Meet the Team

Andy Lay

Andy Lay (MARLA) - Director


Failure is never an option. I believe if I do a good job by other people they will automatically return. I’ve been an estate agent for over 20 years; I don’t suffer fools gladly, but know how to get the best out of people to succeed. Property is a people business; Darren and I have been very hands-on growing Portland Estate Agents, and building relationships with our clients has been a priority since day one. I’m an avid attender of 80s inspired Rewind Festivals, and also have challenged myself to climb a mountain.

Darren Somaiya

Darren Somaiya (MARLA) - Director


Clients are always our focus. I’ve been in estate agency for many years, the last 10 in this area. Ambition drove me to start Portland Estate Agents, and it also drives me to always want to get things right for our clients. I believe in being open and honest, and I pay a lot of attention to details in order to give each client a personal service. Andy and I complement each other well; having worked together for years prior to Portland, we know how to play to each other’s strengths. We still get excited over a deal, and that will never change. I enjoy going on holidays exploring new places and meeting new people, as well as spending time with family and friends.

Andrew Cumming

Andrew Cumming - Lettings Manager


I started in lettings over 20 years ago. I’d always had an interest in property, sparked by my family’s visits to country houses and my friends’ passion for renovating medieval churches. After sending letters to every estate and letting agent in the area, a letting agent offered me a position as Junior Negotiator and I’ve worked my way up through corporate and independent agencies to Lettings Manager. My patience, diplomacy, and tenacity sit well in a lettings environment. I enjoy a game of golf when I can, but my new baby girl is where I devote my free time.

Jo Frati

Jo Frati - Property Manager / Office Secretary


I love organisation at work or at home. I like, or should I say need, to have things organised. I’m the one behind the scenes ensuring that no details are missed and keeping everything together. I’ve worked in property for 15 years, often in pressurised environments, but being the ‘central hub’ for Portland is where I’m supposed to be. I’m a mum of three and also an avid reader of the classics, and yes, one of my favourites is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

What Our Clients Say...

The guys over at PE were excellent throughout the entire cycle from viewings to signing the contract. They did everything and more to ensure my experience was seamless. Would highly recommend Andrew and the rest of the guys over at Portlands.

Rahul Kumar - Tenant

Professional and friendly service. My first experience using an estate agent could not have gone any better. Always available by phone or email no matter how minutia the question or need is. Within 25 hours they (Andrew) had found me a couple who have already moved in! Strongly recommend their services. Thank you so much to the Portland Team.

Liza Silvanian - Landlord

Darren and Andy were excellent at helping us to secure our new home - knowledgeable and sensible, lots of attention to the transaction, and great drive to get us over the line. Thanks both!

David Scott - Buyer

Finally, we sold our flat. It was a roller coaster journey for us-- with the great help of Darren and Andy who were there to guide us along the way (as we are selling our property for the first time) these duos really did a fantastic job of explaining to us and giving us information as we go about with the process. They would call, update us by email, phone and would go extra mile.. I couldnt thank them enough. Thank you Portland Estate Agents. Highly recommended!

Rhodora Requilme - Seller

Very helpful people, I found an amazing house to rent in a short period of time. I have relocated from another country and they helped me a lot.

Anca Novac - Tenant

I would highly recommend Portland Estate Agents. They offered a highly efficient service with clear communication, regular and reliable updates. Offered frank advice in relation to the market which ensured a sale within 5 weeks in this competitive market. The office of Portland estate agents always offered a warm welcome.

Patricia Walsh - Seller

I sold a 3-bedroom house in NW10 area through Portland Estate Agents. I am very satisfied with their service from valuation to sale, and I strongly endorse Portland Estate Agent with high ratings as their service is great and above expected. I would like to thank Darren, for being helpful, always responsive; and highly knowledgeable during the transaction. Thanks team Portland!

Ahmed Al - Seller

A very good company with an exemplary service. Jo Frati, the Property Management looks after me very well and I would recommend them to everybody.

Hisham Alshehatha - Tenant

We rented our flat through Portland and it was a very smooth process. We are 'inexperienced' renters and the whole process was much less stress and time-consuming then expected, Andrew was really helpful, particularly with finding a solution to some reference issues.

Tansy - Tenant

Brilliant service! from start to end, kept giving us updates regarding our purchase. big thanks to Darren for the support throughout the sale! i would highly recommend Portland estate agents!! i will definitely consider using it in the future. Always ready to answer multiple questions and give their expert advice. They have put lots of effort to make it all happen and we finally got there. Thanks for everything! good luck to the Portland team!!!!

Chirague Jamnadas - Buyer

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