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About Us
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    Your Local Specialists
    Gallant Richardson is an independent, partner-led agency, specialising in the Colchester and North Essex area. We're not part of a large corporate chain. We've established our reputation by providing expert advice on the local lettings market and by following the very best working practices.

    Choosing a Professional Agent

    Although there are many options open to you, making the right choice doesn't have to be difficult. Whether you're a prospective tenant, an experienced landlord or somebody looking to invest for the first time, it's important that you choose a professional who'll advise you correctly.

    Choosing a licensed agent, one who takes their duty of care seriously, can be crucial. Gallant Richardson is a 'fully licensed' agency, employing professionally qualified staff, ensuring you the very best advice and protection possible.
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    Protection and a Service you can Trust
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    Gallant Richardson is fully licensed by ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) who are the main professional body that regulate our industry. ARLA lay down strict working practices, making sure that their members provide correct advice and a professional service. In addition, ARLA provides the best possible 'Clients Money Protection' pledge, ensuring that any money we hold or collect on your behalf is safe.
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    Gallant Richardson is a member of NALS (National Approved Letting Scheme), the independent licensed scheme that ensures members provide a defined standard of customer service.
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    We were among the original members of the 'SAFE agent' Kitemark scheme, set up by the government to direct people to agents offering a high level of consumer protection.

    Gallant Richardson is a full member of the TPO (The Property Ombudsmen) scheme, and follows the TPO Code of Practice for Letting Agents. The Code provides free, fair and independent services to tenants and landlords for dealing with disputes.
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    Landlords
    Gallant Richardson's mission is to provide our landlords with the best possible level of service and expert advice from our professional qualified staff. Our aim is to maximise your return and minimise your risk. For further details of what we can offer, please see our Landlords Page.

    Tenants
    Choosing a reputable agent with all the necessary safe guards is important. Our staff at Gallant Richardson will help provide you with all the best advice in finding you a new home. For further details of what we can offer, please see our Tenants Page.
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Landlords
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    At Gallant Richardson, we pride ourselves on giving the best possible service to our landlords. Our fully qualified staff's aim is to provide you with the best possible professional advice, and to carry out their job in a way which best protects you and your investment.

    Thinking of a new Investment?
    If you are thinking of buying an investment property, we have the expertise and local knowledge to help guide you in the right direction. Our professional advice covers which sorts of property to purchase, the areas in which to buy, potential rental values and 'Buy to Let' mortgages.

    Are you an Existing Landlord?

    We offer our landlords a fully comprehensive service; whether you need an agent to just find the right tenants for you or to fully manage the property and tenancy for you.

    Marketing

    Providing you with the correct and effective marketing is essential; Gallant Richardson will ensure that your property receives the exposure it needs. As well as our own busy website, we're listed on all the main search portals: RightMove, Zoopla, Prime Location, Find a Property etc.

    Once we start to market your property, the details will be sent out instantly to our large computerised database. All properties are also advertised via Facebook and Twitter as well as on our own iphone app, where potential tenants can follow us whilst on the move.

    We're located in one of the busiest town centre thoroughfares, where your property will have the benefit of being advertised in our large window displays.

    Tenant Referencing

    A good agent will try and minimise the risk for a landlord. An important part of this process is making sure suitable tenants are found who are sufficiently referenced. Gallant Richardson employs HomeLet, the leading tenancy referencing agency, to assess all applicants, including taking up current Landlord/Letting agent references. They use a credit reference search, plus employment or accountant's references. We'll also discuss with you, and any prospective tenant, all aspects of the letting agreement before proceeding.

