Rob Crawford

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Rob Crawford

11:00 AM, 2nd April 2020
About 2 days ago

NRLA merger completes and Chair is announced

I should imagine the first thing she will do is remove all the duplication of hierarchy and other workers and assets to reduce cost and increase profit and share holder value.... Read More

Rob Crawford

10:36 AM, 2nd April 2020
About 2 days ago

Tenancy ends and how to observe Covid-19 lockdown?

1. Guidance states moving is prohibited. So 2, 3, 4 are irrelevant. But assuming you ignore this:
2. To achieve social distancing, I suggest you let her leave and do the check out after. Is it essential- depends on interpretation of local police! Are you likely to be stopped? If not, don't worry about it.
3. Yes, but you get vacant possession on the day she checks out.
4. Return only after you both agree on any delapidations. Get a signed agreement. Process depends on whether it's a DPS "insured" or "custodial" scheme - go to their website for details.... Read More

Rob Crawford

8:59 AM, 2nd April 2020
About 2 days ago

Windows smashed and tenant abandoned property?

If smaller personal possession are gone, I would assume abandonment, you may have to put into storage any possessions left. As per Neil's advice, secure the property some self employed are still working and it is essential that you secure the property. Consider chip board as a quick fix temp replacement until you can get a glazer to secure the windows. Change the locks. Then sack the agent for falling for the oldest trick in the book, seek compensation. Place abandonment notices on the door. Seek legal advice on abandonment law as this is complex.... Read More

Rob Crawford

19:11 PM, 1st April 2020
About 3 days ago

Government have created chaos in the PRS

In these times of uncertainty there will always be some confusion and certainly some aspects of actions taken by the Gov't could have been better managed. However, in relation to tenants not wanting to pay rent. I put this down to the tenants wishful thinking rather than anything else, The recently released "Covid-19 Guidance for Landlords and Tenants" is quite clear in page 7. Clause 1.1 & 1.2 "Tenants should continue to pay rent and abide by all other terms of the tenancy agreement to the best of their ability". Landlords are encouraged to talk to tenants who have problems and to agree to a plan "to pay of arrears". There is no mention of a free ride. Tenants are pointed towards Shelter, CAB & The Money Advice Service. I wonder what they are saying to tenants! In Bristol the tenants activist group "Acorn" has founded the "Bristol Rent Strike Group" and are encouraging tenants not to pay their rent. It is the actions of these groups that are causing many of the issues that landlords are now having to face. I agree that the Government has now disarmed Landlords by prohibiting the possession process and extending the notice period to 3 months. Section 21's can still be served as can the sections 8, but until the Courts get back up to speed landlords are stuck. This encourages tenants to challenge their landlords. I also think the Covid-19 isolation guidance and gas safety and electrical wiring safety inspection (the later is not yet legislation) requirements conflict and has caused much confusion. A six month extension approach, as introduced for MOT's needs to be introduced and acceptance that a section 21 remains valid if a gas safe check is not conducted due to the Covid-19 isolation rules. So new NRLA Chairperson, what are you doing about it?... Read More

Rob Crawford

16:23 PM, 27th March 2020
About A week ago

Which Landlords are classed as self-employed for Coronavirus help?

The Government has made some significant efforts to ensure rent does not go into arears. There are not many tenants that can't take advantage of them should they become unemployed. As such if rent is not being paid the circumstances of the tenant needs to be investigated. Obviously if you property is in a void and untenanted you will loose rent income. This is one reason why a mortgage holiday should be considered. Not ideal but considering the circumstances landlords are not in the worse position.... Read More