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    Committed, straight-talking market-experts ready to change the property landscape.

    David Lee is an independently owned, award winning, full-service estate agency with associate agents covering their own areas for David Lee across the country. We are a vibrant, pro-active modern agency offering a personal, dedicated service which, combined with our innovative approach to marketing and in-depth knowledge of the local market, achieves great results for our clients.

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    At David Lee we are pleased to launch our instant online valuation tool for both sales and lettings. Please visit our website to try this new service out for yourself - davidlee.co.uk
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    The company was born when David Kirby and Lee O'Brien, already very successful estate agents, decided to leave the corporate world and open an office that would be independently owned by highly motivated, personable and local young people.

    The first David Lee office was set up in 2004 in Stansted Mountfitchet, a thriving village on the Essex and Hertfordshire border, concentrating on residential property sales. The company soon moved into the private rental market as well, due to the high demand from local landlords who loved the David Lee brand and service. The lettings department grew quickly and soon became an integral part of the business, enabling us to provide the full moving service.

    In January 2010 we opened the doors to our second office in the heart of the delightful market town of Bishop's Stortford.

    In January 2020, we moved into an all-encompassing premises on the edge of Bishop's Stortford that reflects the way the property market the needs of the customer has changed over the last few years. High street presence really has become secondary to great customer service.

    We've also branched out to reach new areas to offer them the same personal service we offer in our current locations, with associate agents joining our team from all over the country, giving their local area a touch of the David Lee service. We're excited to introduce like-minded individuals to uncapped opportunities for progression and personal development that reset your work-life balance.

    David and Lee both live locally and are very active in the community. They keep their fingers on the pulse of all developments in the property world both locally and nationally, to make sure they stay at the top of their game.

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    Established by founders David Kirby & Lee O'Brien, David Lee is a full service, independent property company with an experienced and dedicated letting and management team.

    We have built a trusted reputation based on honest professionalism and are responsible for managing an extensive and diverse residential portfolio in Bishops Stortford, Stansted Mountfitchet and the surrounding villages.

    David Lee is committed to partnering with our clients to deliver results. Our core values of honest professionalism, integrity and client focus are reflected in the ongoing success of our Letting department.

    We are proud to offer our clients the assurance of our memberships of the Property Ombudsman, National Association of Estate Agents and the Tenants Deposit Scheme. Our membership of these organisations means we can offer you financial security and peace of mind.

    A brief summary of our services is outlined below:

    Let Only

    This involves sourcing a suitable tenant and vetting them prior to referencing. We prepare the tenancy agreement (£100 including VAT) and register the deposit on your behalf (£66.00 including VAT). These documentation and registration charges are one off fees at the start of the tenancy.

    Rent Collection

    As above, but we receive the rent from the tenant and forward onto the Landlord, either with tax deducted (if they're not NRL approved) or without tax if they have an NRL Number. The link here gives further information on the requirements of NRL if you have any questions https://www.gov.uk/tax-uk-income-live-abroad/rent. In the unfortunate event that the tenant should stop paying their rent, our robust accounts department ensure that we chase the rent within the jurisdictions of statute law carefully considering the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 so as not to put you, or us in danger of court action. Monthly statements are provided in order that tax returns can be submitted with ease and Landlords can keep abreast of their incoming and outgoings.

    Fully Managed

    This is our most popular service. This service includes the rent collection above but also includes the following:

    Utilities- When a new tenant moves in, we will notify the gas, electricity, water suppliers and council tax of the new tenants details we will provide them with the relevant meter readings so that closing bills can be sent and the new tenants account will be set up immediately.

    Repairs- We will always try to identify the issue and possible cause by either speaking through the nature of the repair with the tenant, or indeed visiting the property ourselves and where simple repairs, like bleeding a radiator is required, we will guide the tenant on how to do this for the future. This means that repair calls are kept to a minimum but where repairs are reported can be quickly ascertained as the Landlord's responsibility to remedy. We will then, subject to Landlord's instructions issue a works order to either our Handyman or skilled Tradespeople, depending on the nature of the repair.

    Out of Hours- Occasionally things do break down outside of office opening times. With this in mind, we offer a 24 hour service whereby a Tenant can contact a member of the team and they will assess the need for an engineer visit there and then, or if indeed the matter can wait until we are back in the office to deal with. If the repair appears simple, for example resetting the pilot light, the tenants will be talked through how to do this.

    Property Visits- We conduct the first visit three months after the tenants have moved in and then six monthly thereafter. This is to ensure that the tenants are looking after the property in a "tenant like" manner and their opportunity to report any minor issues which can be resolved by the Property Manager if possible or reported to you for your instructions. A report is drawn up and sent to the Landlord for their records.

    Legal Notices- Section 21 notices to regain possession of a property, Section 13 to request a rental increase on a periodic tenancy and Section 48 notices are all served on the most up to date Prescribed Information forms, thus ensuring that any matters bought to the Courts (if necessary) will return a favourable outcome from the Judge.

    Deposit Returns- At the end of the tenancy, subject to an inventory report being conducted at the start of the tenancy, we will liaise with both the tenant and the Landlord to discuss any deductions from the security deposit (if applicable) and will arrange for the deposit to be returned within the timescales specified by the deposit scheme.

