Introducing your local estate agents

30

YEARS WORKING OUT OF THE SAME OFFICE IN MARYLEBONE, LONDON.

60

60 YEARS COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE OF SELLING PROPERTIES IN LONDON

50

YEARS COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE OF LETTING PROPERTIES IN LONDON

As an Independent local estate agent in central London, we are not led by individual targets set by a faceless head office; we are driven by our own ambition and good name. We pride ourselves on our personal service, always acting in the best interests of our clients with integrity and professionalism. Our business thrives not only on word of mouth, but trust, and that trust has been rewarded by our clients' loyalty in returning to us over and over again in the past 30 years.

We're in the enviable position of having a dedicated team, who have been with us for many years and have a wealth of experience in property sales and lettings. And we believe it's this experience and intimate neighbourhood knowledge that sets York Estates apart from other estate agents in Central London.

We are also members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA).

As an Independent local estate agent in central London, we are not led by individual targets set by a faceless head office; we are driven by our own ambition and good name. We pride ourselves on our personal service, always acting in the best interests of our clients with integrity and professionalism. Our business thrives not only on word of mouth, but trust, and that trust has been rewarded by our clients' loyalty in returning to us over and over again in the past 30 years.

The York Estates Service

  • Sales

    Beginning with an in-depth appraisal of your property, be that a flat, house or apartment, we are able to provide a pricing recommendation based on first-hand knowledge of similar property transactions and current buying trends. Once instructed we'll initiate the process of identifying potential buyers and can offer practical advice on all aspects of selling and marketing your property.

  • Letting

    We are very aware of the importance of finding the right tenant for our clients' rental properties and are therefore most discerning when introducing applicants to our landlords, and do all we can to ensure a trouble free letting. We personally apply for three (personal and professional) references rather than use a 3rd party to ensure the applicant’s suitability.

  • Marketing

    Your property will appear on all major estate agency portals to ensure maximum worldwide sales or letting exposure is achieved. All photography and floor plans are professionally handled by us, and we will also advise on advertising within local and national media, as well as checking your property against our extensive database of high quality residential and investment buyers and tenants. Our years of experience have enabled astute selection in qualifying applicants to ensure that they really are ready and able to buy or rent your property.

  • Buying

    If you're buying a house, flat or apartment in Central London why not register with us? Popping in for a chat to discuss your plans, priorities and budget will give you a true taste of our local real estate expertise.

  • Tenants

    We welcome tenants both from the UK and the rest of the world. They include private individuals, as well as corporate accounts, foreign expats and visiting academics.

  • Property Management

    If you are not able to be ever present, or do not wish to manage your property, then it is imperative that you employ a reliable firm to do this on your behalf. We have a dedicated team led by Amanda Molyneux. Her little black book is filled with the area’s best plumbers, electricians, decorators and repair services, which means we always call on the best, locally sourced skilled labour at sensible prices. Our expert advice on how clients can expect to achieve maximum rental yield on their properties is an invaluable inclusion to our trusted management service.

  • Local expertise

    Because we’ve always been in the area, we know the local neighbourhood inside out from Marylebone and Edgware Road to Baker Street and across Central London. We’ll happily share our knowledge with you regarding the best restaurants, schools, quality tradesmen – all those little nuggets of wisdom that help when you are either buying, selling or letting property in the London.

  • Tenants Fees

    Please see below

  • Landlord Fees

    Please see below

Happy Customers

Dear Julia, Clare and David, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work over the past 9 months. It has been greatly appreciated from a tricky vendor! Facts speak for themselves: 16 flats sold in 8 months, In direct competition with 3 other local agents, York sold 75% percent of them, With 15% increase in prices achieved over the duration, And not only no price chips, but more money secured post agreement of sale! Many thanks for your acceptance and patience with all my demands, and I look forward to working with you in the future; it has been a somewhat refreshing experience compared with my dealings with other members in the industry..!

Grainger Residential Management

Julia Lilley looked at my flat and told me she had the perfect buyer. They viewed the property and we accepted their asking price offer. During the conveyancing Julia liaised with all parties and kept me informed every step of the way. Not only was she always up to speed on the various stages of the sale, but in her absence I could speak to any of her colleagues who were always very helpful. I found the whole process very efficient and York Estates were a pleasure to deal with. I would recommend them.

Mr P. Fabian

I have been buying and selling properties through David Ireland at York Estates for over 10 years. I would highly recommend York Estates as they offer realistic advice and build excellent relationships with both buyers, sellers and their solicitors. This plays a vital role in a smooth and efficient transaction. I wouldn't buy or sell property in W1 without them!

Sophie Lawrence

I have had the pleasure of working with George and Toni for over 10 years in the letting of Flat 4 and they have always been extremely professional, thorough and a pleasure to do business with. When it came to the sale of Flat 4 I wanted to appoint York Estates as sole agents given the relationship and I am delighted that we have had a successful result.

