LSL, which last week announced a major restructure involving job losses and office closures across its Your Move and Reeds Rains brands, has allegedly ‘whited over’ some of its branches.
We have been told that staff are continuing to work behind the obscured glass.
This picture could apparently be found on social media at the weekend, seemingly showing an obscured window and a notice on the door, while the branding on the fascia seems to have been erased.
The picture was accompanied by the words: “People are still in their consultation period & working in these offices yet the company thinks it’s appropriate to white wash the windows round you and your staff. Let all your friends and family know how LSL (Yourmove/Reeds Rains) treat their staff.”
Also spotted on social media at the weekend was this – apparently the Reeds Rains office in Abergele, Wales:
How it did look:
We have approached LSL for comment and hope to be able to update this story today.
Separately, the company has confirmed that it is getting rid of its in-house IT system.
It will be replaced by Reapit – representing a huge win for the firm. The change-over will take up to two years to implement.
Reapit’s systems will now be in the 280 Reeds Rains and Your Move branches expected to remain after the cull, plus the 64 offices belonging to nine brands in the LSLi wing of the business. Reapit is already in Marsh & Parsons.
A spokesperson for LSL told EYE: “We can confirm that we have begun the process of replacing our legacy in-house developed residential sales and lettings system with Reapit which has already been operated successfully by Marsh & Parsons for a number of years.
“The investment in the new platform and tools is expected to provide better functionality and processes for our estate agency colleagues in the newly established keystone branch networks.
“This solution will also be rolled out across the LSLi group of companies.
“The replacement of the legacy in-house platform will be more cost effective and will enable us to better align our systems across our estate agency brands, enabling us to respond more flexibly to the technological advances being made in the estate agency market.
“These changes will take place during 2019 and 2020.”
LSL is known to have a sizeable IT team that supports the legacy systems in-house, and sources say they expect further redundancies. We did ask LSL about this.
The LSL spokesperson said: “It isn’t appropriate to comment whilst consultations continue to be in progress.”