The country’s two largest landlord organisations are to come together to deliver a stronger voice for the private rented sector.
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, representing about 10% of the private rented sector.
The merger has been endorsed by both association 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.”