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John D Wood & Co

501 Battersea Park Road Battersea, London
Greater London
SW11 4LW

020 7717 5105

Jan 14,2014
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Jan 14,2014
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I would advise anyone looking to rent a house (or landlord for that matter) to use anyone in preference to John D Wood in Battersea. They do the minimum possible. Emails to the property manager go un-answered. On top of that, we have had 3 different property managers as our contacts during our tenancy which started 6 months ago (high staff turnover is not exactly a sign of a happy company is it?). They are happy to let the property deteriorate to such a point that we had to get into conta...
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Dec 20,2013
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Dec 20,2013
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I contacted John D Wood in Battersea as prospective renter. At first she seemed pleasant and asked me a lot of details about my search. I told her that I was only interested in properties in and around Queenstown Road, no where else. She later called me to say she had found some suitable properties. I asked her if the properties were in Queenstown Road, her reply, they are 5 minute walk. When we went to view the properties, she took us to 3, 1 in Vauxhall, 1 around Battersea Rise and 2 towards B...
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Dec 09,2013
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Dec 09,2013
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I have been renting my flat with John D Wood for the last 4 years. Like most managing agents, they have been pretty useless but happy to pocket their 15% Management Commission from me for frankly not a lot. Anyway, my main gripe came as a result of the tenant making me an offer to buy the property. The price was attractive and we struck a deal. Once we notified John D Wood of the termination of the lease, I got an invoice from them claiming 1.50% of the sale consideration as per the terms of the...
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Unethical. They tried to hoodwink me into accepting something which breaches the law let alone the Property Ombudsman\'s guidelines.
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Nov 29,2013
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Nov 29,2013
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I have the worst experience with John D Wood estate agency!! To start with they charge me an agency fee of £275 (plus VAT) to check my references -and I know they have NOT checked anything! After that they made a real mess with the contract of the flat and in the end I have 5 copies in my flat - as they kept sending wrong ones, not completed, not signed, not stamped... a real waste of time for me and my flatmate!! However, the worst was when the flat was sold! My God - the way they manage ...
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Better diligence in drafting tenancy agreement and more integrity in dealing with tenants.
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Oct 21,2013
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Oct 21,2013
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I rented my house through JDW and then received an offer from the tenant who wanted to acquire the property. As it happens, we were thinking of selling up. We agreed the terms of the sale on a private basis and then the sale was concluded. About a month after the sale I received a call from JDW seeking a commission of 1.50% of the sale consideration. They told me the tenancy agreement that we signed in 2012 contains a clause whereby if a Tenant sourced by JDW ends up acquiring the property, the...
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Dishonest. Illegal clause in tenancy agreement
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Oct 20,2013
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Oct 20,2013
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Terrible experience with JDW in Battersea. After the tenant moved in, I did not receive rent for the first 3 months as they took their fee up front. This was the first that I knew about this and however much I raised this issue, I hit a brick wall. There were a couple of issues with my property (dishwasher leak, broken window) and they were very slow to deal with this, resulting in a very irritable tenant. I was so frustrated and angry that I terminated the lease with my tenant at the first earl...
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Be more honest with me in dealings on fees and manage property better
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Sep 11,2013
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Sep 11,2013
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Ok, this my first time on this website. When it comes to reading things on the internet, I generally don\'t take them for granted. Therefore, in this review I hope to share with you my experience and whether you accept my story, I will give you some tips which any sane person should do when dealing with the likes of John D Wood (if only I had seen this website before). My experience is very similar to what the Landlord below indicated. This is the first time that I rent my property (I am mov...
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What agent could do to change your mind?
General observation: to act with honesty and integrity which was lacking in our negotiations. Precise observation, to do a much better on drafting contracts rather than send a generic document, otherwise their charge of ‚£275 + VAT is unjustifiable.
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Sep 03,2013
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Sep 03,2013
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First time renter with John D Wood. Cannot recommend them I am afraid. Charged me £275 to draft the Tenancy Agreement which was full of mistakes. They told me that they would clean the flat before moving in, they did not do this. 10 days after rental, the Landlord tells me that he still has not been paid the rent and started getting threatening with me. Emails to the Property Manager go unanswered....
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Responding to correspondence. Paying rent promptly. Following basic instructions (some of which were relayed 4 times).
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May 23,2013
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May 23,2013
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Not good experience at all. Took several weeks and a lot of chasing to recover my monies from their so-called "Registration fee" (read Extortionate fee). As to be expected their tendency not to respond, and ignore requests for explanation of their fees deducted also remains unanswered after many weeks. No other paper-work done; no re-marketing done by them (at least no evidence yet provided to us).... And, methinks that in their own minds they are able to justify £250 fo...
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By: Jeremy Carruthers
Sep 03, 2013
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Just be mindful that the Office of Fair Trading got a ruling from the High Court in 2011, precisely to protect Landlords against such sharp practice of evergreen fees and renewal, the onus is now on the Letting Agent "to check that their terms and conditions are fair and transparent". This means that such fees have to be very clearly highlighted (bold underlining etc.) and frankly should be stipulated orally and followed up by an email for good order. More details on the OFT webs....
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