property Ombudsman scheme, and adhere to their procedures. We will provide full details of how to take a complaint to their arbitration, and you can read their information directly at https://www.tpos.co.uk/.
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