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Perhaps you’ve entered the market not necessarily through choice but rather through circumstance. May that be through a job relocation, separation or even death. Surprisingly, accidental landlords make up a large number of the private rented sector and we have hands on experience of helping those new to the industry navigate the ins and outs of renting out their property.

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From complex and ever-growing safety legislation, taxes on your rental income to landlord insurance, entering the rental world unplanned can be daunting. We understand your property is important to you and this is an unexpected journey, so we’re here to help.

Our fully managed service completely oversees the rental process, from getting your property ready, finding you the perfect tenant, issuing the tenancy agreement, carrying out regular property inspections and handling all repairs.

Should you opt for our rent collection or let-only services, we provide support and guidance as and when you need it and we offer a variety of additional ‘one-off’ landlord services, such as serving notices, renewing tenancies and carrying out gas and electrical safety checks.

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ALISON SCURR Senior Lettings Negotiator

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After graduating from University with a BA in Education Studies Alison decided not to go in to teaching but took a different career path.

With over 20 years’ experience in Customer Service roles which have included retail, banking and recruitment at all levels, Alison decided to turn her hand to estate agency and almost 7 years later is still here now working as Senior Letting Negotiator. She has successfully completed the Level 3 Course in Residential Letting and Property Management in November 2019 to ensure that she delivers a professional but personal service to our clients. Having lived in Cumbria all her life, Alison has excellent knowledge of the area and is well placed to offer advice.

In her spare time Alison enjoys getting out walking the fells, going to the gym and socialising.

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JACQUI KING Property Management Accounts

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Jacqui is responsible for keeping accurate daily accounts for our three branches throughout West Cumbria, as well as dealing with general enquiries from landlords, tenants, contractors and work colleagues.On leaving school, Jacqui trained to become a nurse and carried out her nursing role for eight years.  She then began working in an accounts role within a variety of establishments, before joining the Estate Agency business nine years ago where she carries out a specialised role within the Grisdales accounts department.Jacqui’s hobbies include foreign travel, eating out and watching motor sports. She lives in West Cumbria and has three sons and a Bichon Frise dog.
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JUDITH CAMERON Property Marketing Manager

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Judith joined Grisdales in 1997 and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in sales and lettings.  She prides herself in giving first class customer care in a very professional yet personable manner.  She’ll talk with you to understand your needs and will work closely with you to agree the best possible strategy for selling or letting your home within the timescale to suit you.  Judith approaches all she does with integrity, expertise and efficiency.

When Judith isn’t at work you’ll find her enjoying life outdoors – she loves paddle-boarding on the local lakes, walking the fells with her family but her real passion is cold water swimming being a gold medal winner at the Scottish Winter Swimming Championships!

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LESLEY KENYON Property Marketing Manager

Lesley joined Grisdales in 2017 as their Weekend Receptionist after she had taken short break from work following the birth of her little girl Ella. Lesley progressed on to Letting Negotiator taking a full time position and is now the Property Marketing Manager covering Whitehaven, Workington and surrounding areas.Lesley has always worked in a customer service and sales roles, spending her previous 5 years as a Client Services Advisor progressing to a Client Accountant.She lives in Whitehaven with her partner Andrew, her daughter Ella Amelia-Lilly and at weekends her stepdaughter Emma Louise
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MELANIE WYKES Property Portfolio Co-ordinator

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Mel is part of the lettings team at Cockermouth, looking after the portfolio of properties and their maintenance, repairs and refurbishments.  Mel also carries out inspections and check-outs whilst ensuring health and safety compliance for our properties.Mel started her career as a graduate Hotel and Catering Manager at Marriott Hotels in London.  Working through various management roles in the field of hospitality led her more into Sales and Business Development.  She was  eventually able to escape the “Big Smoke” and moved, in 2005, to enjoy country life in Cumbria.Mel loves being in West Cumbria and enjoys everything this great outdoor playground offers both to her and her family, whether it’s up on the Fells or kayaking on one of the beautiful lakes.
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NICOLA JONES Lettings Negotiator

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Having completed A levels and a Business Administration NVQ, Nicola has spent her working career so far in busy offices and extending her knowledge around Customer service. Over the past 3 years, Nicola has experienced working in both the sales and lettings departments and has keen interest in all areas.Having recently purchased her first family home she is ambitious in helping others find the perfect home for them. Nicola has always lived local and has a wide knowledge of the area.
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REBECCA TODD Property Portfolio Co-ordinator

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Beckie works as part of the Lettings team at Whitehaven and is involved with many parts of looking after our portfolio of properties, including inspections and check-outs.She joined us after redundancy following several years in the world of banking and says that property management just “caught her eye”.Beckie weaves her work life around being mum to her son and enjoys taking the family travelling.  Her recent experiences include Iceland and Paris.  If not able to travel to far flung corners of the world she’s equally happy having a family day out closer to home.
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RUTH HUTCHINSON Property Portfolio Assistant

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As a Property Portfolio Assistant, Ruth works as part of the team looking after our portfolio of properties, maintaining the properties to a high standard and keeping our customers happy. The safety of our tenants is paramount and Ruth is responsible for sustaining this, arranging the relevant safety checks required to meet industry standards.Ruth has a great deal of experience in customer facing roles across a diverse and varied range of businesses.  She has “enjoyed” the challenge of getting to know the intricacies of double glazing, plumbing and social housing.As a mother of two young energetic boys, Ruth works hard at getting the work/life balance just right to keep everyone happy. There is little time for her own hobbies but usually manages to make some time to keep on top of her social media page and creating personalised gifts.
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JAMES EVANS Property Portfolio Manager

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James Joined Grisdales in March of 2021 as Property Portfolio Manager. His role is split between leading the Property Management Team, as well as overseeing a portion of our Portfolio. James loves problem solving and working as part of a team and best enjoys being involved with the variety of day-to-day operations.With a background in the hospitality trade and experience running multiple hotel-restaurants, James understands the balance of urgency and accuracy, which comes in handy when co-ordinating refurbishments and repair work in our managed properties. This past-experience also brings with it a wealth of people management skills and a great handle on fine tuning processes and systems.Customer service is at the forefront in all that James does to ensure our clients get the best service they deserve from Grisdales.When James isn’t working you will find him either spending time with his wife Destiny, their daughter Paige, friends and family; Or, somewhere in the rough of a local golf course.