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We are independent estate agents with three offices covering East Devon and West Dorset, plus Park Lane in Mayfair. We offer a large selection of coastal or inland properties along the Jurassic coast for sale and rent. We also have departments specialising in residential lettings, and the sale of Commercial premises.

Residential Sales

Sell Your Home with us for a Comprehensive Marketing Package and Excellent Service

Our philosophy is to help find the right property for the right customer, assisting all to move home in as stress-free environment as possible. This is achieved with the help of our local knowledge, together with strong links with local surveyors and solicitors. Our aim is to provide the highest quality service whether buying or selling.

  • If you're thinking of selling our marketing strategy is local, regional and national, starting with ...
  • A full colour sales brochure to include a colour floorplan and sale board.
  • We will advertise your property in the local newspapers and have regular editorial features. This will then be echoed in glossy magazines every 8 weeks both digitally and in hard copy.
  • We will then multi-list your property through all the Experts in Property agencies and the Guild, as well as our own offices in Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Seaton and Park Lane.
  • We are on all the major property portals including Rightmove, Zoopla and Primelocation - giving your property the widest internet coverage available by any local agent, plus our own website.
  • We will search our database for prospective purchasers and will telephone, post or email out the details of your property to them, depending on their preference.
  • We arrange accompanied viewings and provide timely feedback to you after each one, 7 days a week.
  • Once a sale has been agreed, we will then verify funds and follow through to completion, keeping in touch with you, your purchaser and both parties' Solicitors.

We offer this complete service for one, low Sole Agent fee. Contact your local branch to book your FREE Valuation and to discuss how we can tailor our marketing package to suit your property.

Commercial Sales
With thirty years plus of experience in commercial sales Fortnam Smith 7 Banwell have become one of the established agents in the East Devon and West Dorset region. We offer a range of commercial properties from Hotels, Guest Houses, and Shops, to Tea Rooms, Restaurants etc.

We are delighted to be part of Expert Agent, a network of nationwide agents, are members of Propertymark, have Client Money Protection and are members of The Property Ombudsman. We pride ourselves on being able to provide a professional and friendly service. We help to make decisions from pre-letting to finding a tenant, through to managing the property. We offer Landlords a fully managed service or tenant find fee. However, we are also able to arrange a bespoke package to meet landlords needs. Our tenant and landlord fees are very competitive.

Please call 01297 21120 or email us at to discuss any aspect of letting a property.

TENANT FEES SCHEDULE - New Assured Shorthold Tenancies (ASTs) signed on or after 1st June 2019

Holding Deposit (per tenancy) - One Week's Rent. This is to reserve a property. Please Note: This will be withheld if any relevant person (including any guarantor(s)) withdraw from the tenancy, fail a Right-to-Rent check, provide materially significate false or misleading information, or fail to sign their tenancy agreement (and / or Deed of Guarentee) within 15 calendar days (or other Deadline for Agreement as mutually agreed in writing).

Security Deposit (per tenancy. Rent under £50,000 per year) - Five Week's Rent. This covers damages or defaults on the part of the tenant during the tenancy.

Security Deposit (per tenancy. Rent of £50,000 or over per year) - Six Week's Rent. This covers damages or defaults on the part of the tenant during the tenancy.

Unpaid Rent - Interest at 3% above the Bank of England Base Rate from Rent Due Date until paid in order to pursue non-payment of rent.  Please Note: This will not be levied until the rent is more than 14 days in arrears.

Lost Key(s) or other Security Device(s) - Tenants are liable to the actual cost of replacing any lost key(s) or other security device(s). If the loss results in locks needing to be changed, the actual costs of a locksmith, new lock and replacement keys for the tenant, landlord any other persons requiring keys will be charged to the tenant. If extra costs are incurred there will be a charge of £15 per hour (inc. VAT) for the time taken replacing lost key(s) or other security device(s).

Variation of Contract (Tenant's Request) - £50 (inc. VAT) per agreed variation. To cover the costs associated with taking landlord's instructions as well as the preparation and execution of new legal documents.

Change of Sharer (Tenant's Request) - £50 (inc. VAT) per replacement tenant or any reasonable costs incurred if higher. To cover the costs associated with taking landlord's instructions, new tenant referencing and Right-to-Rent checks, deposit registration as well as the preparation and execution of new legal documents.

Early Termination (Tenant's Request) - Should the tenant wish to leave their contract early, they shall be liable to the landlord's costs in re-letting the property as well as all rent due under the tenancy until the start date of the replacement tenancy. These costs will be no more than the maximum amount of rent outstanding on the tenancy.

Landlord charges – Managed 10%

Finder’s Fee – Please contact the office to discuss a personalised service to suit your requirements