Landlord News

Landlords stronger together: National Residential Landlords Association to form

Em Morley - August 30, 2019

We are excited to hear that the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) will be uniting with the National Landlords Association (NLA).

They plan on coming together to deliver a stronger voice for the private rental sector (PRS).

The National Landlords Association (NLA) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) will unite to form the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) with a membership of more than 80,000 landlords making it by far the largest organisation in the sector. Its members will own and manage half a million properties, which makes up about 10% of the private rented sector.

The merger has been endorsed by both boards and will be put to a vote of their respective members in September.  The new organisation is planned to launch officially on 1st January 2020.

The two Chairs, Alan Ward (RLA) and Adrian Jeakings (NLA), have said in a joint statement: “After more than 20 years of friendly competition the time is right to create a single organisation to represent and campaign for landlords.

“With so much of our work done in parallel there are major benefits to be gained for our landlord members.

“We will be stronger together when presenting a unified voice to government both nationally and locally about the importance of supporting the majority of landlords who do a good job providing the homes to rent the country needs.”

With such a merger, we at Landlord News hope to find that, more than ever, the members of this industry have our voices heard by those in power across the UK. By working together, we stand a better chance at overcoming the housing crisis and making the improvements needed for landlords to invest in the PRS and provide tenants with the safe homes they need.

This proposal will be put to members of both associations on 17th September. If successful, the NRLA will launch in the new year, serving landlords in England and Wales.

More information on how to vote can be found here.