We know that the economic rewards of investment in housing are enormous. Every £1 spent puts £3 back into the wider economy. And because every new home built creates jobs, it also gets people back into work.
But housing offers so much more. A decent home is a fundamental building block to a healthy, independent and dignified life, providing the secure base people need to achieve their aspirations.
That is why the RLA is delighted to be one of six core partners in Homes for Britain - a united voice for housing.
The RLA has teamed up with the Chartered Institute of Housing, Crisis, the Home Builders' Federation, the National Housing Federation, and the Royal Institute of British Architects to put housing at the top of the political agenda by creating Homes for Britain.
"One home in six is now supplied by private landlords - a vital part of the diverse provision of UK housing. Homes in the private rented sector give over eight million tenants choice, affordability and, above all, the facility to move home easily with little legal process or cost, to follow careers and relationships. Furthermore, according to the latest English Housing Survey, 86 per cent of tenants are satisfied with their homes in the private rented sector."
"The Residential Landlords Association works to improve standards for landlords, their property and service to tenants through advice, information and training. We also represent the interests of the country's 1.2m landlords to national and local government, supported by research and briefing papers.
"The RLA also works in partnership with other key organisations across the sector. As core partners of Homes for Britain we recognise that no single interest can resolve Britain's housing issues, but our unified voices can demonstrate harmony across many areas. For this reason the launch of Homes for Britain marks a significant new strategic alliance, which can bring greater emphasis to the case for better investment, not just in the private rented sector, but all housing sectors."
Chairman, Residential Landlords' Association
Homes for Britain will be officially launched during the conference season, with a drinks reception at the Conservative Party Conference on Monday 8th October, in Hall 10b, ICC at 7.30pm.
Speakers include the new housing minister Mark Prisk, John Cridland (director-general, CBI), and Gary Porter (Conservative Leader, LGA). The reception will see a further 40 housing leaders present, and will also include a short video (above) outlining the aims and aspirations of Homes for Britain.
All RLA members attending the Conservative Party Conference are cordially invited to join us.
However, the Homes for Britain message also spreads across all three major party conferences, with a huge range of events supporting the Homes for Britain campaign:
It is time to move housing to centre stage this party conference season, so please join us.
For more information please visit www.homesforbritain.org.uk.