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What do KONTOR do?

Our award-winning service helps startups, scaleups and established brands to find and secure their perfect office space.

Saving you time, hassle and money.

How does it work?

Tell us what you’re looking for, e.g. the number of people, size, budget and/or location and we’ll take care of the rest!

Our industry experts will present all the available offices matching your requirements (both on and off-market), organise and attend all viewings with you, carry out negotiations and advise you every step of the way to ensure you get the best office space at the best possible price.

How much does it cost?

Typically, our services are completely free! We get paid by the landlord or operator.

If we are unable to secure our fee from the landlord or operator we charge a market standard fee of 10% of the first years rent.

Before every project we will confirm pricing.

Can’t I just do it on my own?

Of course you can, but our industry experts advise you every step of the way, avoiding any pitfalls and importantly saving you time, hassle and money.

Plus, our service is typically free, so why not!

How long has KONTOR been going?

KONTOR was started in 2014. Since then we have worked with over 200 clients, acquiring over 1.25m sq ft of office space in the process which equates to more than 25,000 desks.

Combined, our experts have over 45 years experience in the commercial real estate industry and are chartered surveyors regulated by the RICS.

Kontor has been recognised as one of the Top 100 Startups in the UK in 2017 and awarded EG Offices Adviser of the Year 2017 by industry peers.

What areas do you cover?

Predominantly central London.

However, we’re increasingly helping our clients expand across the UK, Europe and North America. Let us know where and what you are looking for and we would love to help out if we can.

How long does it take to find a new office?

It’s never too early to start looking!

For a short-term flexible space it can be done in a matter of weeks, if not days. However, we always advise to allow 1-3 months just so it gives you enough options.

As a rule of thumb, for a longer-term lease on your own space we always advise 3-6 months. This allows time for finding the right space, lease negotiations and fitting out.

How much office space do I need (sq ft)?

It really depends on the type of layout you would prefer, open plan or more cellularised. In our experience, allow for between 50–75 sq ft per person. This would include breakout space, meeting rooms, kitchens and the like.

What are my options? (flexible or lease)

There are typically 3 routes you can go down depending on your needs:

  1. Short-term flexible space which is fully managed, ready to go and on an all-inclusive desk rate in a serviced office or co-working space.
  2. A traditional lease on your own space. Typically, this is a longer-term option and may require you to fit-out the space and manage everything yourself.
  3. What we call the ‘hybrid option’ which has all the benefits of number one but is your own individual space / floor in a building much like number two.
What’s the difference between flexible and lease options?

Flexible options offer you the ability to scale up and down as you need. They are typically on a license basis for a one year term or less, are fully managed and on an all-inclusive monthly cost. A rent deposit between 1-2 months is often required.

Lease options are typically for longer periods of 2-3 years plus. You aredirectly responsible for the rent, business rates, service charge as well as organising and managing utilities, the internet and cleaning. In addition, the majority of spaces come unfurnished so you are responsible for designing and fitting-out the space as required. This obviously comes as an additional cost and you are responsible for returning the premises as you found it at the end of the term. Other things to consider are a rent deposit of between 6-12 months (dependant on the businesses accounts), potential agent fees, solicitors fees and stamp duty land tax.

What’s included in a flexible / serviced office?

Property costs such as rent, business rates and service charge are all included within the monthly desk rate along with utilities, internet (subject to requirements), cleaning and maintenance. In addition, the space typically comes furnished with desks, chairs and storage (alterations can sometimes be accommodated subject to costs).

What other property costs should I be aware of?

Flexible / serviced office spaces are fully managed and on an all-inclusive basis. A rent deposit of between 1-2 months is often required.

If you are taking a traditional lease on an office typical property costs include the rent, business rates and service charge. Other costs are also applicable such as utilities, the internet and cleaning. The majority of spaces come unfurnished so you are also responsible for designing and fitting out the space as required. This obviously comes at an extra cost and you are responsible for returning the premises as you found it at the end of the term. Finally, a rent deposit of between 6-12 months (dependant on the businesses accounts), potential agent fees, solicitors fees and stamp duty land tax may also be applicable.

So you’re just another broker?

Broker, agent, matchmaker, office finder extraordinaires … and proud of it!

Why? We genuinely think we do things differently. People powered by tech, not the other way round. We’re dedicated to bringing a high level of professionalism combined with a personalised service. Ensuring you get the perfect office space at the best possible price, no bots, no leaving you to it, expert advice all the way!

What other regions do you cover?

We’re increasingly helping our clients expand across the UK, Europe and North America. Let us know where and what you are looking for and we would love to help out if we can.

How do I book a viewing?

Great! Either call us on 020 3770 4279, email contact@kontor.space, live chat via the website or click on ‘arrange a viewing’ on the desired property and we’ll happily arrange a viewing and show you round.

Do you only find office space?

Yes! That said, we have some great friends in the retail and leisure sectors and would be happy to make recommendations, just let us know what you are looking for.

We’re looking for a new big HQ – Help!

Awesome! Most likely the best route would be to take your own lease on a space for a number of years. That way you can design and fit-out the space to your exact specification and culture, not to mention amortise the cost over the term. Also, when acquiring a larger space it is usually more economical to manage it yourself than take a serviced / flexible option.

We’re scaling fast and need flexibility – Help!

Taking over the world – love it! Your best bet is probably a serviced / flexible option. This gives you great flexibility as you scale and is typically all-inclusive allowing you to focus on running your business.

It’s important to point out it can also be your own space / floor within a building, not just a glass box among many. We call this the ‘hybrid’ option.

We only need a couple of desks. Can you still help?

Absolutely! We love working with clients at the start of their journey, it’s why we started Kontor in the first place. The best bet would most likely be the serviced / flexible route because it provides flexibility for growth, an all-inclusive monthly cost and usually a great community vibe meaning you can focus on building the best business possible.

Do you design and fit-out the space as well?

No, but we can certainly make recommendations to some awesome friends of ours at architects or design and build firms dependant on your budget and requirements. Get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

Any jobs available at KONTOR HQ?

We’re always keen to hear from enthusiastic individuals who want to join the KONTOR team and work with our awesome clients. Please send your CV and a brief intro to contact@kontor.space

You’ve got an office dog?

We’ve got three! One even has his own Twitter account @KontorSid