    Deposit Disputes- In the unlikely event that an agreement cannot be made between the Landlord and the Tenant with regards to any deductions at the end of the tenancy, we prepare the documentation to support the Landlords claim and submit this to the independent adjudicator for their decision.

    Compliance certificates- We will ensure that any certificates which are a legal obligation of the landlord (e.g. CP12 Landlord Gas Safety Certificates, Electrical Certificates) are carried out by qualified tradesmen before the due date meaning that at all times your property is legally compliant within the compounds of UK Law.

    Renewal of Tenancies- Two months prior to the end of a fixed term, we will serve the tenant a section 21 notice. This will automatically give the Landlord the right to possession of the property. If the tenant wishes to renew and the Landlord agrees to this, we will negotiate a rental increase if this is warranted and we will prepare and send out the new Tenancy Agreement for all parties to sign. This offers Landlords the reassurance of a tenant for a further term, rather than allowing the tenancy to continue on a "periodic" basis, which means that the tenant only needs to give one months notice after the initial fixed term.

    Annual Rental & Sales Reviews- our unique service provides Landlords with annual prices from a Sales perspective as well as a Rental Valuation. Whilst you may not be looking to sell the property any time soon, we believe that it is important to keep our Landlords updated with the current figures that their assets are worth.

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Meet Our Team
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    At David Lee we have a motivated, experienced and friendly team. Our personal touch has gained us both the respect and trust of our customers, this has enabled us to become the market leading agent in Stansted and Bishops Stortford. Much has changed since we launched in 2004, but at our very core our fundamental principles of exceptional customer service and first class professional advice still remain.

    I am delighted to introduce to you our team:

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    David Kirby - Director

    David is a founding director of David Lee. Before setting up the company he obtained an invaluable amount of experience in Estate Agency working for one of the top agencies in the Hertfordshire area.
    David currently runs the highly successful Residential and Commercial Lettings Department at David Lee. He is very aware of how important the laws and legislations of the lettings industry are and thrives on keeping himself and his team fully educated in their area of expertise. If you would like to discuss anything to do with property lettings then David really is the person to talk to.
    David was schooled locally, and his extensive knowledge of the East Herts / West Essex border area is testament to the respect he has gained from the many clients he works tirelessly for. David lives in Bishop's Stortford with his family and is very active in the local community.


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    Emma Hancock - Property Manager
    Emma joined David Lee as Property Manager in 2014. She has worked in the property industry for 12 years, including roles at the UK's largest independent estate agent, a construction company dealing with new build homes, and an organisation dealing with vulnerable tenants in the London Boroughs. 
     Emma's role at David Lee is to manage tenancies from the point of moving in until they move out. Her many responsibilities include dealing with day to day building issues and repairs, ensuring that the David Lee portfolio is legally compliant, and dealing with renewal of contracts, serving notice and deposit returns. 
    She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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    Liz Felgate - Lettings Administrator
    Liz joined the David Lee team in early 2015, having worked in the property industry for 20 years. She previously worked in property management and sales in both Hertford and London. 
    Liz's role of Lettings Administrator at David Lee involves responsibility for all pre-tenancy documentation, liaising with both Landlords and Tenants with a view to making the whole process of finding and moving into a property as stress free as possible. 
     Liz has lived locally for the past 14 years and has three children. She loves rugby, skiing, holidays and spending quality time with her family. 

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    James Rawlinson - Senior Negotiator
    James joined David Lee's Stansted Mountfitchet office in September 2015, having previously worked in IT sales in Broxbourne, where he gained his sales experience and other skills that he has brought with him to David Lee. In his spare time, James enjoys playing and watching football (he is an avid Spurs supporter), travelling and socialising.

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    Testimonials from Landlords

    • Landlord Testimonial

      We won't be changing agents!

      Having been disappointed with previous letting agents David Lee have exceeded our expectations, we have recommended them to our friends on numerous occasions none of our rentals have been vacant for more than a few days between tenants and they are always on the end of the phone or email for us and our tenants. We won't be changing agents! Paul & Wendy Dockley

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      trusted and reliable agents

      We let two houses and have used David Lee for both of them, we have been really impressed with how quickly the staff are able to find suitable tenants. Our most recent house was a new build and as we live overseas it was imperative that we could rely on trusted and reliable agents to help with the completion process. They were willing to meet with the builders for handover and snagging, arrange the collection of keys on completion and employed excellent trades people to finish the fixtures and fittings post sale. Mr M Fradley

    • Landlord Testimonial

      Great customer service
      Well done David Lee Estates - my parents had their house on rental markets for days and already an offer has been accepted! Great customer service keep it up! Mr A Kinsley

    Testimonials from Tenants

    • Tenant Testimonial

      competent and efficient lettings agency

      David Lee Lettings are a very competent and efficient lettings agency. I have rented 2 properties from them and have found them to be a very understanding and caring agent who always put the needs of the tenant first. They understand the importance of where you live being a home, not just a house. Mrs A Latchford

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