City living pioneer returns to property industry
Leeds city living specialist, Jonathan Morgan, who spent more than a quarter of a century pioneering and driving the city centre’s transformation into a thriving residential market, has returned to the property industry after joining Zenko Properties.
Jonathan launched Morgans in 1997 and the company became the leading city living agency in Leeds, at the forefront of the city’s urban revolution, before being acquired in 2019. Services spanned sales, lettings and property management on behalf of a vast range of clients including individual landlords, private developers, housing associations, banks and major institutions.
Zenko Properties was founded in Leeds city centre in 2015 by Tobias Duczenko and its lettings division currently manages more than 700 properties, as well as offering residential sales, specialist property investment services and block management.
Jonathan joins Zenko as a partner and will support Tobias and the 10-strong team in growing the business and building the company’s reputation as the go to residential agent of choice in Leeds city centre.
Following Jonathan’s appointment, Zenko has already been appointed to let and manage 20 brand new apartments at Devonshire House on York Place. Leeds based property investment company, King & Co is behind the transformation of the stunning Grade II listed building, which was originally built as woollen warehouses in the late 1800’s and designed by architect George Corson in the Victorian Gothic revival style. The apartments will be ready to move into this month.
Jonathan said: “City living has been a major part of my life for more than a quarter of a century and after a short break, I realised that I’m not done with it yet, and I’m excited to be starting a new chapter at Zenko.
“It’s a business that I’ve admired for a long time, with an experienced team, and it has quickly established a strong foothold in the market, with a growing rentals portfolio and a strong sales division. It’s a fascinating time for city living in Leeds, with numerous high-quality schemes on the horizon from both local and national developers, and we’re delighted to win the instruction to let and manage Devonshire House, as we work on becoming the leading city living agent in Leeds.”
Zenko’s founder, Tobias Duczenko, added: “Ever since our first major appointment in 2015 to sell more than 100 homes at The Chandlers on The Calls, and retaining 50% to start our lettings and management journey, we have been able to continue growing and expanding our market share.
“I still deal directly with each individual landlord and this personal touch, combined with high quality marketing and exceptional customer service, is key to our success. Welcoming Jonathan into the team will only enhance this further. He’s very well-known in the industry and is still synonymous with the most successful residential agency the city centre has ever seen, so there’s no doubt he’ll be a valuable addition to Zenko.”
Jonathan is also well-known for his work with local charities in and around Leeds. He is currently a director of two community enterprises in The Hunslet Club and Gipton Fire Station Community Enterprise and was a joint founder of the Crypt Factor, the annual singing competition for the north of England’s property industry, which has so far raised over £900,000 for charity.