Many people dream of having their own property empire and everyone has to start somewhere, right? We’ve seen a rise in the number of buy-to-lets over recent years and there is a lot to consider before becoming a landlord for the first time. With the right guidance and support, we can help you turn your investment into a success.

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From complex and ever-growing safety legislation, taxes and yields to landlord insurance, the rental world can be pretty daunting. But with the right support and guidance, being a landlord can be highly rewarding! That’s where we can 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. We can also put together a bespoke landlord package to suit your every need.

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Meet Our Property Experts

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Alison Scurr Client Services Manager

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Say hello to Alison, our Lettings Client Services Manager, who has been an essential part of our team since 2014. Although she graduated from University with a BA in Education Studies, Alison decided to follow a different path.

With over 20 years of experience in various customer service roles, including retail, banking, and recruitment, Alison found her calling in the estate agency industry. She excels in her role, providing exceptional service and support to our clients. In fact, she completed the Level 3 Course in Residential Letting and Property Management in November 2019, demonstrating her commitment to delivering a personalised and professional experience.

Being a lifelong resident of Cumbria, Alison has an impressive knowledge of the area, allowing her to offer valuable advice and insights. When she's not assisting our clients, you can find her exploring the beautiful fells, hitting the gym, or enjoying quality time with friends and family.

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Judith Cameron MARLA Property Marketing Manager

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Meet Judith, our longest-serving team member who has been with Grisdales since we opened our doors in 1997.

With decades of experience in sales and lettings, Judith brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. She takes great pride in delivering first-class customer care, combining professionalism with a personable approach. By engaging in meaningful conversations, Judith strives to understand your unique needs and collaborates closely with you to develop the best strategy for selling or letting your home within your desired timeframe. With integrity, expertise, and efficiency, Judith ensures a seamless experience for her clients.

As a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (MARLA), Judith stays up-to-date with industry standards and best practices.

Outside of work, Judith embraces an active outdoor lifestyle. She enjoys paddleboarding on local lakes, exploring the fells with her family, and indulging in her true passion for cold water swimming. In fact, she even holds a gold medal from the Scottish Winter Swimming Championships!

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Lesley Daly Lead Generation Manager

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Meet Lesley, a valued member of the Grisdales team since 2017. She started as a Weekend Receptionist after taking a short break following the birth of her daughter. Since then, Lesley's dedication and hard work have led her to progress within the company.

Currently, Lesley holds the position of Lead Generation Manager, overseeing the areas of Whitehaven, Workington, and their surroundings. Her role involves identifying potential leads and opportunities to support the growth of our business.

With a background in customer service and sales, Lesley has honed her skills over the years. Prior to joining Grisdales, she spent five years as a Client Services Advisor, eventually transitioning into a Client Accountant role.

Outside of work, Lesley enjoys spending time with her family. She lives in Whitehaven with her husband Andrew and their daughter Ella Amelia-Lilly. On weekends, they are joined by Lesley's stepdaughter, Emma Louise. In her free time, Lesley's passion for cars takes centre stage and she can often be found attending the latest car shows.

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Melanie Wykes Senior Property Manager

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Meet Mel, who takes care of our extensive portfolio of properties. From maintenance and repairs to refurbishments, Mel ensures that our properties are in top shape and ready to be rented out. She also conducts inspections and check-outs, making sure that everything is in order for our tenants. Mel's career journey began as a graduate Hotel and Catering Manager at Marriott Hotels in the bustling city of London. However, her passion for the great outdoors and a desire for a change of pace led her to make the move to the beautiful countryside of Cumbria in 2005. Along the way, she transitioned into roles focused on sales and business development, using her expertise to drive success. Living in West Cumbria has been a dream come true for Mel and her family. They fully embrace the outdoor playground that this region offers, whether it's hiking up the stunning fells or kayaking on the serene lakes. Mel cherishes every moment spent in nature and values the sense of tranquility and adventure it brings.
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Rebecca Todd Senior Property Manager

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Say hi to Beckie, Senior Property Manager. Joining us in 2019, Beckie handles a range of responsibilities including property inspections, repairs and check-outs, ensuring that our portfolio is well-maintained and our tenants are satisfied. She takes pride in providing excellent service and goes the extra mile to meet our clients' needs. With her previous experience in banking, she brings a unique perspective to the world of property management. Outside of work, Beckie's greatest joy comes from being a mum to her son. They love embarking on adventures together, whether it's exploring new destinations or enjoying local family outings. And let's not forget about their loyal companion, Poppy the Cockapoo, who adds an extra dose of excitement to their camping trips.