New property inspector for Principle’s south-east expansion

Principle Estate Management has appointed an experienced property expert to support its recent growth into the south-east of England.

Tony Rozario’s new role as property inspector was created after the number of developments the Birmingham-based company managed across the country reached more than 200 – with many of these in and around London.

Mr Rozario has more than 13 years of experience in the property sector in London and the south-east working on everything from inspections to inventories, creating full reports and handling a broad range of financial accounting.

Matt Hill, senior property inspector at Principle, said: “We’re delighted to have appointed Tony to our expanding team as he has the in-depth knowledge that we need.

“Principle’s fast-growing portfolio in the south-east meant we needed someone on the spot for us, and Tony’s location means we have the right skills and focus in the right place.

“We have just reinstated property inspections following the lockdown rules being relaxed, so the timing of Tony joining is perfect. We have had to review our methods of operating to ensure safety and are comfortable with the arrangements we have made.”

Mr Rozario’s has been a property clerk since 2007, working for some of the best inventory companies in London including Red Inventory, where he trained other clerks, and Galliard Homes, where he managed a newly formed inventory department.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be working for Principle which is making such an impact in the managed properties sector.

“I believe that undertaking inspections is an important part of the overall property management function, and I look forward to helping Principle’s quality expansion.”

Principle’s property inspection team uses the Qube site inspection app to make thorough and regular inspections of all properties.

The company’s bespoke surveys ensure full quality checks, looking at building conditions for long-term property maintenance planning, identifying reactive or proactive maintenance requirements and checking the quality of recent repairs.

The inspections also monitor standards of services such as cleaning and grounds maintenance, and check compliance issues for health and safety, and fire regulations.

The Qube app surveys are immediately fed back into Principle’s office system, with pdf-style reports available to clients, flagging up any maintenance issues for the office team to instruct contractors.

Mr Rozario’s recruitment, which came before the current coronavirus crisis, involved not only a traditional interview in the office but also a meeting on a site where he used the app under supervision to test his observation, written skills and use of the technology.

Mr Hill added: “Not all agents undertake routine inspections, but we feel it’s a good solution to have dedicated property inspectors and Tony will improve visibility for our customers.

“We’re all about high standards, and after working for so many companies, Tony’s experience as a property inspector is outstanding, and we’re keen to make good use of his skills.”