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22nd June 2015

Streets Ahead celebrate winning top titles in The Times and The Sunday Times Letting Agency of the Year Awards for fourth year in a row

Streets Ahead Estate Agents beat hundreds of other firms to win two of the most coveted titles in The Times and The Sunday Times Letting Agency of the Year 2015 awards.

For the fourth year running, we retained the Best Small Lettings Agent in the South East title, and the Gold Award for Best Customer Service at a glittering awards at the Lancaster Hotel in London on Friday (June 12th), compered by broadcaster Penny Smith.

Marathon World Record holder Paula Radcliffe presented the awards to Director Gary O’Hare and several members of Streets Ahead team, who were roundly praised by the judges for continuing “to set the goals to which others aspire.”


Marathon World Record holder Paula Radcliffe (left) presents Lewis Hay, Senior Lettings Negotiator and Gary O’Hare, Director, with the Best Agent South East Award, watched by Sharlene Palmer of sponsors, Zoopla.

The independent panel of judges, chaired by Property Ombudsman Christopher J. Hamer, commented: “Streets Ahead deservedly retains the Gold Award this year in this category (Best in South East).

“They believe their agency exists beyond simply transacting business and they seek to win the hearts and minds of the local community through their expertise and activities. There is an innate understanding that these activities are not undertaken for short term gain but rather with a view to building long term relationships.”

Streets Ahead also won Silver in Best Property Management category, while three of the team were just pipped at the post in individual lettings agent categories at the prestigious awards.

Jon Claustres, a senior lettings negotiator, was shortlisted for Best Lettings Negotiator of the Year; while Daniel Thornton and Nick Durkin, the Croydon and Crystal Palace lettings managers, were shortlisted for Best Lettings Manager of the Year.

“We are thrilled to bits to retain probably the most prestigious awards in our industry,” said Streets Ahead Estate Agents’ Director Gary O’Hare.

“We won Gold Awards as the Best Lettings Agent in South East England, and the overall Best Customer Service Agent, as well as the Silver Award for Best Property Management.

“What is equally thrilling is that three of our team came out top from hundreds of other agents in the individual awards. It says a great deal about the commitment and quality of our entire Streets Ahead team and we are immensely proud of all of them in helping us retain these prestigious awards.”

The independent judging panel oversee an exacting application process, which examines every aspect of each letting agency’s business. In awarding the the overall Best Small Lettings Agency prize to Streets Ahead, they made particular mention of the company’s “proactive… make a difference” approach to building good relationships within the communities they serve.

*The Streets Ahead Estate Agents Foundation was founded to support local charities as part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations. Our target is to raise £20,000 in the coming year, with staff also committing to personally raise £250 each for the Foundation.

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