With over 30 years’ experience in the Central London office market, we only advise occupiers, so are always acting in your best interests. We pride ourselves on finding both the ideal premises and the best deal for our clients, while also helping to dispose of any surplus office space or liabilities that you may have.
When we take on your brief to find new office premises, we immerse ourselves in your business until we fully understand how it works and what your future expectations are. In this way, we find property solutions that are relevant and are of the best value. We listen and understand, then act.
Establishing accurate search parameters for our clients is paramount when providing up-to-date market information. As a result, your expectations are managed and you will understand the value of each sub-market in Central London.
We actively cover the legal formalities with your appointed solicitor to ensure that the transaction proceeds smoothly and correctly. Care is taken to ensure that the Heads of Terms agreed are clear and concise, to minimise the risk of any legal transaction aborting. If there is chasing to do to enable all parties to speak constructively with each other during the legal process, then we make the calls to ensure the job gets done.
Using our services is an investment and enables our clients to consider our fees money well spent, especially when considering all the areas of negotiation that need to be covered to deliver the right deal for your business.
It is important to make sure that you get the best value for money on your rates. We therefore investigate avenues for appeal that could save significant amounts of money, especially in a period when rates are increasing on a yearly basis. We work on a ‘no saving no fee’ basis when pursuing the relevant rating officers to ensure that any settlement or reduction is achieved at the earliest stage possible.
It is sometimes necessary to protect a client against any future costly and unnecessary reinstatement provisions in a new lease. With this in mind, we draw up photographic and written Schedules of Condition that effectively record the state of the offices at the time that the lease is signed. Hence, you will avoid the Landlord claiming dilapidations that are not properly due.
We work with several building surveying experts, who will also negotiate with the Landlord to ensure that any dilapidation settlement is achieved at the best possible price for our clients.
Our market information and expertise enables us to advise clients when settling rent reviews. How you approach a rent review is vital, not only in terms of the amount agreed, but also the timing of the negotiation. A review is also subject to many variables concerning lease clauses, which will determine the likely rental settlement.
We make sure that the Heads of Terms that we agree for our clients will ensure that as much cover as possible is given during the rent review process, so our client is protected against the Landlord’s ambitions.
Our rent review experts are aware of any loopholes in the process and can give practical and realistic advice, thus ensuring the swiftest and best settlement possible.
Should you stay or should you go?
Timing is vital here and we pride ourselves on regularly informing our clients of market trends so they can decide whether they want to make the most of market conditions well in advance of any lease expiry.
We will provide you with market information and analysis so you can decide whether it is best for your business to stay put or to seek alternative accommodation. To make the most of our expertise, it is important for you to contact us at least 12 months prior to the end of any lease or break option. Understanding where the market is going and identifying future trends, we can present you with the best options, by accurately comparing the benefits of a lease renewal against a total relocation.
Whether you are acquiring a floor or an entire building, it is important to ensure that your new business home is in the right condition, with no latent or hidden works that need to be carried out.
Our building surveying experts work on a competitive fee basis to protect your company against any hidden maintenance costs that the Landlord will attempt to recover through the service charge. We are able to identify necessary works and negotiate with the Landlord to ensure that they are carried out before commencement of the lease.
Landlords levy a service charge on their tenants to pay for the costs of running the building. These costs can run out of control and do not give value for money, but must still be paid. We help by looking in detail at the individual service charge items and challenging the landlords to provide you with better value for money.