Rettie has appointed Rob Trotter as Director of New Business for Lettings, joining from DJ Alexander where he spent nearly two decades, most recently as Director of New Business (Scotland), as we look to significantly increase our lettings activity over the next few years. Rettie currently manages over 2,000 rental properties.

Rob Trotter, Director of New Business for Lettings, said:

“There is massive potential for the firm to grow the lettings side of the business, underpinned by Rettie’s unwavering commitment to relationship-driven customer service. It has been a big move for me, it is the only other firm I would have joined at this point in my career. The ethos that Simon Rettie, Neil Cunningham, and the team have built was a deciding factor.

Property management companies often fail to deliver a personalised service. By delivering a service centred around a team of dedicated, single point of contact, property managers, we want to be the best in our class, which doesn’t always mean being the biggest. We’re seeing strong demand from portfolio landlords who are demanding a more data-driven and pro-active approach.”

In his new role, Rob Trotter will work closely with Commercial Director Neil Cunningham, who joined Rettie a year ago, bringing experience from Foxtons and latterly Knight Frank London, where he oversaw the financial performance of the lettings business in South West London and the surrounding rural area. Rob is also supported by Karen Turner, Director of Lettings (Edinburgh and Glasgow), and the firm’s lettings team across Scotland, along with the Rettie research department, the largest in the Scottish private sector, led by Dr John Boyle.

Neil Cunningham, Commercial Director, Rettie said:

“Lettings is a fast-growing division for us, and Rob adds the kind of high-level experience that will enable us to grow even more quickly, whilst maintaining our personal service where every landlord is given a named contact dedicated to everything from letting the property to maintaining it. At Rettie, we continue to invest in our people, strengthening our teams so that we are always aiming for that best-in-class standard in the sector.”

Simon Rettie, Managing Director, Rettie said:

“I founded Rettie just over 30 years ago, and now I look forward to the next 30 years when we will continue to serve our customers with the high levels of service that we are known for. With this strong team in place, lettings will continue to be at the heart of our strategy for the future.”

Rettie is set to publish its Summer 2023 Market Briefing on the Scottish lettings market this month, with demand continuing to outstrip supply, particularly in Scotland’s main cities, rent still at historic highs, the average time to let at historic lows, against the backdrop of the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, and new Scottish Government legislation on the sector.