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Hong KongR.D.A. Estates was founded as a unique residential property investment business in 1992 following Jean & Brian Shillinglaw's return to England from Hong Kong. Jean & Brian relocated to the cosmopolitan city of Brighton & Hove on England's beautiful South Coast.

Jean & Brian were well aware that residential property investment was solid in the UK - particularly in Brighton & Hove.  While working abroad they had experienced the difficulties UK expatriate investors had in finding the time to source reasonably priced UK residential investment property, supported by expert rental and management for landlords who reside far away.


Hong Kong


Late in 1992 three Hong Kong based friends were considering purchasing investment flats. Jean & Brian sourced & recommended five ideal properties within a week. Their recommendations were accepted immediately and rental commenced immediately upon completion of each purchase.  Jean & Brian's aim "to seek investment property with best potential asset growth and maximum long-term rental potential, in order for clients to create a successful property portfolio of properties from the initial recommended purchase" was realised.  R.D.A. Estates was created and became registered as a limited company in September 1993, utilising the initials of their children Russell, Daniel & Anna.

Brighton PropertyRDA soon established the prime locations in Brighton & Hove for asset growth and maximum rentals.  R.D.A. Estates considers over 200 flats each month, chooses to view about 20% and recommends no more than twenty.  Web developed a respected and trusted service for UK expatriates and overseas nationals.  What helped RDA to gain a justified reputation was our detailed knowledge and understanding of residential property investment in Brighton & Hove.  We ensure that our clients receive the best service possible. Our company logo proclaims 'We Arrange It All' and we really do.


Brighton & Hove PropertyTHE PRESENT
RDA's reputation continues to grow on the strength of the experience and expertise we have developed since 1992.  At RDA we aim to provide residential investment opportunities at an affordable cost and to make the property investment process as straightforward as possible.  Our dedicated team advises our clients all along the way and provides experienced and novice investors alike with a 'one stop shop' that takes care of every aspect from sourcing, purchasing and renovating through to renting and managing properties.

We have been approached many times by clients to manage properties in other areas of the UK but we have always declined.  RDA is very much a 'hands on company' and we pride ourselves on our attention to detail as well as our local knowledge and are therefore unwilling to provide such a service further afield.

Successfully sourcing and managing residential investment properties in Brighton & Hove with optimum results for our existing clients, RDA is now developing exciting plans to extend its client base.

After many successful years, Brian is now enjoying retirement.

What Clients Say

AnnaMy name is Anna. I am the A in RDA, alongside my brothers Russell & Daniel.

As an international model I travelled all over the world for clients - including international fashion magazines, international retailers and television companies. I was a model from the age of 16 and I now have my own boutique model agency in London.

Thanks to RDA I have some wonderful investment properties. They make me feel immensely proud and give me a great sense of achievement. I could have an amazing collection of original Prada and Gucci handbags but I have had something more - fantastic properties with excellent rental and asset growth, which I used to purchase my dream home - a delightful property in Surrey.

Without the guidance and expertise of RDA my successful property portfolio and my precious home simply would not have been possible. As I continue my journey I can sleep soundly knowing that RDA is there for me - and all their other clients around the world!


I have been living in a flat managed by RDA Estates since 2002. They are a friendly organisation to deal with and I have found them to be extremely helpful and quick to deal with all matters pertaining to the flat. They respond courteously to any requests and issues as they occur. I have no hesitation recommending them to anyone looking to rent in Brighton & Hove.
Tom, Musician & Brighton Tenant


My first property investment through RDA was in 2000. I have found their advice and guidance invaluable. The staff are always ready to help. Their regular property inspections ensure that I can budget properly for any additional expenditure required. Without hesitation, I would recommend RDA to potential investors.
Stephen Lacey, Sussex


I enjoy living in my flat knowing that RDA looks after it and only a phone call away if anything goes wrong.
Helen, Engineer & Brighton Tenant


I have been a long time customer of RDA, in the past 15 years, I had bought and sold many properties in Brighton and Hove according to their advice, I enjoyed their one-stop shopping service as well as after sale care.

They are one of the most efficient and professional property agent I have been dealing with, and the most important is their honesty, they give you the best advice on property investment.

Thanks to Brian and Jean for helping me built up my wealth in the past years, thanks to David for taking care of my apartments.
Joe Ng
General Manager
Air Canada
Hong Kong, Taiwan and Asia Offline Markets


Whenever we’ve had a problem, RDA Estates have responded swiftly and courteously to resolve it. Things obviously go wrong occasionally with appliances or the like but RDA has always worked hard to minimise any inconvenience to us.
Paul, Council Officer & Brighton Tenant


Dear Jean & David,

Thanks, very many thanks for everything, you make it all so simple!! Thanks again

Dave Lewis, Hong Kong


Strategically situated on the Sussex coast at a Latitude of 50.8289 and a Longitude of -0.1341 - a mere 50 miles due South of central London, Brighton and Hove is easy to reach by road, rail, air, sea and tunnel!

