This guy is a slum lord racist that just wants to take money from college students. He sent a number of shady characters to “fix” things in our unit, the wiring was so wrong in our house that PG&E sent Crawford a letter and he still didn’t fix it. He’s terrible!
When I first moved in there was still furniture in the place from the previous tenant and nothing was cleaned. When I had asked Peter why there was furniture left behind he had responded that the furniture was nice and the previous tenant didn't want to take the items so they were left behind. I was upset that I was not notified ahead of time or at least asked first if I wanted to keep the items. At the time I had just wanted to clean (there were spider webs everywhere!) and organize my furniture accordingly. It took a few days but Peter agreed to have people come pick up the items that were left behind that we did not want. Like every other row house in Philadelphia, we had a few mice but nothing crazy. About 2 years later, I got a roommate with a cat so all mice problems were pretty much solved after that. Before the first year of my lease was up, people had come to show the place; however, Peter had not asked me if I had wanted to renew nor was I notified that showings would even take place. A slightly aggravated email to Peter pretty much solved the issue. When I did have a change in roommates, Peter and I had made several verbal agreements; however, when I had asked for him to honor the agreement he had denied ever agreeing to such terms. Typical lawyer mentality...so take note! Make sure EVERYTHING is written. Living at the apartment for 3 years, things are bound to break. Getting someone out to the place to fix the problem would take a few days and on top of that, it wouldn't be properly resolved it the first time around; they would have to come back several times. It's like they didn't actually know what they were doing and kept on guessing until it magically worked properly. I found dealing with his partner (Dan) much more pleasant. I ended up subletting the place for the last 4 months of the lease. I had followed the proper protocols in notifying Peter and what not. The problem was these companies that came to show people the apartment wouldn't give enough notice and often times just showed up on the front door step. At one point they walked right in and my roommate was in her room getting ready for the day. Overall, communication isn't great, make sure everything is in writing and if you can avoid dealing with him, I would. It's really not worth all the effort.
I was in shock to read the Phillymag.com article and see my old landlord's name pop up. I lived in the city for 15 years and never had a worse landlord relationship than with Peter Crawford. On move in day, our house renovation wasn't finished. There were no stairs to the basement. The windows weren't finished so we couldn't move valuables in. In our first month living at the property, our sewage line broke and a foot of human sewage filled the basement. The remedy was to bucket it out through our living quarters and cover the basement with bleach. The ceiling collapsed on a roommate while he was sleeping in his bed. The unresponsiveness was so out of control we had to have the police call Peter in order to get a response. Simply put, he was the worst landlord I've ever dealt with. I put it in the past, but reading the article brought back old memories. He tried to bully us as a lawyer also, but that didn't deter us and shouldn't deter this website.
Myself and five of my friends lived in a home right off Temple's campus for two years where Peter was the landlord. I did mostly, if not all, of the communication with Peter. Peter responded fairly quickly and was responsive to our complaints. He would send people over to fix certain things, most commonly the drier. The crew he sent was very friendly and did a good job. At times they came later than expected or required a few reminders to Peter to get them back to the house. This was mostly out of his hands because he hired people that also did work in the busy Temple community. Nonetheless, issues were eventually resolved and they did not take a drastic amount of time to resolve. Peter's coworker, Alexis, was helpful. She often responded to our emails and assisted with getting things handled that we emailed her about. One isssue with Peter was he frequently forgot things we discussed. Also he occasionally didn't realize we paid one of our bills (e.g. the water bill). When we renewed our lease, we had an agreement the first month's rent of the new lease would be half of what normally was paid. This was directly stated in the new lease. When some of the tenants were half of what we normally do, Peter gave me a call to see why we were doing this. Although he soon realized what we did was okay, it was annoying at times to keep reminding him of items we discussed. For example, when we renewed the lease, he told us we could opt of the cleaning fee that is required at the end of the lease. We decided to opt out of the fee and had to clean the house ourselves when we moved out. After we moved out, we got charged for the cleaning fee. He did not recal this exchange we had via email. I was able to find a part of the conversation where he proposed the deal. Although it is fair to say the house was not perfectly clean, the fact is still had no rememberence idea that he said this was frustrating. I would highly recommended keeping detailed records if having Peter as a landlord. We did not get our security deposit back in full. When we got our deposit, we disputed it and received some more money back. Although I think we should have a little bit more, the amount we got was still fair and nothing to rant heavily on. Roughly we got 70 percent of the deposit (Be sure to pay rent on time. He may seem like it's not a big deal but he will charge you for late rent at the end of the lease. It is in the lease but it seemed as if he d The biggest factor with our living situation was the house itself. It was over a 100 years old, no central air, and no insulation. Needless to say the winter and summer times were tough. The house could used a renovation. I think most would agree that being able to see your breath in the house should not be acceptable. But, we were easy going and found a way to maximize the comfort of our situation. Overall, Peter is a very average landlord. Some of the tenants never met him in the two year span. He did what we was suppose to and that was it. I'd say if considering Peter, be sure to evaluate the quality of the house in general. If we lived in a better house, with fairly new appliances, (the washer and dryer we had were very old and the basement door was so narrow it may be impossible to every replace them) we wouldn't have had to reach out to Peter as much to fix things wrong with the house. But, I believe none of us had any regrets living in our house.
The best part about renting from peter is that the rent is cheap and affordable. The maintenance men are really nice and easy to talk to as well. When we first moved into the house everything was ready and the walls were painted, and the carpets were cleaned. The backward fence was also enclosed all around. Renting from Peter was a good experience.
Please, if you value your money and your sanity, you will not rent any property with the Peter Crawford name attached to it. This man is crazy, uncaring, and a psychopath. Not only was our house dangerous as hell, we now live near a property of his that is currently getting built and we were told by the cops today that he doesn't have a permit for construction so that had to come by this morning before 8 to shut them down. I am glad this website exists, because currently in the area I live in we are facing the wild wild west of real estate, and with that comes shady people with shady business practices. Where I will there is no accountability for shitty landlords, and this system of abuse needs to stop. Men like Peter Crawford need to be stopped from taking advantage of students who are sucked into renting one of his properties. This man should be jailed for the danger he put us in and many of his other tenants. Avoid this man at all costs. I am not kidding.
Not only is this landlord a terrible human being, it's a waste of time to even try speaking with him. He doesn't seem fully together "up there." Yes, the rent is cheap but don't do it to yourself! It's not worth it. He's taking advantage of college students and will do anything to keep your security deposit. Thoroughly read your lease. Know your rights. Don't let him get away with anything.
Peter Crawford will do anything to take your deposit. One other roommate had nothing wrong with her room but another tenant purposely messed up the room after she moved out so they could replace the carpet and have an excuse to keep the deposit. I also heard this has happened many times in the past! There were times I felt very unsafe in the house, not to mention I had to find another place to live after the bedbug infestation which Crawford blamed me for, keeping my deposit!! Worst experience, don't don't DON'T rent from him.
The apartment we moved into was covered in dust, dirt, and trash from the previous students who lived there. Peter Crawford told us to clean it up ourselves. We had a huge mold problem in the bathroom, and it was fixed a few months into the lease. There was a large rusty nail sticking out of one of the steps, and a friend of mine cut her foot really badly on it. The nail was never fixed or removed. We just put tape over it to avoid it. There were things like a light fixture missing when we first moved in, which contributed to us never getting our security deposit back. When we asked for a list of the reasons of why we did not get our deposit back, he sent us a list of things that were already problems when we first moved in. We showed him pictures of these problems with dates on them, and he completely avoided us after that. DO NOT RENT FROM PETER CRAWFORD.