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★★★★☆

“Efficient and Good Value”

Written on: 03/07/2014

This was the most cost effective company on offer and completed the process in 7 months. Communication was a bit confusing as the first e-mails from Urban Owners went into junk mail and people therefore didn't respond to requests. E-mails were rather lengthy and requests made at the end of message so if not ploughed through, the requests were missed. Some confusing advice given when Freeholder wanted to process faster. Otherwise a painless process… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“over priced and rude”

Written on: 16/06/2014 by landlord23 (1 review written)

"we don't manage people" i was told by an urban owners block manager. Ahh, what do you do then, Urban Owners? I've been dealing with them for 4 years now and seen the quality of service deteriorate rapidly. The service charge has gone up by over £400! Now we're being charged "reserve fund" and "deficit" on top of the standard service charge. The staff are difficult to contact, defensive and respond to issues far too slowly and don't seem to appreciate value for money. in the process now… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Useless. Avoid at all costs”

Written on: 06/06/2014 by Picturehouseresident (1 review written)

They are absolutely useless. They so not respond to requests or take months to. Organising repairs even emergency ones takes forever. They don't bother responding most of the time. When they do organise repairs they are substandard and every time they have to be repeated again and again and again at the cost of residents. Their costs are astronomical for the service they provide, or not provide actually. AVOID!… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Don't believe the hype”

Written on: 15/10/2013

They seduce you by their seemingly simple fresh approach to managing your block. Sadly, delivery doesn't meet the promise. Initial excitement turns to slow responses, frankly incompetent staff, high costs for things such as replacement keys and hidden charges. My favourite has to be the £150 + VAT admin charge that they threaten you with if you don't respond within a week. The low entry prices are a smokescreen for the extra charges that will inevitably follow. Add to that, a number of staff… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“First class service”

Written on: 15/10/2013 by Gerrysos (1 review written)

I first used Urban owners 3 years ago. I owned a flat in a block of 24 and was constantly being ripped of by the management company. I know nothing about right to manage at the time and Urban Owners were a breath of fresh air. From the moment I contacted them I have found them to be very professional and helpful. They are always available and reply to emails. On this occasion they carried out all the paperwork and saw the completion of right to manage to completion. I have since used their… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Avoid expensive slackers”

Written on: 18/09/2013 by Lomarabu (1 review written)

After a reasonable start, they failed to follow simple instructions, over jobsworthy and lazy. The organisation is rotten from the top down After threatening to sack them and downgrading from full management to admin because of poor service, we sacked them. Legal department is particularly ineffective andpoor....failed to act in a timely fashion, needed micro managing Go elsewhere as this bunch are only interested in charging many extras. They use expensive non,ocal contractors, and have little… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Professional, efficient and approachable.”

Written on: 09/06/2013

Urban Owners are working hard to undo the disastrous work of the previous managing agents for the large development where we own an apartment.Any issues we have raised have been dealt with promptly, correctly and with courtesy. A particular financial mistake made by the previous agents, over Ground Rent has been resolved to everybody's satisfaction. This took a great deal of effort and the Urban Owners team played a full part… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Nearly three years on.”

Written on: 28/05/2013 by PeterAC (2 reviews written)

I first wrote a review on 17/08/2010 stating how pleased with Urban Owners handling of our RTM, nothing has changed. They are as keen today as when we first contacted them.For those who have reason to find fault remember you must stay involved. You cannot just hand all over to U.O.and expect miracles if you lived in a freehold house I bet you would be more involved.I bet I will receive flak for this but what the hell we all have our opinions… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“RTM Accomplished”

Written on: 04/04/2013 by Jiseys (1 review written)

We made a good decision to appoint Urban Owners to guide us through the process of gaining the Right To Manage our building. The whole procedure was made very clear and we were kept informed about every step in the process. We now are able to ensure that the property maintenance is carried out in a timely fashion and the investment of the landlord and the leaseholders is looked after properly. Thank you Urban Owners… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Great to do business with”

Written on: 06/02/2013 by leiighm (1 review written)

We contacted Urban Owners about 3 years ago after dealing with 2 very bad management companies had ripped us off. We have never had anything but great service from Urban Owners, appointing our own contractors and managing our yearly budget. It is something that a lot of people can not be bothered doing, but believe me it will save you thousands. I could go on. But I am not someone who normal writes reviews… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“HAPPY ALL ROUND”

Written on: 10/01/2013

Purchased for my grandson,highly delighted as all his mates have the same model.thanks again… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“A breath of fresh air”

Written on: 01/10/2012 by elizabeth13 (2 reviews written)

Our company have been with UrbanOwners for a year. We have the admin assist package which is our preferred choice. It is good to be able to leave the money and legal side with UrbanOwners whilst we manage the two blocks.They have been very helpful and are ready to give advice by phone or email. They have followed up well on arrears which is something our previous managing agents were slow to do so now we know what we have in the bank and what jobs we can achieve. We find the staff at… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Ineffective after promising start.”

