TWO of the most familiar names on property boards across York have today (10/12/2007) joined forces to create the city's biggest residential letting agency.
Lawton Letting - one of York's longest-standing and most successful agencies - has beco
Staff will also transfer to Linley & Simpson to join its York team led by newly-appointed branch manager Kathryn Burton.
The move brings together two like-minded and successful agencies - with a common business ethos.
Both have their roots in Yorkshire, are independently-run, are dedicated letting specialists, and have joined the industry's elite by achieving accreditation to the regulatory body ARLA (the Association of Residential Letting Agents).
Linley & Simpson has an expanding network of six offices, including York, Wetherby, Harrogate and three in Leeds. Between them, they offer blanket coverage across the so-called 'golden triangle' of the most sought-after places in which to live.
Vicky Lawton said: "This geographical coverage, coupled with the database built up across the Linley & Simpson network, was an important factor for me.
"It gives my landlords and property investors - many of whom have been with me since day one - the opportunity of being able to access a greater pool of prospective tenants. Tenants also benefit by having a bigger choice of properties to match their needs."
She added: "Going forwards, it marks the start of an exciting new era for all of us."
Linley & Simpson director, Will Linley, said: "Vicky and her team have been an integral part of York's burgeoning letting market for more than a decade. We are delighted to have secured such a strong and well-respected business to complement that of our own.
"Not only does the deal create York's biggest dedicated letting agency, it also now makes our Micklegate branch the largest in our network - a sign of the buoyancy of the market in this city as demand for quality rental properties continues to grow ."
"It marks another important step in the company's growth and gives us a strong platform for further enhancing the high level of customer service and satisfaction that we strive to achieve.
"The York district boasts superb properties-to-let and, with its excellent location, good schools and growing business stature, remains a magnet for many prospective tenants."