28 April 2020

LINLEY & Simpson, which has offices throughout North and West Yorkshire including Leeds city centre, said calls and emails from potential renters have been increasing since the Easter weekend.

Research shows that these were now almost on a par with those during the corresponding period 12 months ago.

Whilst all our 19 High Street branches are temporarily closed, the agency - founded by Will Linley and Nick Simpson - remains fully operational serving the needs of our customers, with teams working remotely.

Additionally, we have stepped up the use of video tours where possible, thanks to the help from tenants and landlords. This new way of remote working has enabled Linley & Simpson to complete new tenancies from start to finish without any physical contact with the customer.

Last week, and as a result of a video walk-through being filmed, our Pudsey branch let a property within 24 hours of it being listed. The new tenant, a key worker, moves in this week.

Will Linley, Chief Executive and co-founder of Linley & Simpson, said: "One of the key barometers of the British economy is the property market, and whilst we all knew the industry would naturally take a hit from the coronavirus pandemic, we are now starting to see an upturn in business, in particular in Leeds city centre."

"Our current enquiry levels for available properties has come as a slight surprise to us, but I think it shows that the public are planning for a return to normality sooner rather than later."

"In the early days of the lockdown, our agreed lets reduced to single figures per day. However, in the last week our central referencing team has reported this is now well into double figures."

"A large number of those looking for accommodation within Leeds city centre are those employed as key workers - especially doctors and nurses - and public sector workers maintaining essential services.

"I'd like to stress that facilitating moves for key workers is our priority, and at all times we make sure we follow government guidelines and social distancing."

"We are also witnessing a rise in the number of enquiries from landlords with properties available for immediate occupancy."

Will Linley added: "The coronavirus lockdown has meant we have had to react accordingly. The lessons we are learning now will ultimately allow us to work more efficiently in the future."

"One of our key aims throughout the whole lockdown is to make sure we are still there for our existing customers, making sure our service levels aren't affected by the changes in the way our teams were working."

"We are constantly looking to keep our customers as up to date as possible with any developments which may affect them."

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