Rob Crawford

Registered with Property118.com
Saturday 26th April 2014


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 825

Rob Crawford

19:52 PM, 2nd October 2020
About 2 months ago

Agency request ICO registration for copy of tenancy?

The agency in the case of the property they manage for you is the ico registered data controller. They are responsible for data provided to them by the tenant. The agency should get explicit permission from the tenant to share personal information credit check data/results, ast etc with the landlord. From a data controller position, the agency will want to know that this data is being protected by the landlord. This can be covered in the agencies terms of business agreed between the landlord and the agency. In the event that the landlord intends to "use" this data to third parties (good examples would be providing copies to mortgage or insurance providers), outside the control of the data controller, the agency could decide to limit the giving of data only to ico registered landlords or only showing you the data at their office. Otherwise how can the agency's data controller enforce the correct management of that data? If you are managing your other properties, you will be holding personal tenant data already and should already be registered with ico. This subject always causes much debate and I have personally asked the ico to clarify the landlord / agent position with a specific example. The existing guidance is very wishy washy. Many may disagree with the above but ask yourself, if you were the data controller would you want to ensure the data remains under your control- I think most would!... Read More

Rob Crawford

16:44 PM, 16th September 2020
About 3 months ago

Lincoln Licensed Deathtraps

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 16/09/2020 - 16:01
Did Lincon LA plan to conduct an inspection within a reasonable time scale (required by law once paid for)? Did the former landlord falsify a self-declaration? Did the LA issue a self- declaration requirement with the application for the landlord to complete? Did Lincon LA scrutinise the self declaration, if issued, once received. Or did they just issue a licence? If a self assessment was asked for and completed fraudulently, will Lincon LA be taking legal action against the former landlord? Luke, on the basis of the article, there are just too many details that we don't know. Maybe Bond PG or Lincon LA expand on this!... Read More

Rob Crawford

15:45 PM, 16th September 2020
About 3 months ago

Lincoln Licensed Deathtraps

It beggars belief that Bond HG took over these properties before inspecting them. I am pretty sure most landlords would not rely on the condition of a property by virtue of a licence having been issued. Prior to the commencement of a licensing, scheme the Local Authority will require the landlord to complete an an application that includes a self declaration that the property meets the required licence standard. The LA cannot possibly resource the inspection of all properties that come under the licensing scheme before the schemes is introduced. So my understanding is that licenses are issued based on the trust that the landlord has met the requirements of the licensing standard. An inspection will, at some point, take place. Without a doubt, some landlords cannot be trusted, this is a great disappointment, they will eventually be found. Why should a good honest landlord with a self-declared compliant property (the majority) not get a licence? I see no suggestion on how a LA could better implement a licensing scheme, it's a difficult conundrum, I don't have the answer! Buyers and renters do need a means to check if the inspection has been completed and know, if done, whether the inspection is compliant. LA's need to conduct inspections asap once licensing schemes are introduced. Landlords that provide an obviously false self declaration should be penalised severely.... Read More

Rob Crawford

17:22 PM, 27th August 2020
About 3 months ago

Global Estate Agent commission comparison

It beggars belief, the majority of us utilise the services of estate agents and expect to receive a good professionally service - for nothing.... Read More

Rob Crawford

13:35 PM, 19th August 2020
About 3 months ago

Rent Repayment Order Magic Money Tree is pretty much dead!

My understanding is that this was a Tribunal and as such was not chaired by a judge in a court of law. It does not set a precedent. It is also evident that the decision was based on certain circumstances (rent arrears etc). The only thing that is likely to change is that the "no win, no fee" law firms will not take on such a case where winning is obviously unlikely.... Read More