Pittis goes VeriSmart

Jodie Copson, lettings manager of Pittis, and Neil Baker of VeriSmart – their partnership is proving a hit in the Isle of Wight.

The oldest estate agent on the Isle of Wight has launched its first lettings department and has partnered with VeriSmart Inventories to help make it work.

Pittis, which has seven branches across the island, required an independent inventory service to deal with its properties.

Neil Baker, who launched the VeriSmart brand on the island earlier this year, creates the documents using a trademark system and voice recognition technology.

The inventories list what is contained within a property and tenants and agents can verify it online.

It is a flexible, quick and accurate system that is being used by numerous landlords and agents on the island, and across the country.

Pittis, which was founded by Sir Francis Pittis who died well over a century ago, said that having an independent company compile the inventories was important.

Jodie Copson, lettings manager at Pittis, said: “Having decided to launch a lettings department we required an independent inventory service.

“Having an external company is important in case any disputes arise. Businesses that do inventories themselves are often untrained and leave themselves open to charges that they have a conflict of interest.

“Neil from VeriSmart has made our ability to run a lettings department so much easier.

“He provides a flexible, quick and accurate service which protects landlords and tenants. Increasingly, having inventories is a legal requirement.

“I am able to use VeriSmart’s range of Safety Assessments which really do provide peace of mind for everyone involved.

“Neil also does mid-term visits and checks to make sure the tenants and agents are satisfied. Being able to tell a tenant that Neil will be their contact throughout the tenancy is also reassuring.”

Neil said: “Partnering with Pittis so soon after launching has given a great boost to the business.

“It is a large, respected and professional company and I am able to use my training and knowledge to great effect.

“My VeriSmart business is growing as planned and I have a number of landlords and agents I work for and aim to locally recruit and train more inventory clerks in due course.”

Pittis belongs to Arun Estates, the largest independent estate agency in the south east, operating under four trading brands.


VeriSmart Inventories was re-branded in 2015 after developing its unique smart verification software that allows for the paper-free inventories to be compiled with speed and accuracy. The company was launched 25 years ago in the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation in Dorset, where it is still headquartered. The new technology allowed the business to adopt a franchise model. Some of its licensees make a substantial six figure income. It operates across England and now Wales.

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