Mr Simmonds

As a buyer, Julia and her colleagues at York Estates were fantastic to deal with. We started with a broad search and their knowledge of the area was the best we saw. As we moved into the offer process, communication was very clear and straightforward. And as we moved towards exchange and completion they were highly efficient at moving the process along. A pleasure all round.

Nick Studer

My wife and I worked with York Estates for some fifteen years. Throughout this time York Estates kept us informed on the market, successfully arranged lettings for our flat, undertaken the subsequent management of the premises, and handled the sale with vacant possession on a sole agency basis. On all occasions they have dealt with us in a professional, knowledgeable, fair and friendly manner, all with good results.

Sir Julian Berney

I have had dealings with York Estates over many years now and in particular with David Ireland in sales and in each instance the service I have received has been first class. They are professional, approachable, reliable and very personable in their approach to acting for me as the Vendor or Buyer. I have bought and sold through York Estates and so has my sister and on every occassion we have been very impressed with all aspects of there work. The sales price that has been achieved through them has been extremely impressive which shows me they have an understanding of the current market conditions and how to market my property most appropriately and to the right potential buyers. I would not hesitate in recommending York Estates to anyone considering selling or buying a property in there area. They would be my first choice every time to carry out my property transaction in the future.

Anthony Dixon

I had been dealing with York Estates for many years. I knew all the staff in the office. They proved to be helpful, efficient and dedicated to their work. During the sale of my flat recently, Julia even replied to an email of mine when she was on holiday abroad. The marketing of the flat received good coverage in the internet as York Estates employed all the three leading online advertising sites. Advice and support were generously given during the negotiation phase. David was good at chasing up paper and made sure that the conveyancing process progressed smoothly. All in all, this led to a successful conclusion. Dr Lo

Dr Lo

From the beginning stages of selling our flat, Julia Lilley and the team at York Estates were helpful, efficient, courteous and responsive. Julia helped us to navigate the flat-selling process every step of the way, and was a fantastic liaison among the lawyers, buyers and us. Her knowledge of the Marylebone real estate market generally, and Clarewood Court specifically, means she is an invaluable resource to anyone wishing to buy or sell property in the area. We would recommend York Estates without hesitation.

Deirdre Pappalardo

We recently used York Estates to buy our new home and then to sell our existing house. We would thoroughly recommend them. They combined professionalism with a personal touch, and have an excellent knowledge of the local area and market which was invaluable. They were extremely helpful and flexible whether we wanted to arrange a viewing, negotiate the price or just get some friendly reassurance that it would all come together in the end. We are really pleased with our new home and they played a big part in making it happen.

Sarah and Aidan Stevens

Meet The Team

  • Julia

    Founding partner Julia has not only worked in the area for the past 30 years, she has also spent much of that time living close to the Marylebone office. She actively works in residential property sales as well as having years of lettings experience, and personally oversees all sales transactions. Julia loves the area around Marylebone, especially the eclectic mix of independent shops in York Street and in particular the beautiful perfumery.

  • David

    David has worked in the Marylebone property market for over 20 years. He has built up a list of loyal clients who rely on his knowledge and advice time and time again. When David is not selling homes in the area he can usually be found on the squash court at Seymour Leisure Centre on Seymour Place.

  • George

    George has been letting property in Central London for over 30 years, managing the Lettings Department for the past 27 of those. With an impressive knowledge of lettings law, George is adept at advising on all aspects of Landlords’ obligations. His appreciation of the superb range of eateries in Portman Village is boundless.

  • Toni

    With over 25 years at York Estates, Toni is as tenacious and dedicated to her work as she was since she first joined. Her professionalism and attentiveness makes her very popular with our clients. Toni loves the area around Marylebone, Edgware Road and Baker Street and, when the job allows, pays frequent visits to the fresh market produce on offer at Church Street market and the unique fare at Alfies Antique Market.

  • Amanda

    Amanda is our property management guru and has been part of the team for over 20 years. Every day is spent ensuring that both our clients and tenants are happy, dealing with the few problems that may arise in our managed properties – she has a keen eye and can oversee and advise on decoration, home improvements etc. Amanda is an avid gardener and is a frequent visitor to our local florist Titania Gardens on Crawford Street.

  • Stephanie

    The youngest member of our team, Stephanie is in charge of our online property sales and lettings marketing by updating and maintaining our website, as well as looking after our social media accounts. She is the backbone of the company and ensures the office is running efficiently. She has great organisational skills and keeps our systems up to date and, being multi lingual, enjoys conversing with the variety of clients we work with. Stephanie loves working between Hyde Park and Regents Park, as she is a keen dog lover and so appreciates the green open spaces in the middle of central London.

