Industry peers award Countrywide’s lettings MD Outstanding Contribution award

Residential Lettings

Friday, July 9, 2010

Industry leaders at the 2010 Lettings Agency of the Year awards have nominated John Hards, Co-Managing Director of Countrywide's lettings division, an award to celebrate his outstanding contribution to the Lettings industry.

The award reflects the hard work and the exemplary commitment and dedication to the lettings industry.

John's career in the industry began 35 years ago when he first qualified as a Chartered Surveyor, before joining Countrywide in 1981. In the years that have followed, John's ongoing commitment has helped propel the lettings division to become one of the fastest growing and most successful parts of the Countrywide Group, and an industry leader in its own right.

Countrywide's lettings division now operates more than 200 branches, including recent acquisitions such as Hamptons International and the Letmore Group, which offer a comprehensive range of professional services for the 50,000 landlords and tenants the business serves every year.

In addition to his role at Countrywide, John's dedication to the industry has extended to a number of high-profile Directorships with ARLA and NFoPP, during which time he has worked tirelessly to improve the regulation, training standards and service offering of theUKlettings market.

A founding member and director of The Tenancy Dispute Service, John was also behind the creation of Let's Cover - theUK's first specialist insurance products, designed especially for Landlords.

Commenting on the award, John said; "I am absolutely delighted and flattered to receive such an award. Having been involved in the industry for so long I have seen it change beyond recognition. It is so important that we have high standards and treat both Landlords and Tenants fairly and my involvement has simply been directed at helping to achieve just that."

Grenville Turner, Countrywide Chief Executive said; "John has invested a lifetime's commitment to raising the industry's service standards to help create the professional, regulated lettings industry as we know it today. His passion for transparency, innovation, trust and accountability is well known, with his colleagues and industry peers holding him in the highest regard."

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