paragraphWho are Oakhill?
Oakhill was created by our two directors, Philip Grace & Elspeth Tinn, back in 2004.
Philip has an extensive career in the property industry, from project manager at Abbey National Plc, MD at Lowry Commercial Plc , Group MD at United Business Centres Plc to the CEO of i2 Office, a high quality serviced offices company providing an expanding numbers of business centres in prime city centre locations across the UK.
Elspeth has a hands on approach, having keenly invested in residential property herself to build an impressive portfolio; this gives Elspeth a unique insight into letting property from a landlords perspective that many letting agents simply do not have.
Initially a selling and letting agent, Oakhill decided to drop sales from their range of services to concentrate on residential letting in 2009. In support of this decision they completed a successful merger with Ray Comer of Oaktree Property Management, a long standing letting agency in Milton Keynes.
Ray brings over 20 years of property management experience with him and is the general manager in charge of day to day operations at Oakhill.
All three are licensed ARLA members, using their knowledge of the industry and the legislation surrounding it to make your letting experience simpler and safer.
We are a regulated agent. But just what does that mean to you? Well, let me ask you some questions.
- Would you let an unqualified gas engineer work on your boiler at home without checking he was registered with Gas Safe?
- Would you let an unqualified surgeon carry out surgery on your children at home because it was cheaper than going to hospital?
- Would you let an unqualified mechanic repair your car because he could save money by fitting second hand parts?
No, of course you wouldn't. So why put your property, probably the biggest investment most of us ever make, into the hands of someone who is not qualified to look after it? Without even the basic skills required, they could lose you thousands of pounds in rent and even worse, you could end up being sued by a tenant or even losing your house. Housing Law is one of the most complex areas of law in the UK and requires a clear understanding of landlords, and tenants, obligations by the agent.
A regulated agent, either RICS or ARLA, means that your agent has those skills and just as importantly that your property and money is safe. All of our client money is covered by a Client Money Protection Scheme operated by RICS, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
If your current agent isn't regulated, you should ask why not. Becoming a regulated agent isn't easy: you need to operate separate client and deposit accounts; you need to be able to prove that you work within the guidelines and regulations set down by RICS and ARLA, and you also need to have relevant qualifications to become members of RICS or ARLA.
We are members of, or affilated to:
- The Dispute Service
- Property Ombudsman Scheme for Lettings
For more information please don¿t hesitate to contact our General Manager, Raymond Comer MARLA
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