Residential Landlords Association
National Landlords Association

LANDLORDS STRONGER TOGETHER

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the National Landlords Association (NLA) announced today (August 29th 2019) their intention to unite to create a single organisation for landlords after more than 20 years of friendly competition.

National Residential Landlords Association
(NRLA)

The new Association will have a membership of more than 80,000 landlords making it by far the largest organisation in the private rented sector (PRS). Its members will own and manage half a million properties, about 10% of the PRS.

The NRLA will serve landlords in England Wales and will have a regional structure.

Our extra resources will enable us to increase support for landlords helping them to manage their properties and provide enhanced standards for tenants. We will also be stronger together when presenting a unified voice to government both nationally and locally.

The merger is endorsed by the boards of both current organisations and will be put to a vote of their respective members in September. It is planned that the new Association will be officially launched on 1st January 2020.

If you would like further information, please contact us at landlords@nrla.org.uk.

A Joint Message from The Chairmen of the National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association

Rivalry can be a great stimulant - but can also sap the very strength you need to overcome your real challenges. That's why after 20 years we believe it's time to get together. A coming together of equals.

And together as the National Residential Landlords Association - NRLA - we will work for over 80,000 landlords.

One voice, one more powerful organisation speaking to government and opening up new commercial opportunities.

Services to members will be enhanced and increased. With the synergy of like-minds, and a common cause, we will expand the ways we support you. Your membership will transfer and all existing benefits will be retained.

Subject to your vote in favour, the new organisation will launch in the new year.

Opportunity

Landlords are increasingly under political and financial pressure.

While we are in no doubt that both associations could continue to grow and succeed as they are, bringing the two organisations together to form a single united body will create an organisation which will provide stronger representation, more effective services and an enhanced experience for its members.

We have spent many months developing this proposal and we now ask you to support our vision.

Continuity

As a member of the NRLA, you will enjoy the same benefits and service - with no increase in cost.

However, at the organisational level, the change will be dramatic. By removing the competition between the NLA and the RLA and eliminating the duplication of services and activity, we will be able to make more effective use of the money that members contribute.

The increased membership and resources will generate economies of scale, enabling us to improve services and leverage the collective buying power of our members in negotiating commercial deals. This will increase our effectiveness, raise our profile and attract more landlords to join.

Campaigning

NRLA will campaign with even more vigour for landlords,

We will invest further in research to support our policies. And improve opportunities for your views to influence and direct policy.

The expertise and understanding of the NLA and RLA with their detailed knowledge of the constituency we represent and the capacity to mobilise it into action will be at the heart of the new organisation.

Speaking for more landlords as a single voice will strengthen our representation and influence in Westminster, Cardiff and with local councils. It will enhance our ability to influence debate and policy.

Together we will promote our own positive vision for private renting to help shift the perception of the public and the media, while marginalising the rogues and criminals who are too often portrayed as typical of the majority.

Innovation

We will also work faster and smarter to recognise landlords' changing needs. Changes in the market, changes in legislation and changes in technology are driving innovation. NRLA will embrace these opportunities.

This is not just about offering our own services or working with established providers. We want to seek out the innovators and entrepreneurs, offering them our unrivalled knowledge of the sector, our experience and our market access in greater scale.

More than that, if we are convinced by a business idea, we will be prepared to back it with investment.

Why You Should Vote Yes

Both Association Boards have given the proposal their unanimous and enthusiastic endorsement.

We ask you to do the same and vote YES to unite and empower all landlords.

Alan Ward
Chair
Residential Landlords Association

Adrian Jeakings
Chair
National Landlords Association

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