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Under the skin of the letting market

Here we share news and views on both the local letting market in & around Oxfordshire and all planned and recent legislation.


A long hot summer, whatever the weather!


May to August is the busiest time of our year. It is quite normal for Oxford letting agents to pack half a year’s lettings into these hectic four months. 

This year, the letting team at the Abingdon office has let well over 100 properties since the start of May. Our expert property managers have turned around a similar number of tenancies – it is a huge logistical exercise.

The demand is from families moving for the school year and from companies relocating people and taking on new staff – and just a general feeling of the “sap rising” – people like to move house in the spring and summer, with the warmer weather and longer days.

Some property to rent in and around Abingdon, particularly older rural cottages, let better at this time of year – so as agents of those landlords, we try to ensure their property becomes available at this time if possible. But this is far less critical for town houses or urban apartments.

The summer is also a time when many of our local sponsorships kick in. Examples this year include the Fun in the Parks event, the Baldon Feast, The Sunningwell Music Festival, and others. In addition to financial support we supply banners and promotional materials, and normally a few members of our team attend these events.

This year, of course, brought the spectacle of the Olympic torch as it passed through the town. The entire team turned out to see the torch pass the office at around 7.40am en route toLondon. Whether or not it was the bacon rolls that got them in so early – who can say?

All of these things take planning, time, and dedication – the FK team go over and above every time. We are nothing, if not local. What is the point of having offices in the market towns if we don’t participate?

Others can keep their hangers on the bypasses and their centralised call centres. We’ll stay where we belong – in the local community.

Some of our 100+ lettings