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Fiona Guthrie
ex- Lettings Director

When I arrived for my interview at Plaza back in 1985, I was immediately struck by the hub of activity - it felt like a City trading floor. Not like the other rather sleepy agents I had also been to see. Plaza was serious about its Lettings Department and did not consider lettings to be 'second fiddle' to sales. I liked that. I trained under a fabulous manager and we opened the Knightsbridge office in October 1985. I became manager 2 years later. The business has grown considerably since then. I have built up the department drawing on experience gained from my previous marketing and advertising background and using my principles of professionalism, service, honesty and hard work. Many clients have been with us for over 20 years and we continue to enjoy trust and respect for each other. Lettings has always been a legal minefield and I work hard to ensure that I am knowledgeable of the changes in the law and able to give sound advice. I was rather chuffed to achieve the top marks in the country for the industry legal exam. The internet has changed our business enormously. The technology we have now is incredible - it's another world compared to the old days. I still believe in my old fashioned principles.

Blog posts by Fiona Guthrie
Mon 18th March 2019
We are perplexed by the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit negotiations which seem never ending. However the uncertainty has an upside for the rental market as anyone unsure o...
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Thu 29th November 2018
Many landlords have taken on board the advice to refurbish so as to ensure their property stands out and lets well even in a slower market. We have carried out a number of ref...
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Mon 26th November 2018
Shops on Beauchamp Place are hosting a special Christmas shopping day on 5th December. Do pop in and see us for a very warm welcome, a glass of fizz and festive cheer. We wo...
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Mon 8th October 2018
The bursts of activity make up for the quieter months in the lettings market and we do our utmost to guide our landlords on making the right decisions at the right time...
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Mon 4th June 2018
Demand generally has picked up since the May bank holidays. Our register of available properties has recently seen a boost so we are well placed to be able to offer a varied s...
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Mon 12th March 2018
"A number of our clients have taken the opportunity during the quieter winter months to upgrade their properties and we are project managing their refurbishments"...
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Mon 22nd January 2018
The demand for rental property increased significantly with large flats and houses letting as well as the smaller one and two bedroom flats...
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Thu 26th October 2017
As predicted, enquiries for larger family properties dropped off as summer ended and the new school year commenced....
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Rental Market Comment Summer
Fri 14th July 2017
Rental Market Comment Summer 2017 by Fiona Guthrie...
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Thu 4th May 2017
The Spring market has been erratic but the unexpectedly warm weather in April brought with it an upturn in demand especially from the corporate sector which was very encouragi...
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Wed 8th March 2017
A changing world and a changing market....
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Tue 24th January 2017
The supply of available rental property in Central London has decreased...
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Tue 10th January 2017
The rental market typically quietens down as winter draws in and this was the case at the end of 2016. ...
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Knightsbridge landmark gets new look
Mon 7th November 2016
Two redesigned bars and a transformed entrance give the iconic Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge a thoroughly modern new look. ...
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Fiona Guthrie | Rental Market Comment | Autumn 2016
Thu 13th October 2016
Our Summer market comment was written just a few weeks after the Brexit Referendum and consequently was a little uncertain. Summer usually being boom time for the rentals mark...
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Plaza Estates Fabric Magazine Ad September 2016
Fri 9th September 2016
Plaza Estates Fabric Magazine 2...
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Plaza Estates Facebook Ad
Wed 31st August 2016
We are pleased to report that the last four weeks has seen a slightly more positive rental market...
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Plaza Estates Rental Market Comment 2016
Wed 27th July 2016
The last few weeks have been fairly unpredictable while people have been digesting the EU Referendum result. However, we believe that this will settle down as people realise i...
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Tue 19th July 2016
The last few weeks have been fairly unpredictable while people have been digesting the EU Referendum result. ...
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Wed 6th April 2016
The year started fairly positively but with inconsistency in demand and January had mixed results....
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Mon 7th December 2015
At the time of writing we are basking in unseasonally hot sunshine. London is at its best with the blossom out and the communal gardens bursting with green shoots and colour....
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Wed 2nd December 2015
The rental market has slowed in the last quarter of the year and this is only to be expected....
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Thu 24th September 2015
The waive of demand from students has duly arrived and the corporate sector is also fairly active. ...
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Thu 23rd April 2015
At the time of writing we are basking in unseasonally hot sunshine...
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Fri 23rd January 2015
2014 closed on a high note, particularly at the top end of the market, with a surprising demand for larger properties being experienced in the traditionally quiet months of No...
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Sun 18th January 2015
Following the quiet spring, the lettings market is active again and particularly busy with families. ...
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Sat 23rd August 2014
After the inconsistent demand we experienced earlier in the year it was wonderful to be run off our feet during the summer, particularly in June. ...
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Sun 23rd February 2014
I am pleased to report that 2013 ended and the new year began with a flurry of activity....
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Thu 23rd May 2013
The Spring market is traditionally a buoyant time for lettings....
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Tue 17th July 2012
Early Summer is usually a premium time for letting agents with the market exploding with rental enquiries especially for larger properties....
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