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


Larry Sweeney

8:33 AM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Apologies to Paul Maguire. Paul thanks for your support.
You are correct Landlords our numbers will make this a great success.
To join email us


8:38 AM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Hi Larry
I have pledged my support by email and am keen to pay to get this progressed.
I suggest collecting all pledges and start a national newspaper marketing campaign with hard hitting facts to attract more landlords.
Property 118 is a fabulous website but there are millions of landlords who have not heard of it. I tell every landlord I meet about it but who knows if they bother to sign up and read.
We need to spread the net wider and gather as much support as possible.
Thanks for all your time to date

Larry Sweeney

9:24 AM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Thanks Miascot. Excellent idea that is why the numbers are vital, to give us firepower to employ tactics like you suggest.
With Respect to CPM. He mentions in his strange post something about "all our pledges". We have checked CPM out and he has not pledged at all. So CPM who suggests that we become a housing charity is a fraud.

Michael Barnes

12:55 PM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Larry Sweeney at 18/10/2018 - 09:24
I read CPM's post as positive, not negative:
- If NLA could be set up as a charity (I don't know if that is possible), than it would have 25% more money to spend.
- As a charity, it's aims would be (something like) to raise awareness of the issues affecting those who actually provide homes, and the detrimental effects of policies on those who have or need rented homes.

Of course, you reading could be correct and he is just taking the p...

Hugh Jass

13:14 PM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Michael- we are all aware of the issues. We need a set up to fight/deal those issues. Charities have proven themselves to be ineffective at this.

We're being hammered on many fronts by a conservative government(who would ever have thought that?) It would be worse under Corbyn.... Its time to fight back ! Im 100% with Larrys thinking.

Richard Adams

13:33 PM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Apart from anything else setting up and running a charity is irksome. The need for Trustees and accountability to Charity Commissioners etc not that the latter are able to check up on all the charities that are springing up all the time. They tend to focus on the big ones. Come to think of it maybe they should have a look at Shelter?! Help for Heroes had their knuckles rapped couple of years ago for paying their Chief Exec too much. Mind you he was the founder and his family were on payroll as well!!!


13:39 PM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Michael Barnes at 18/10/2018 - 12:55
My comment was a bit tongue in cheek, SHELTER has charitable status, it gets a 25% uplift through gift aid to fund its negative attacks on Landlords, I am a landlord of 25 years standing, I have pledged £100, I am simply saying that if our organisation were a charity with a “worthy” intention we would have £125 per pledge to fight the charity which attacks us daily!

Hugh Jass

13:49 PM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

CPM- it won't be as effective run as a charity...Just my opinion. And from experience as a Director of a ICO.

Larry- are you considering investors to get this off the ground?


16:45 PM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by James Bolton at 17/10/2018 - 21:51
What's your point James? And what is your interest in it?

Larry Sweeney

18:58 PM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Hi Hugh.
I have not sought investors. I simply wanted landlords and we are hoping to oficially launch in approx 2 Weeks. If any body wishes to contribute further we would be delighted to accept , as it is vital to have a war chest. Apart from finances having large numbers gives us more clout. I have pared costs to the bone. Im taking no salary and have given offices I own to the alliance, i will charge some rent in due course. John Allan Former FSB chair is on board on a consultancy basis , so I have made the figures work. I cannot over emphasise the importance of recruiting more members, having said that we are wiping the floor with the rate of sign ups compared to the other organisations who are losing members.

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