Business is booming for Duke Letting, a dedicated property letting and management company established 25 years ago, which moved into the heart of Uckfield two years ago from their office at the top of town.
Last year it acquired a portfolio in the Heathfield area, which is now managed from Uckfield, and this year they are incorporating another agency.
That agency, Elliott and Bunn, is the longest-established in Haywards Heath and was 13th in the 2017 EA Masters awards recognising the best letting agents in the country.
This means that Duke Letting, established for nearly 25 years, is now able to let and manage properties throughout East and West Sussex from one office, at 94b High Street, Uckfield.
The aim is to cut costs at a time where there has been a rapid rise in regulations – and tax rises – for landlords.
Additional staff time taken to ensure compliance means it will become harder for small agencies to succeed, and so Duke Letting has acted swiftly and innovatively, creating a larger portfolio, bringing in quality staff, and examining all their procedures.
Proprietor Rod Carmichael said: “This will be of benefit to both landlords and tenants.
“For landlords, fees can remain low while maintaining the same high quality level of service they have come to expect, and, for tenants, modern methods should improve the application and referencing experience.”
• Duke Letting’s sister company Duke Management Ltd which looks after blocks of flats, small estate, communal areas and shop leases has also grown rapidly in the last few years with properties as far afield as London, Bexhill, Burgess Hill and Lewes added to the portfolio.