In July 2018 we had the unique opportunity to take over a property from a competitor who had fallen into arrears, and likely bankruptcy at some point. They hadn’t paid their landlord in over six months and had been neglecting the property for quite some time. It is a large ten bedroom house and by the time we came onto the scene only four rooms were occupied.
Leyton Park Road (E10, in Leyton) was our second Kingdom Houses, and the first one that I (Dawid) got involved with launching. The landlord is a lovely gentleman named Joe and was always good about repairs, and very reasonable. The house was a 3 bed 2 reception that we ended up running as a 5 bedroom (with 2 rooms for sharing, so 7 people on 1 bathroom!! Insane). We all have to start somewhere, this is where Kingdom Houses started. This is where the real actors came onboard, Safia Davies joined us at this time and has been an invaluable asset to the business ever since.
London has sash windows all over the place, and many of these are either costly to replace or impossible to replace. On the one hand you could be look at thousands of pounds to replace the original wooden sash windows with new UPVC or metal windows, and then on the other you could be limited by planning/the Council and either need to replace it with new sash windows (whether UPVC/metal or wood) or not be allowed to change them at all!!
A blast from the past, I found this video dated May 2010. This is back when we were much smaller (5 houses? Maybe less), we had a small Fiat Panda bought from new on a Hire Purchase Agreement and used it for everything. As we do now, we did a monthly run every month to re-supply properties with toilet paper and other cleaning products. It used to be quick to re-supply, these days it takes ages having to do almost 40 addresses.
Have you ever been so efficient, so beloved, so benevolent that your tenants frame you as an Angel. Give you the highest honour and put you on the Christmas tree /s. Me neither, I’m sure I am up there for other reasons (perhaps that I’m always coming across that I am an angel that can do no wrong?) In any case we found it very amusing, my colleagues have been teasing me all week about it.
Our annual Christmas competition for 2017 saw only 4 houses enter, which is plain silliness when you consider we a prize for a large, medium, and small house. Your chances of winning are 75%, even without making much of an effort that’s great. Well this year we saw some really cool photos and some glamorous meals. Keepin reading to see all the house applicants.
If you drive, get a dash camera. Really honestly get one. One of our vans has recently been in an accident (not able to disclose too many details as still in claim phase) and let me tell you without the dash camera footage Kingdom Houses would have been assumed at-fault. They would assume this because we were turning in from a minor road to a major road, however the dash cam footage reveals:…