    Taking the worry out of being a Landlord

    Gallant Richardson's fully managed service is designed to remove the stress form being a landlord, and to make the letting experience as hassle free as possible. We aim to provide you with the best possible protection in our Rent Guarantee, full detailed Inventory & Schedule of Condition and personal check-in and checkout appointments with tenants.
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    Our fully managed package includes:
    • Rent guarantee. We guarantee you the full rent due within 14 days, even when your tenant has not paid;
    • Professionally prepared Schedule of Condition & Inventory of the property;
    • Personal check-in & check-out of tenant using the Schedule of Condition;
    • Registration of tenant's deposit with TDS (Tenancy Dispute Service);
    • Regular property visits along with written reports, including a first visit after approximately one month from when a new tenant moves in;
    • 24 Hour, 365 days a year emergency contact for tenants;
    • Flexible and non-profit organisation of property maintenance;
    • Unlike many agents, we do not tie you in to a restrictive contract;
    • We pay our managed landlords their rent the same day it is received.
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Tenants
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    Helping to find you the right home is an important part of our job. Our professionally qualified negotiators are on hand to help guide you in the right direction, and to help answer any questions you may have.

    Gallant Richardson's agency mission is to promote fairness between our landlords and tenants, and to encourage our landlords to maintain their rental properties to a good standard.
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    Fully Licensed
    We are a fully regulated and licensed agent, accredited by ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents). This provides you with important consumer protection, and protects any monies or deposits that you pay over to us. Our aim is to provide you with the confidence that the job is being done correctly for you.
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    Gallant Richardson is a member of NALS (National Approved Letting Scheme), the independent licensed scheme that ensures members provide a defined standard of customer service. 
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    We were among the original members of the 'SAFE agent' Kitemark scheme, set up by the government to direct people to agents offering a high level of consumer protection.

    Gallant Richardson is a full member of the TPO (The Property Ombudsmen) scheme, and follows the TPO Code of Practice for Letting Agents. The Code provides free, fair and independent services to tenants and landlords for dealing with disputes.

    Keeping you Posted
    There are several ways in which we can keep you updated with new properties that become available. The quickest way is via e-mail, which will alert you immediately a property that matches your requirements comes on to our books. We can also send you details by traditional mail, or send you an SMS text alert. Plus, you can also choose to follow all new properties via Facebook, search via Twitter or use our free iphone app.

    Ours Fees

    We aim to be fair and transparent with our fees. All fees are detailed and provided in writing. There are no hidden costs or any undisclosed fees. Receipts, and full details of any refund policy, are provided against any monies received.
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Meet the Gallant Richardson Team
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    Proprietor
    ANDREW WADE - MARLA MNAEA - Partner
    Andrew has worked in the property and mortgage business since 1985, and as well as being very experienced in lettings, property management and residential sales, he is a qualified mortgage advisor. Andrew's knowledge of the local market, combined with his financial expertise, enables us to give broad-ranging, professional advice, particularly regarding 'Buy to Let' and 'Let to Buy' opportunities.
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    TIM WADE - MARLA MAPIP -  Manager
    Tim started with us in 2003. He is currently studying for a Level 5, Diploma in Residential Lettings & Property Management, which adds to his already broad knowledge of relevant statute and legislation. Tim's role is to oversee the day to day running of the property lettings and management.
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    KEITH FLACK - FARLA MAPIP - Property Consultant
    Keith joined us in 2009, following 15 years previous experience, including a manager's position, for a corporate agency. Qualified as a Fellow of Association of Residential Letting Agents (FARLA), Keith's many years experience help him excel in his role of carrying out viewings as well as property inspections, inventories and checking clients in and out of tenancies.
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    RAYMOND FINN - MAPIP - Property Consultant 
    Raymond started with us in 2007, having previously worked in both residential sales and lettings for over 10 years. Ray's experience, as well as his understanding of property and lettings, makes him an extremely useful member of the team, both in the office and whilst out on viewings, inspections, checking clients in and out of tenancies as well as preparing inventories.
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    JOANNE MANN - Property Consultant
    Joanne joined us in 2011, having previously worked with another agent in a different town. Her well organised, friendly presence on the front desk has added dramatically to the efficiency of the agency. She helps tenants find the right property, organises viewings and ensures that, when they decide upon a property, they understand clearly how to move forward.
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    JILL BANKS - Property Consultant 
    Jill has been with us now since 2006, having previously worked with another letting agent. Her ability to remain calm and to be accurate, even under pressure, helps us to produce tenancies and inventories quickly and efficiently, helping our agency to minimise property-void periods. Jill also cheerfully supports the front desk with helping and advising tenants.
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    DEBBIE ELLIS - MAPIP - Property Manager
    Debbie joined us in 2006, having previously worked for another agent and quickly established herself as a practical, clear thinking property manager. Her roles include overseeing the properties we manage. She is the first point of contact for maintenance, carrying out property inspections and advising landlords on Health & Safety issues.
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    Craig Tarbet - Property Manager
    Craig has just joined us in 2015 from a large corporate estate agency group, having previously worked in property and financial services since 1987. Craig is also one of the points of contact for maintenance and renewals, and carries out property visits, check-ins, check-outs and inventories.
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    DEBBIE WADE - Property Management Administrator
    Debbie has been with the agency since 2001. Having a previous background in telecoms and insurance administration, Debbie has been making sure our landlords get paid promptly for many years and also assists generally with other agency management duties.
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    JULIE MITCHELL - Property Management Administrator
    Julie joined us in 2006, following many years experience working in administration roles. Her strong secretarial background helps Julie stay on top of the complicated and important task of renewing tenancies and serving notices, as well as assisting with many other management tasks.
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    5 Culver Street West,
    Colchester,
    CO1 1JG

