A North East lettings agency is celebrating widespread praise from viewers after appearing on a BBC show. Easington-based Castledene Group, one of the largest lettings companies in the North East, has been inundated with inquiries after the company was featured on BBC 1 documentary Meet the Landlords.
The programme, which attracted 2.4 million viewers, showed Castledene agent Bev Corkhill helping an ASBO tenant find a new place to live after neighbours complained about his anti-social behaviour. Viewers took to Facebook and property sites to praise Bev for her caring but no-nonsense approach to tenants.
Landlord Ollie Cornes said: “Bev is an absolute star. What an incredible mix of kindness and strength to be supportive of people in trouble but confident enough to tell them to their face what their responsibilities are. This programme is a reminder that decent landlords should be supportive of political moves afoot to improve standards.”
Castledene Group was established by managing director John Paul in August 2008, to provide property management, property investment and property maintenance services. It has seen five years of steady growth in the region, despite the economic downturn, and celebrated its fifth anniversary this month. It employs 33 members of staff, who manage more than 1,850 properties in the region across six branches including Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Cleveland and Durham.