I don’t know which Landlords Association is best, what I can tell you is which ones I joined and why they are the right ones for me. I’m also interested in whether YOU are a member of a Landlords Association and why you decided that was the best one for you.
Very early in my career of becoming a landlord I joined Eastern Landlords Association ”ELA”, it was the only one I’d heard of, probably because their Head Office is based in Norwich and so am I. To be honest, my motive at the time was to meet more landlords and to sell them mortgages. That was nearly 20 years ago though and I haven’t been selling mortgages since 2003. Despite that I remain a member as I know that I can walk into their office any time I like and get really good advice. The annual membership fee is less than the price of half an hour with a solicitor and in my experience, not only is their advice massively cheaper, it’s better too as they spend all day, every day advising landlords. Whether I have a difficult tenant issue or I just want to check my understanding on serving notices they are there for me and I’ve yet to present them with a situation they don’t advise other landlords about on a regular basis. As landlords we may well feel alone but the Eastern Landlords Association are there for me when I need them. Sometimes a year or two goes by and I don’t need to call them but I keep paying the fees because I know that one day I will need them and they are worth every penny.
The other association I joined is the National Landlords Association “NLA”. They are much bigger, certainly better funded and appear to have closer relationships with politicians and other centres of influence due to being based in London. They too provide advice and have a good call centre which provides it (so I’m told) but I’ve never used the service because I’d rather phone the ELA knowing that it’s easier for me to pop in any have a coffe with the person I’ve been talking to on the phone and ask them to check forms I’ve completed.
So why did I join the National Landlords Association as well as Eastern Landlords Association you may ask.
The answer is that some of the providers I use offer discounts to National Landlords Association members which outweigh the costs of the annual fees. A good example is that I used a company last year to help me solve an ongoing damp and condensation problem in one of my ground floor flats. The discount I got from that one supplier as a result of being a member of the National Landlords Association saved me the equivalent of two years of membership fees. Therefore, my reason for being a member of the National Landlords Association is purely commercial.
I know several other landlords who speak very highly of several other Landlords Associations including (in no particular order):-
- Devon Landlords Association
- Southern Landlords Association
- South West Landlords Association
- West Counrty Landlords Association
- Scottish Association of Landlords
- Residential Landlords Association
- Cornwall Residential Landlords Association
- Landlords Association of Northern Ireland
- North Staffordshire Landlords Association
- Sheffield and District Landlords Association
- North West Landlords Association
- Humber Landlords Association
- York Residential Landlords Association
- Barnsley Residential Landlords Association
- Gateshead Private Landlords Association
- Darlington District Private Landlords Association
- Portsmouth and District Private Landlords Association
- East Midlands Property Owners
- Guild of Residential Landlords
- North West Property Owners Association
Which Landlords Association are you a member of and why?
@iamalandlord just joined NLA based on your article
— Cemal Ezel (@CemalEzel) September 13, 2012