The former Apprentice runner-up Jamie Lester, who at one time ran four London estate agency branches under Haus Properties, says he is no longer involved with the company.
In a statement to Estate Agent Today he said that: “As of today, I have sold my share in Haus Properties and no longer run the company.”
Almost exactly a year ago Haus - which was launched in 2011 following Lester’s appearance on The Apprentice show 12 months earlier - opened its fourth office in Fulham.
This was near the original Haus branch; the other two were in nearby Chiswick and Shepherd’s Bush - all areas of London where transactions and prices had boomed from 2011 to 2015.
Haus claimed a year ago that in its first four years of business it had sole £184m of property and collected £145m in rent for its landlord clients.
Despite a high-profile press release saying he had then recruited a star negotiator with experience at Foxtons, rumours began to circulate about the success of Haus.
In July we reported that Haus appeared to be operating from only two of its four offices. Initially, Lester claimed this was due to a lease expiring on one of the closed offices and a strategic decision to “streamline our services and focus our strengths.”
However, rumours about the company continued and last evening Lester told Estate Agent Today: “I had an amazing five years at Haus, and not only am I proud of the brand I created, the team and the awards we received, but I seem to have inspired the industry in approaching agency in a slightly different angle.
“I am very excited taking on my next challenge – whatever that may be.”
There has been no announcement on the future of the remaining two branches or the Haus brand.