New Landlord Association seeking pledges

New Landlord Association seeking pledges

8:30 AM, 3rd October 2018, About 4 years ago 386

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Update: Please now email your pledges to

For the past 18 months, I have mulled over the idea of setting up a new National Landlords association. I won’t bore readers to death explaining why. We all know how frustrated and sickened the community is with the other main associations failing to aggressively fight our corner and instead assist the councils implementing their rotten Selective licensing schemes. Enough is enough.

We could talk forever, but it is now time for action. I have held off taking this leap in the hope that somebody else would take up the baton. I completely understand the reluctance of anybody to get involved. Mark summed it up. A most time consuming venture.

As things stand now, the show is almost ready for the road.

I have set up the National Landlords Alliance. Before I go any further if the National Landlords Association wish to take issue with the National Landlords alliance, I say bring it on. Do it now.

Moving on Banking facilities are in place. I am prepared to act as CEO without salary initially to get the organisation up and running. The organisation will operate out of offices supplied by me on a rent free basis, until profitability can be achieved.

I have a PR/Secretary lined up who will join us subject to salary discussions. She has experience in the industry as well as a journalism degree and lobbying experience.

Following extensive negotiations over several weeks I have got agreement from the former National Chair of the FSB to also join us. Mr Allan has extensive lobbying experience including vast experience gained from negotiating with the former PM Cameron and Osborne, as well as dealing with the devolved Governments of Scotland ,Wales and NI. This would complete the team initially.

I also have organised a preferred solicitor to assist members. The individual I have in mind is a former local authority prosecutor.

We will not be selling courses or cheap smoke detectors. We will absolutely never assist councils implementing any scheme to the detriment of landlords. As regards document downloads, they are available from other sources.

We will be 100% focused on aggressively fighting the Landlords corner.

The fee to join would be £100 pa.

At this stage all I seek is pledges.

If the figures are right we are good to go. A word of caution however,and I don’t mean to insult regular contributors, but at this stage our biggest enemy is Apathy.

If we can get the pledges ie a min of 1000 members we have a new organisation.


Larry Sweeney

Update: Please now email your pledges to

With everyone on board we will hopefully move rapidly to collating the membership required with everyone’s help


Darlington Landlord

19:03 PM, 27th September 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Larry Sweeney at 27/09/2018 - 14:08
count me in

Zaher Waljee

19:48 PM, 27th September 2018, About 4 years ago

I am very pleased to read this Larry and will contribute and join the association when we receive more details. Thank you for your offer and we all should be grateful.
Would it not be possible Mark to make quick progress?
Best wishes and good luck


20:33 PM, 27th September 2018, About 4 years ago

Larry, you can definitely count me in.

Yvonne Halliday

20:36 PM, 27th September 2018, About 4 years ago

I joined RLA as I wanted advice with license inspection, rude and useless took my money first though. If Liverpool City council will recognise you for discounts off their next round of licensing it's a win win.

Maxim Ise

20:40 PM, 27th September 2018, About 4 years ago

Long time lurker who feels this is something we have needed for a very long time.
Even though the Alliance is unlikely to be of much benefit to myself, as I am amoeba sized, I feel strongly enough about the poor way that we have been treated and the way that we are singled out and punished (in ways that corporate landlords never are) that I am more than happy to pledge my £100 to help launch us a better future.

Larry Sweeney

20:53 PM, 27th September 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to Yvonne.
Hi Yvonne, we will not be assisting Liverpool with their next round. We will oppose it and even if they do have another round we will fight every inch of the way to protect landlords from prosecution. The Rla scheme is terrible. You get a discount, then the council use the RLA to bully landlords. I have had sight of letters from the RLA acting as Council tools threatening to evict landlords from their rubbish scheme. We will fight licensing tooth and nail.

radnor man

21:56 PM, 27th September 2018, About 4 years ago

lets do it, £100 from me. Am with the NLA
for 3 years, no benefit ,Have watched this site for a number of years , it has momentum that we want to be part of

Appalled Landlord

23:03 PM, 27th September 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by LANDLORD 35 at 27/09/2018 - 17:41
I found Polly Neate’s article strangely low-key. There was none of the hyperbole that she employs in her press releases.

Four other contributors took the opportunity of promoting longer, one sided, tenancies, and three of them want an end to Section 21.

Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, wrote:

“Unfortunately the private rented sector, on the whole, still has some of the worst housing conditions in the UK”.

“As we look to the future, the private rented sector should provide safe, secure and healthy homes for those who may not be able to afford to buy a home of their own. Options of longer tenancies and reform of Section 21 and Section 8 notices will help with this.”

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive, Crisis:

“We want to see the creation of a standard tenancy agreement which would only allow for notice to be served on justifiable grounds and where rent increases are linked to inflation, providing longer, more secure tenancies.”

Luke Murphy, Associate Director, Institute for Public Policy Research:

“Housing quality remains a more significant issue with 27 per cent of privately rented homes not meeting decent homes standards compared to 20 per cent for owner occupiers and 13 per cent in the social rented sector, suggesting private renters pay far more for less.

Furthermore, private renting provides a great deal less security than the other tenures with assured shorthold tenancies only providing six months guaranteed tenure – the ending of private rented tenancies is the biggest cause (sic) of homelessness acceptances in England.”

“Public policy needs to provide a solid foundation on which to build a private rented sector that can provide those decent, stable and affordable homes that tenants need. In this regard, as currently formed, the private rented sector is not fit for purpose.”

“The government should focus on long-term structural reforms of the sector that ensure it can deliver the homes that tenants need. That means new legislation to give private renters additional security through longer or possibly indefinite tenancies (through the ending of Section 21).”

Terrie Alafat CBE, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing:

“And it’s no coincidence, when people are regularly forced to spend well over half of their income on their rent, that the loss of a private tenancy remains by far the biggest cause (sic) of homelessness in the UK. According to Shelter a staggering 78% of the rise in the number of homeless households since 2011 is a result of the loss of a private tenancy.”

“We’re pleased the government has listened to the calls of CIH and others by proposing to introduce much longer minimum tenancies and we hope to see this progress quickly.”

She thinks there is only one person per property: “The sector has grown rapidly in recent years with some 4.7 million people in England now renting privately compared to 3.9 million who live in social housing.”

But hats off to the RLA! There can’t be many trade bodies so suicidally courageous as to celebrate their anniversary by publishing propaganda that is against the interests of their paying members.

Rob Crawford

4:46 AM, 28th September 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by CazT at 27/09/2018 - 12:36
I would like to think so, but it's not suggested in Larry's description.

Larry Sweeney

8:44 AM, 28th September 2018, About 4 years ago

Over 13000 "reads now". Property 118 will run this in the weekend newsletter. As regards our next step. Keep watching P118 where shortly details will appear where landlords can email us their contact details. Once again a big Thank you to luke P for the offee of a £500 contribution from their group. Having received contact details of all members, we can individually update everybody privately outside of the public forum.

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