 

Find us

Google map showing location of York Estates

Landlord Fees

Landlord Fees

Our letting service is charged at 12% (10% plus VAT) of the gross annual rent for the duration of the tenancy and includes the following services:

  • Appraising the rent, advertising and marketing of your property on the relevant portals and circulating details to Relocation Agents on a regular basis
  • Provide guidance on compliance with regulations
  • Accompanied viewings
  • Agreeing terms on your behalf with a prospective tenant and obtaining a non-refundable deposit equivalent to two weeks rent
  • Applying for references
  • Preparing the Tenancy Agreement on your behalf subject to any agreed amendments
  • Holding the Tenant’s deposit in a nominated clients account and registering the deposit with our scheme provider The Dispute Service and providing the Tenant with a certificate confirming that the deposit has been protected
  • Collecting the rent and remitting payment to your UK account. In the case of non-resident Landlords, an approval certificate will be required from F.I.C.O otherwise we are duty bound to deduct basic rate tax at 20% from all rents received and remit this to HMRC on your behalf
  • Administer and negotiate all subsequent tenancy renewals on your behalf

Letting and Management Service

 Our letting and management service is charged at 18% (15% plus VAT) of the annual rent for the duration of the tenancy and includes the following services in addition to those provided under the letting service:

  •  Arrange for any necessary repairs to be carried out during the tenancy and discharge payment to third party contractors on your behalf. We retain a working fund to deal with this
  • Arranging an inventory checkout report and professional cleaning at the end of the tenancy
  • Submit any unresolved disputes to The Dispute Service for adjudication
  • Provide a statement of income and expenses at the end of each tax year upon request
  • The inventory compilation and the subsequent check in fee is the Landlord’s responsibility
  • Arrange gas safety records, electrical safety checks and smoke & carbon monoxide alarms where required
  • Hold keys throughout the Tenancy

Additional fees:

  •  Tenancy deposit scheme: Registration of Tenant’s deposit with our scheme provider £30 including VAT
  • You will be required to provide an inventory and have the tenants checked in. The inventory company charge is dependent on the size and contents of the property. The inventory compilation and the subsequent check in fee is the Landlord’s responsibility. The costs will vary according to the provider and the size of the property and are typically between £130 (Inc VAT) and £200 (Inc VAT) for the compilation and between £160 (Inc VAT) and £220 (Inc VAT) for the check in. York Estates do not make any additional charges for arranging this service
  • If we are required to submit quarterly returns to HMRC under the non-resident landlords scheme: £100 plus VAT per quarter
  • Sale of property to tenant: 2% plus VAT of the purchase price agreed
  • The Tenancy Agreement on your behalf subject to any agreed amendments
  • Holding the Tenant’s deposit in a nominated clients account and registering the deposit with our scheme provider The Dispute Service and providing the Tenant with a certificate confirming that the deposit has been protected
  • Collecting the rent and remitting payment to your UK account. In the case of non-resident Landlords, an approval certificate will be required from F.I.C.O otherwise we are duty bound to deduct basic rate tax at 20% from all rents received and remit this to HMRC on your behalf
  • Administer and negotiate

Tenants Fees

Once a suitable property has been found for you and an offer has been accepted, a non-refundable deposit is required to be paid, usually in the sum of two weeks rent.  From this deposit we will deduct fees as set out below:

  • Tenancy agreement fee – £210 (Inc VAT) per property
  • Referencing and passport checking fee - £210 (Inc VAT) per property

This is charged on a one off basis and so there are no further admin charges payable if the Tenancy is subsequently extended or renewed.

In the event of a change of occupier during the Tenancy, this will entail drawing up a new Tenancy Agreement and applying for references, so the above fees (£420 Inc VAT) will be payable in full by the new Tenant.

If you are forced to break the Tenancy early due to unforeseen circumstances and your Landlord instructs us to re-market the property, you will remain responsible for the payment of rent and the terms of the Tenancy up until such time that we find an acceptable replacement Tenant. Please also note that you will need to cover the Landlord’s costs and fees in respect of the creation of the original contract which are calculated on a pro rota basis covering the unexpired remainder of the Tenancy.

 The vast majority of our deposits are usually equivalent to six weeks rent and are held by us as stakeholders and protected in accordance with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme via our scheme provider who is The Dispute Service. At the end of the Tenancy, you will be charged for professional cleaning and there will also be inventory fees payable

Inventory checkout fees

  • Costs will vary according to the size of the property and typically ranges between £160 (Inc VAT) and £220 (Inc VAT) and are charged by the inventory company

End of tenancy professional cleaning

  • Costs will vary according to the size and condition of the property and typically ranges between £240 (Inc VAT) and £480 (Inc VAT) and are charged by the cleaning company

York Estates

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81-82 Crawford Street
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