About Southcourt Property Services Ltd
Southcourt Property Services Ltd provides a range of property related services on behalf of local authorities, letting agents, private landlords, solicitors, investors and corporates. Our services include residential lettings, property management, estate and letting agent training products, letting and estate agency websites, cloud software, property portal feeds, web hosting, syndicated advertising, and relocation services, SEO and social media management services as well as a property investment consultancy service to high-net-worth bodies.
First set up as letting agents in London in 1989, we acquired hands-on experience in establishing & growing a new lettings business.
Training Since 1997
This is the year we developed our totally unique Agency Business Start Up Package which quickly became a nationwide success.
By now we were providing a diverse range of services across the property industry and on financial advice we incorporated.
First set up as letting agents in South London as ‘sole traders’ trading as ‘South-Lets’. The owner was already experienced in managing family investment property, and this decision was based on the expectation that, following creation of the ‘assured shorthold tenancy’ by The Housing Act 1988 the previous year, the buy-to-let market (as it was then called) was on the brink of massive growth. Subsequent events proved this decision to be spot-on.
Changed name to ‘Southcourt Property Management’, experience having shown the ongoing property management side of the business to be the most lucrative. We developed, refined and innovated in growing our business to a significant level in the space of just three years.
Perceiving a growing demand for letting agents nationwide, we took the decision to create a franchise operation alongside our own agency business. For this purpose we formed a holding company under the name ‘Home-Lets Associates Limited’. However we found ourselves far too busy to develop and run this and subsequently abandoned the idea. Instead, following frequent requests from individuals to ‘train them up as letting agents’, we embarked on a more informal, 1-2-1 training programme in our offices and alongside our day-to-day business activities. This proved to be very popular.
By this time we had considerable training experience under our belt as well as letting and estate agency experience, and we identified an opportunity to offer our combined experience on a wider level, and at the same time fill a gap in the market for low cost training. For this purpose we developed a totally unique ‘Letting Agency Complete Business Package’, which we advertised UK-wide in the national press (the internet was still in its infancy at that time).
We joined the growing trend for letting and estate agents to take advantage of the internet, and launched our first letting agency website. Fairly basic by today’s standards, but it did a great job at the time!
This was the next significant milestone in our history, when for the first time we developed a separate website for our massively successful Letting Agency Complete Business Package (www.lettings-opportunity.co.uk). This domain serves to provide permanent testament to our history, along with the original business domain www.southcourt.co.uk.
By now our business interests had become quite diverse, and we found ourselves involved with several offspins related to our property management services as well as letting (and estate) agent training. For this reason, and on our accountant’s advice, we made the long overdue decision to reorganise and amalgamate our activities under a single banner, incorporating as Southcourt Property Services Ltd. Shortly afterwards we developed our unique Estate Agents Business Package, which is now included within our Lettings and Estate Agents Business Package.
Having created (and continue to support) more than 1000 agencies now, many of whom have grown to multi-million £ turnovers, we feel that we’ve made a significant and valuable contribution to the UK property industry. Many of these agencies have taken advantage of the growing use of search engine optimisation and social media that we include in our packages, as free and highly effective tools to market their services. It was at this time that we created a training package containing dedicated SEO and marketing components, the Southcourt Platinum Package.
With a wealth of experience behind us and the property market on course for steady growth, we have several ambitious and innovative plans for the second half of 2019.
We look forward to welcoming you on board – watch this space!