North of Brighton & Hove the A23/M23 provides a direct route to central London. The M25 London Orbital motorway is less than a 30 minute drive away via the A23/M23. East-West routes are served by the A27 dual carriageway.

National Express run coaches from Brighton & Hove to London and to many major towns and cities around the UK.

Fast, frequent rail services can transport you to London Victoria in 49 minutes. Intercity trains connect Brighton & Hove to the rest of the UK.

London Gatwick is on the doorstep of Brighton & Hove, only 30 minutes away by direct train or 28 miles by road.

London Heathrow is just 70 miles away, with direct coach services to Brighton & Hove via Gatwick.

Brighton & Hove is just across the English Channel from northern France with up to three daily departures by ferry via Newhaven/Dieppe.

Less than two hours from Brighton & Hove, the Channel Tunnel connects the city to France, Belgium and beyond.



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The term RDA Estates Limited or "us" or "we" refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is 81 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2BB, England. Our company is registered in Cardiff, registration number 2850602. The term "you" refers to the user or viewer of our website.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

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We understand that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your information is used through paper and electronic means.  We take the privacy of information seriously, and we ask that you read the privacy policy to understand what we do with your information.



Where we collect information, we are doing so to offer you a better and complete service. If any of the information we hold about you is incorrect, we will do our best to correct it quickly on our databases once you notify us. We may need to retain archive copies of personal information for legal & review purposes.

With the exception of the reasons below, we will not disclose your personal information to others. The exceptions:


  1. Where it is necessary for the provision of information or services to you;


  1. Where we are required to by the courts or to comply with other legal, statutory and/or regulatory obligations including accounting and tax requirements;


  1. To prevent and/ or detect crime.


We will not pass your information on to other people and organisations outside our normal working practices without your approval. 



We obtain information about you when you engage us to deliver our services. Information is stored on our Practice Management software which enables us to deliver our services to you.



The personal information we collect from you will vary depending on which services you engage us to deliver.  The personal information we collect might include your name, address, telephone number, email address, your Unique Tax Reference (UTR) number, your National Insurance number and bank account details.



In general terms, and depending on which services you engage us to deliver, as part of providing our agreed services we may use your information to:


  • contact you by post, email or telephone


  • verify your identity where this is required


  • understand your needs and how they may be met


  • maintain our records in accordance with applicable legal and regulatory obligation


  • process financial transactions


  • prevent and detect crime, fraud or corruption


We are required by legislation, other regulatory requirements and our insurers to retain your data where we have ceased to act for you.  The period of retention required varies with the applicable legislation but is typically six years.  To ensure compliance with all such requirements it is the policy of the firm to retain all data for a period of SEVEN years from the end of the period concerned. Please see our data retention policy.



We do not collect any financial information with regards to debit or credit card numbers, or bank account details for any payments made online.  



Keeping your information up to date and accurate is important to us.  We commit to regularly review and correct where necessary, the information that we hold about you.  If any of your information changes, please email or write to us. We are happy to provide you with details of the personal information we hold on you. A copy of this data can be requested at any time. We do not charge a fee for this, and we require identification to be sent before the information is issued.


Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information

Whilst we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.

Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. Where we have given, or where you have chosen, a password which enables you to access information, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential.  We ask you not to share your password with anyone.

Your data will usually be processed in our offices in the UK.  However, to allow us to operate efficient digital processes, we may sometimes need to store information in servers located outside the UK, within the European Economic Area (EEA), USA & New Zealand.  We take the security of your data seriously and so all our systems have appropriate security in place that complies with all applicable legislative and regulatory requirements such as GDPR and EU-US Privacy Shield.



You have the right to ask us to delete personal information about you where:


  • you consider that we no longer require the information for the purposes for which it was obtained


  • you have validly objected to our use of your personal information


  • our use of your personal information is contrary to law or our other legal obligations


  • we are using your information with your consent and you have withdrawn your consent



Where we use your personal information with your consent you may withdraw that consent at any time and we will stop using your personal information for the purpose(s) for which consent was given. Please contact us if you wish to exercise any of these rights.



We keep this privacy notice under regular review.  Paper copies of the privacy notice may also be obtained on request.

This privacy notice was last updated on 24th May 2018.



We seek to resolve directly all complaints about how we handle your personal information but you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office at:


Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane




Telephone – 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745

Website: https://ico.org.uk/concerns



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In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of this website.

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