We’re your peace of mind

Our expertise


Swift is a specialist, independent agency that lets and manages the southwest London properties of owners who live abroad. Clients in 13 countries across five continents have trusted us to look after some 60 properties — and 95% of them chose us based on recommendations.

We know what can go wrong. We know how stressful, time-consuming and expensive it can be to deal with problems from the other side of the world. We give you peace of mind.

Trusted

Founded in 2010 by Daniel Lees, a landlord himself who has worked with property for more than a decade, we’ve resolved more than 600 callouts — once even needing to rescue a pet python after a leak.

  • Five-star response (as rated by our clients in our Google reviews).
  • A track record of trust: 95% of our business come via referrals.
  • Expert advice from the author of The Accidental Landlord.

Exceptional service

Your very own property manager takes care of everything. Yes, everything — freeing you up to focus on what matters most. Not only do we find your perfect tenant and fix that niggly boiler, we can also clear your loft or forward your mail.

  • Expert advice from the author of The Accidental Landlord.
  • A single point of contact who knows you and your property.
  • We advise you on a choice of cost-effective solutions, but the final decision is yours.
  • All paperwork, admin and hassles taken care of.

Fair fees

Swift has a simple, fair fee structure. Many agents charge upfront, so lack the incentive to manage proactively. But we take our fees monthly — only after your tenant has paid their rent.

  • Reasonable rates.
  • No hidden costs, tradesmen mark-ups or lump sums upfront.
  • Monthly statements and receipts in your inbox for transparency.

Safe

We’re swift (pun fully intended) to resolve issues whilst updating you at every stage. We’re local, so we vet all repair requests before sending a tradesman. In short, we give you complete peace of mind.

  • Annual inspections with photos as standard.
  • 24-hour emergency callouts.
  • Industry-leading reference checks.
  • Screened maintenance requests.
  • Contracts signed securely online.
  • All deposits held at the Deposit Protection Service.
  • Recourse to the Property Ombudsman, where Swift is registered.

Lean

We invest in a virtual office of high-calibre people, not costly high-street shopfronts or branded cars. That means we do more without charging more.

  • 85% of our viewings are on evenings, weekends or bank holidays.
  • Adverts on Rightmove and Zoopla, Britain’s top property websites (not all agents use both).
  • Access to our network of trusted maintenance partners.

Personal

We understand that you’ve bought your London property as a home, not just an investment. Like many of our clients, you’ve lived in it — and you love it. We look after it for you as if it were our own.

  • Free valuations and advice: we meet you at your property.
  • Tenancy agreements tailored to your needs.
  • Tenants matched to your profile.
  • Respect for both you and your tenants.
  • A long-term relationship of trust.

We know our stuff

The Accidental Landlord takes the worry out of letting your home. This easy reference guide by Swift founder Daniel Lees and his wife, Martina Lees, an award-winning property journalist at The Sunday Times, is packed with toe-curling but true stories to learn from.

Published in autumn 2016, it walks you through every step of the lettings process. It gives you the knowhow to succeed in the post-Brexit world of jittery prices, tax changes and 140-plus landlord laws. And when the time comes, it tells you how to buy — and sell — more property, with a dash of wit throughout.

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We come highly recommended

Our property is managed with integrity and a level of professionalism that is rare these days.Janet | Owns in Twickenham, lives in Australia
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