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Our Story

In April 2015, the co-founders and managing partners of JFM, James Farrar & Joe Mallon, did something extraordinary. 

They started a new managing agency from scratch and began building it into the success story of the block & estate management sector. This was done by creating a service designed for consumers. Our aim was to increase the control and improve the experience of homeowners who paid service charges. This meant being more open, giving more choice and being more transparent. 

This focus on consumer-empowerment encouraged JFM to develop an intelligent approach to property management. We knew no two blocks or estates were the same. That’s why we set out to develop a working relationship tailored to each set of people we worked with.

The result of this approach? An explosion of success between 2015 and 2019.

JFM was incorporated

February 2015 – James & Joe’s first website photos were self-shot on one of their mobiles in a park just down the road from James’ flat 😊

JFM commenced trading

April 2015 – JFM commenced trading with zero clients and zero leads, so the early days were spent walking the streets delivering flyers to local blocks of flats

Humble beginnings

May 2015 – Humble beginnings – first small office was secured in Research House in Perivale, West London

First Clients

July and August 2015 – first clients had been secured in Hendon, Watford and Reading.

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Accredited by the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership (LKP)

October 2015 – Due to JFM’s ethical stance in putting the focus back on consumers and highlighting some of the problems inherent in the industry, JFM became accredited by the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership (LKP)

Move to second office

November 2015 – Sufficient contracts had been signed for JFM to start looking to the future and making space for some staff, thereby moving upstairs in the same building to their 2nd and (slightly) larger office

First full time employee

January 2016 – JFM’s first full-time employee, Luisa, started working with us

JFM’s first birthday

April 2016 – JFM had recently turned one year old and had acquired 28 blocks/estates under management, amounting to 1,160 homes under management

JFM move to their third office

October 2016 – Now 1.5 years old, JFM moved to their 3rd office in Eastcote, West London, and were up to 6 staff members

JFM win their biggest contract

May 2016 – JFM won their biggest contract to-date – Wilmington Close – a 153-unit mixed-use development in Watford

Hot 100

October 2016 – James & Joe were both named in the Hot 100 selected by industry press as two of the most influential people in the leasehold industry nationally

Full ARMA members

April 2017 – JFM became full ARMA members in the shortest timeframe possible (2 years)

JFM move to their fourth office

June 2017 – Into our 4th office, but on our first lease – home in Harrow, NW London, for at least the next 5 years. Team now up to 9 staff members

Finalists in the Property Management Awards

December 2017 – Finalists in the Property Management Awards (PMAs) for the ‘Best Managing Agent of an RMC/RTM Block’ with 1,699 units under management across 47 blocks/estates

Higher-end developments

January 2018 – with JFM now nearly 3 years’ old, higher-end developments started to trust in the fact that we were here to stay – our contract with Scotts Sufferance Wharf in SE1 commenced

Winners of our first national award

July 2018 – Winners of our first national award – ‘Best Medium-sized Managing Agent’ at the ARMA ACE Awards 2018! Now up to 12 staff members

Hot 100

October 2018 – James & Joe are again voted in the Hot 100 as two of the most influential people in the country in the leasehold sector

Winners of ‘London Property Manager of the Year’

November 2018 – Winners of ‘London Property Manager of the Year’ in the Property Management Awards. Clients under management now up to 57 equating to approx. 2,000 homes

JFM turns 4 years old

April 2019 – JFM turns 4 years old and celebrates with a crazy golf tournament with the team

Winners of two more awards

July 2019 – Winners of two more awards! This time in the categories of ‘Customer Service Award’ and ‘Site Staff Member of the Year’ in the ARMA ACE Awards

Signed contracts for our two largest developments

August 2019 – Signed contracts for the two largest and most prestigious developments yet in JFM’s portfolio. Team now up to 16 staff members and over 3,000 units under management.

Finalists in employer of the year

September 2019 – JFM are announced as finalists in the category of ‘Employer of the Year’ in the Property Management All-Stars Awards. The team now stands at 17 team members, winners of 4 national awards in 3 successive awards ceremonies and a portfolio standing at over 80 blocks/estates equating to approx. 3,500 homes under management

A number of exciting announcements

October 2019 – The team celebrate their annual ‘Company Day’ during which a number of exciting announcements are made, including: A New Mission Statement // Our New Website // The Best Employee Benefits Package In The Sector // Thrilling Top-Secret Trial Commencing 2020 (to be announced in due course) //and declare a change of direction for the company – making it all about our Brilliant Staff!

Property Management Awards Finalists in 4 out of 5 award categories entered

October 2019 – PMAs finalists in 4 out of 5 award categories entered, including: Best Managing Agent of an RMC/RTM // Customer Service Award // Employer of the Year // Concierge of the Year

JFM secures an extension to their office space

November 2019 – JFM takes the entirety of the 2nd floor in their building in Harrow, NW London, effectively doubling the size of their office and enabling the room for considerable potential growth over the next 5 years

JFM acquires their latest fabulous client!

In just two years, JFM went from a two-man start-up to an established company, with 10 staff and 50 developments under management.

Fast forward to today (October 2019) and JFM are a multi-award-winning firm with a fantastic team of 17 office staff, 21 site staff, and approx. 3,500 homes under management across 80 blocks and estates.

We’re seen as one of the success stories in the industry of recent times and recognised by many as the industry-leader in consumer-focused block & estate management.

The future looks more exciting still. Be sure to come and check this page out again in the near future as our exciting story evolves.

The below illustrations show the rate of growth over the last 4.5 years since JFM began trading.

One thing we have always been very conscious of is growing too fast. This is why for the majority of our existence we have had our marketing paused. We also started being more selective with the clients we accepted. Consequently, despite what unquestionably is a very successful 4.5 years, JFM has grown at a rate that we’ve been comfortable with. We have never targeted growth at the expense of quality of service, and we think this is evident to anyone who looks at our record in the industry’s high-profile awards ceremonies, not to mention our excellent online review scores.

JFM started off life only serving Resident Management Companies. We relaxed our stance on this when people who were unable to exercise their Right-to-Manage (RTM) or buy the freehold of their block of flats, for whatever reason, started pointing out that we were perhaps side-lining those who maybe needed our consumer-focused style of management more than anyone else. This has not stopped us being highly Resident Management Company (RMC) centric, however, with 96% of our clients (as of October 2019) being RMCs (incorporating RMC / RTM / FHMC / Head Lessors) where the homeowners of the block/estate are our direct client.

The chart below shows the split of our Client Types in more detail.

Key:

RMC – Resident Management Company (those written into the lease from inception)

RTM – Right-to-Manage Company (those who have exercised their legal right to take control of their block)

FHMC / Head Lessors – Freehold Management Company / Head Leaseholders (those who have collectively purchased the head lease or freehold of their block/estate)

Freeholder – Where the freeholder is owned by an entity other than the homeowners of that block/estate

Note: In terms of day-to-day management, RMCs, RTMs, and FHMCs are all very similar; all being types of homeowner-control

The below graphic shows the breakdown of our client sizes in unit numbers.

Do you want to find out more about the team behind JFM?

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Find out more about what our customers think of JFM with some recent testimonials –

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Indicative Quote & Free Inspection

It will take just 5-10 minutes on the phone for us to run through key details about your building so we can produce an indicative quote for you. You can use this as a rough guide to see if we are a good match for your building. If we are competitive, you’ll be entitled to a free site inspection.

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