Rob Crawford

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 26th April 2014


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 554

Rob Crawford

11:31 AM, 22nd March 2019
About 3 days ago

Reasons for rent rise above normal this year?

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 22/03/2019 - 09:22
Was this the advice of a presenter at the meeting or the NLA rep or exec from HQ or just a general feeling?... Read More

Rob Crawford

12:55 PM, 21st March 2019
About 3 days ago

Fergus Wilson's response to BBC Panorama

Dear Mr & Mrs Wilson, taking all into consideration I think you both did quite well during the programme. The houses in particular were very nice and demonstrates that landlords do provide nice well maintained properties. You were able to nip-in-the-bud any controversial issues that were directed at you. In one exchange you did mention that "the landlord is in charge!" Good for you. I was hoping to hear the reasons why your children were not interested in taking on the properties, no doubt due to tax and regulation issues, so edited out. In your situation, selling up is probably an astute call and I suspect many will be following you! All the best for the future - don't forget to take time out for the odd holiday!... Read More

Rob Crawford

12:34 PM, 21st March 2019
About 4 days ago

Reasons for rent rise above normal this year?

Hi Alan, you don't mention how your current rents compare with others in the local area. You don't want to raise them above the market rate or you will likely loose your good tenants. Unless you are well below the current market rate already, I would put this on hold for now until agents increase their rates, an inevitable outcome with the tenant fee ban coming into effect in June. Landlords will then respond by instructing their agents to increase their rents. At that point increase yours. Assuming you have mortgagees and you are in the higher tax bracket, you can sight Section 24 of the finance act. If not then use a Consumer Price Index for Housing average calculation of annual changes since the last increase. I assume your tenants pay their own water/gas/elect/CTax, if not these need to be included. Use a section 13 with a simple covering letter to justify the increase. Also, check your AST, it may mention how any increase is to be calculated.... Read More

Rob Crawford

9:40 AM, 19th March 2019
About 6 days ago

Fergus Wilson Panorama documentary - now available on iPlayer

Reply to the comment left by dismayed landlord at 19/03/2019 - 08:28
We can only comment on what was presented. Unfortunately a negative perception was the result and to many "perception is real", even if we know otherwise. It would be great for Fergus to comment on his view of the program!... Read More

Rob Crawford

8:18 AM, 19th March 2019
About 6 days ago

Fergus Wilson Panorama documentary - now available on iPlayer

Disappointed with last nights programme. Such an opportunity lost, no mention of tax issues that must be the main reason his kids don't want to inherit. Could have said he was selling those with mortgages first due to section 24. Blaming mortgage provider t&c's for not renting to dss etc. Property was in better condition than I anticipated. Fergus is not the best speaker, the "Landlord is in control" bit made me cringe as will no doubt be picked by anti landlord groups. Not representative of all landlords (but will be deemed to be!) - have decided to not where my cap anymore!... Read More