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    Letting: 01206 916055  Local call rate

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    Testimonials from Landlords

    • Landlord Testimonial

      Winstree Close Landlord "I'd like to take this time to thank you and the whole team at GR for the professional work, support you have afforded me over the years. I will certainly recommend you to any people I know or meet who are looking for managing agents or to rent a property." - Brian Thompson
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      "As an existing customer I would like to wholeheartedly recommend Andy and the team for their Professional Property Management Services. Andy demonstrates an in depth knowledge of the Property Management Sector and ensures the fullest support when managing my Property Investment Interests. I would fully recommend Andy and the Gallant Richardson team to anyone considering using his Property Management Services for their own property needs."  by 'Gary (Qatar)'
    • Landlord Testimonial

      "I've used Gallant Richardson as management and letting agents on my property for 12 years and used them as sales agents when I sold it recently. All the staff I've dealt with at GR have always been excellent. They are friendly, helpful and professional. They always kept me informed and they always responded to queries quickly. And they were just as good when I came to sell it, Andy Wade was always helpful and always got back to me promptly to let me know what was going on. I couldn't fault them and would recommend them to anyone looking for either a management/letting agent or a sales agent." by: 'Marion'

    Testimonials from Tenants

    • Tenant Testimonial

      The Mill Apartments Tenants "We have only good things to say about your letting agency. Best Wishes Heidi, Henriette and Marte" - Tenants
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      Mercers Way Tenant "I've had nothing but professional and mature service from GR which I feel is rare these days, please pass on this feedback to your colleagues." - Rachel
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      Heather - Kendall Road Tenant "I'd also like to thank you for all your help over the last 6 years, the thought of renting a property on my own was quite daunting and you have made it stress free."
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      Hardies Point Tenants "Thank you for the professionalism your agency has shown to both me and Leon throughout our letting of 31 Hardies Point."
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      by Peter (Orwell Close) - "We have been letting through Gallant Richardsons for 9 years and they have always provided and very friendly and professional service. Would definitely recommend to anyone."
    • Tenant Testimonial

      "I have rented from Gallant for approx 4 years in the same property. The staff conduct regular visits to the property ensuring it is kept in good order. Any issues you may have are logged. The boiler broke down and the emergency number was called and a speedy call out was organised. We had some issues not relating to the property and although Gallant couldn't do anything they were supportive in their responses. The staff are friendly and professional. I have used other companies where up keep of the property was not managed so well. I would definitely recommend them." By: 'Jo'
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