Written on: 05/09/2012

Urban owners was employed to manage our block after bad experiences from two previous management agencies. The managing director of the company came to see visit us with wonderful promises. The website looked very good and the ability to view our accounts on our own website sounded great. We decided to go for full management.We even went to the trouble to contact residents of other blocks managed by UO and got glowing reports! Are they actually with the same company???? From the start… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“NICE BUT LAZY - NEED CLOSE SUPERVISION AND STRONG...”

Written on: 14/08/2012

We opted for Urban Owners after Peverel/OM were ripping us off. After a laughable two years with Cleaver property trying to get us through the RTM we sacked Cleaver and moved to Urban Owners Full Management option. Their business model is much better than anyone else and on paper they should be much better. Sadly, 6 months in, they have proved to be no better than anyone else. It's difficult becasue I really want them to work as there seems to be no alternative but we are seriously now… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“1ST Class Service”

Written on: 12/06/2012 by djjohnc (1 review written)

Urban Owners took over the running of our Development of 2 blocks of 12 Flats under Admin Assist in Dec 2010 with just 23 pence in our account as our previous agents had no idea of the best way of dealing with late or none payment of service charge and would use debt recovery companies and there fees would wipe out any money collected and ther was never enough money to get things like decorating done. With Urban Owners we now have well over £10k surplus and rising fast and it is down to there… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“A good service”

Written on: 22/05/2012

Urban Owners offer a good cost efficient service management service. Our block of flats has used them for 18 months now, and they have been very good at running the day to day operations (managing payments, bank account etc.) They have also been instrumental in helping us improve the financial discipline of some leaseholders - they have a good legal process for late payers etc. Their finance team has also been very responsive to bespoke issues - e.g. most recently they acted swiftly and… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Great service from Urban Owners”

Written on: 03/04/2012 by goodservice (1 review written)

Urban Owners set up the RTM for our small block of three flats. It has been a smooth operation, no problem whatsoever, every deadline reached on time and thoroughly explained. As we decided to manage the block ourselves, there has been no pressure to use Urban Owners as Managers. We would recommend their courteous and professional service to anyone who would like to get rid of the burden of nasty Management Companies. … Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Friendly, fast and efficient”

Written on: 06/03/2012 by petra_a (1 review written)

Our block of 4 flats only became fully self-managing in February 2012, but alone the transition form a moneygrabbing managing agency that couldn't get repair works on a burned out flat sorted 'til six month after the fire to Urban Owners as adminstrators to our self-managing company since last summer was very encouraging. From the first phonecalls and emails Urban Owners give the impression of very friendly, fast and efficient service. Apart from cutting costs on service charges we flat owners… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to petra_a's Review

Written on: 21/04/2012

hi can you post whom you spoke with at Urban Owners because I called and got someone quite useless and a little rude! Thanks.

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Petra_A's Response to petra_a's Review

Written on: 23/04/2012

hi, my first concact at Urban Owners was Gareth Lewis, ask for him or Lesley Whiley, anyway, so far everyone was absolutely fine.

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★☆☆☆☆

“LOUSY EXPENSIVE SERVICE”

Written on: 05/03/2012

I am an experienced landlord with a number of properties in different blocks, managed by different agencies. Only with Urban Owners do I experience the following: regular failure to come back to me, and lengthy delay in getting building repairs completed - if at all. And it isn't as though they are cheap. Previoulsy if there was a problem caused by another flat, e.g. a leak coming from above, the managing agency dealt with it. Not now with Urnban Owners. I am now being told I must get the… Read Full Review

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Written on: 06/10/2012

well i don't know but you seem to be on your own when it comes to complaining. we have found urban owners truly superb.so i cant understand your comments at all.

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★★★★★

“Well Pleased, I'm over the moon.”

Written on: 03/03/2012

For about five years I have been ripped off by the management agents tied in with the freehold company. I could never understand the accounts and trying to contact them was near impossible. Urban Owners arranged for us to set up our own RTM Company. The service was professional and we were kept informed at every stage of the process. There was no pressure to use them as managing agents when the changeover was finalised and even after completion they were there to offer help and advice. Although… Read Full Review

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